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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Franklin pick confirms commitment to the run

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Packers increase competition among running backs

Jonathan Franklin of UCLA joins the Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY—With the selection of Johnathan Franklin in the fourth round, the Packers sent a message to the rest of the NFL: They have committed to the run.

The first half of that message was sent in the second round on Friday, when the Packers picked Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, a big, pounding runner. On Saturday, the Packers completed the message by trading back into the bottom of the fourth round and grabbing Franklin, an elusive, one-cut back who shares a distinction with Lacy: They each rushed for more than six yards a carry last fall.

All of a sudden, a team that lived on the pass has added a second dimension to its offense. All of a sudden, the Packers have a running game that can be expected to pound out the third-and-ones and force defenses to respect plays that don’t include an Aaron Rodgers pass.

View photos of the Packers' fourth round draft picks

“You always want to run the ball. We had to improve the running game,” Packers Running Backs Coach Alex Van Pelt said on Saturday.

Franklin, 5-10, 201, rushed for 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns for UCLA last season. His draft stock rose late in the season, especially following a star performance in the Pac-12 title game, when he ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He followed that with an impressive display at the Senior Bowl, where he played bigger than his body and showed a particular fondness for pass protection.

“Two different style guys. Franklin is more of an elusive, make-you-miss style of guy,” Van Pelt said.

Lacy and Franklin join a backfield that hasn’t produced a thousand-yard rusher since 2009. Combined, Lacy and Franklin rushed for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns as college seniors.

“I personally thought (Lacy) was the top back in the draft,” Van Pelt said. “It’s obviously going to increase competition. It made that room better.”

The Packers have been in the bottom half of the league rush rankings for the past three seasons. Lacy, Franklin and a new commitment to the run can be expected to change the trend and force opponents to look at the Packers differently.

“It’s what you shoot for, balance. If we can get that balance, it’s obviously a key to success,” Van Pelt said.

“Eddie Lacy is a great running back and now we’re a team. I’m so excited to be up there with Datone (Jones),” Franklin said, referring to his UCLA teammate, the Packers’ first-round pick.

Franklin was thought to be a second/third-round prospect, but wasn’t disappointed that he lasted into the fourth round.

“I’m just blessed to be drafted. I’m happy that I did get picked and I’m happy to be part of a great organization,” he said.

 
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