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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Great year for safeties; depth at cornerback

Posted Apr 8, 2013

Packers have drafted well at defensive back

Texas S Kenny Vaccaro

GREEN BAY—One of the best safety crops in years highlights a class of defensive backs that offers starter-quality cornerbacks outside the first round.

“Very deep, solid at the top, good depth in the second and third rounds,” is how draft guru Tony Pauline describes the class of safeties in this year’s NFL draft. Pauline puts Kenny Vaccaro of Texas, Matt Elam of Florida and Eric Reid of LSU at the top of the class.

“Kenny Vaccaro was a terrific player for three years. Put him in centerfield, over the slot receiver; he has a well-rounded game,” Pauline said.

A big part of Vaccaro’s rise up boards is his cornerback-like coverage ability. It’s a good defense against a no-huddle offense trying to trap a defense into mismatches.

“Matt Elam is the same as Vaccaro except Elam doesn’t have Vaccaro’s size. Eric Reid is more of a zone safety. He’s a big hitter; more of an in-the-box kind of guy. You won’t put him over a slot receiver,” Pauline said.

As many as a dozen safeties might be selected in the first three rounds. Pauline likes Earl Wolff of N.C. State as a mid-rounds pick.

“He doesn’t have great size, doesn’t run a great 40, but he’s a real good football player,” Pauline said.

Sleeper? Pauline likes Richmond’s Cooper Taylor, a seventh round/free agent type of prospect. Taylor, 6-4, 224, “runs under 4.5. He’s a safety in a linebacker’s body, but he can get outside the numbers and make plays. He could develop into a starter down the road,” Pauline said.

The crop of cornerbacks isn’t as star-studded at the top as it has been in recent years, “but it’s a deep group with a lot of players with starting potential in the second and third rounds,” according to Pauline.

Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes and Washington’s Desmond Trufant are the first-rounders in a class that is deepest in talent in the second and third rounds.

“Jamar Taylor of Boise State and Darius Slay of Mississippi State are making big moves up boards,” said Pauline, who is especially fond of UConn’s Blidi Wreh-Wilson, a “second-round prospect that could sneak into the late part of the first round.

“He has tremendous size and speed numbers; great pro day. He struggled with injuries the last two years. Go back to his sophomore film and he was a dominant shutdown corner,” Pauline said.

Opponents seldom tested Wreh-Wilson, which exposed teammate Dwayne Gratz and Gratz responded well enough to have pushed himself into the second or third round. Both UConn corners performed well at the Senior Bowl.

San Diego State’s Leon McFadden was a standout in practices at the Senior Bowl and McFadden appears destined for a mid-rounds pick.

The Packers have drafted well for defensive backs in recent years, having created a stockpile of young defenders such as Morgan Burnett, Casey Hayward, Davon House and Jerron McMillian. Sam Shields and M.D. Jennings came to the team in undrafted free agency.

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