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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • 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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Jacke, 'KGB' share their Green Bay memories

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Newest Packers Hall of Famers will be inducted this summer


GREEN BAY—When the Packers returned to prominence in the mid-1990s, not many players remained from the regime change that brought Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren to Green Bay.

Chris Jacke was one of the few, but it didn’t take long for him to feel confident the Packers were going to win again.

“The moments that I heard Mike Holmgren speak for the first time and I heard Reggie White was coming to the team and heard him speak, I knew it was only a matter of time before this team and this organization … were going to be winners,” Jacke said on Tuesday, when it was announced he would be one of three inductees into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2013.

“It was just a matter of time to get through the Dallas Cowboys, to get through the San Francisco 49ers.”

Jacke was the hero against the 49ers in the 1996 regular season, which turned out to be his last in Green Bay. He hit a club record five field goals, including a 31-yarder with 12 seconds left in regulation and a game-winning 53-yarder in overtime, in a 23-20 Monday night victory at Lambeau Field that improved the Packers to 6-1 and put them on the path to the Super Bowl XXXI title.

 A member of the “Cardiac Pack” team of 1989 as a rookie sixth-round draft choice, Jacke went on to earn first-team All-Pro honors in 1993, when he made six of his 17 career field goals from 50-plus yards. Those still stand as single-season and career records for the Packers, and his 820 points rank third in franchise history.

But it was that magical ’96 season – featuring, as Jacke recalled, the leadership of White, the ability to overcome injuries and a “close-knit” team – that mattered most.

“It was a process,” Jacke said of the team’s steady climb to the top. “The guys they brought in from the GM to the coach to the players, that’s what they were teaching. It’s a process. Let’s go through the process and we’ll get the ring at the end.”

Fellow 2013 Packers Hall of Fame inductee Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila never got to experience that but came close as a member of two teams that reached the divisional round of the playoffs (2001, ’03) and one that played in the NFC Championship Game (2007).

A devout Christian, Gbaja-Biamila was thankful for any success that came his way, especially after being cut as a rookie fifth-round draft pick in 2000 and beginning his career on the practice squad.

“I worked hard just to get drafted, and I think I cried a little bit, I don’t know,” he said of getting cut. “I just remember thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’

“From where I started to where I am today, it’s truly a blessing. It’s more than I could ever imagine.”

The speedy and somewhat undersized pass rusher who became known as “KGB” went on to record 74 ½ sacks, most in Packers history since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. He recorded double-digit sacks four straight years (2001-04), also a club record.

Following his nine seasons with the Packers (2000-08), Gbaja-Biamila remained in Green Bay. His family now includes six sons, and he’s also helping take care of his father, who moved to Green Bay from Los Angeles a couple of years ago.

Gbaja-Biamila lost his mother tragically in 2002, finding out about her death via car accident on the same day Gbaja-Biamila and his wife had experienced the birth of their first child.

He played the following week in a prime-time home game, sacking Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper and forcing a fumble on Minnesota’s final drive that sealed a Packers victory, a game he called one of the more memorable of his career.

“This is a surreal moment for me actually to be standing here,” he said. “So many times people told me I was too small to accomplish anything, even playing in the NFL. To be part of an old franchise like the Green Bay Packers and to be part of the Hall of Fame is truly an honor.”

Additional coverage - Jan. 22

 
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