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  • 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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Lions' Cliff Avril at head of free-agent DL class

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Lots of risk when pursuing pass rushers

Leading up to the official start of free agency on March 12, packers.com will examine the league’s unrestricted free agents, position by position. In the fifth installment, we look at the defensive linemen.

GREEN BAY—Pass rushers generate a ton of debate during free agency.

Is he past his prime? Does he fit the scheme? Does he get his sacks when it matters or in garbage time?

The dollars that pass rushers command make it almost impossible to find a bargain. Sacks are a high-priced commodity, and there’s no getting them cheap.

With Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson and his 11½ sacks last season off the market thanks to the franchise tag, perhaps the head of the free-agent class is Detroit’s Cliff Avril, who was tagged last year but is now available. Avril has 20½ sacks over the last two years and will be entering just his sixth season.

Two other young defensive ends not quite as well known are Tampa Bay’s Michael Bennett and St. Louis’ William Hayes. Bennett had a career-high nine sacks in 2012, his fourth season, while Hayes recorded seven sacks for the Rams after four largely nondescript years in Tennessee.

After that, the “past his prime” question applies to a glut of available pass rushers who will have varying levels of gas left in the tank. It’s up to the sack-needy teams to decide where they can get the most value.

Indy’s Dwight Freeney is 33 and was probably miscast as an outside linebacker when the Colts changed schemes last year. He will intrigue teams looking to return him to end in a 4-3. The New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora is another classic 4-3 end whose track record is strong, but whose production began tailing off last year.

Chicago’s Israel Idonije has been a revelation the last three years in Chicago (20 sacks), taking advantage of all the double teams sent Julius Peppers’ way on the other side. The Bears made interior lineman Henry Melton their higher priority this offseason, handing Melton the franchise tag. With Johnson franchised, Cincinnati may try to keep Robert Geathers as well.

The list of longtime veterans looking for one last shot seems almost endless. Who has the most to offer amongst Cleveland’s Juqua Parker, Oakland’s Richard Seymour and Andre Carter, Detroit’s Kyle Vanden Bosch and Atlanta’s John Abraham is anyone’s guess.

Becoming nearly as valuable in today’s NFL, of course, are the interior linemen who can defend the run as well as get after the quarterback. Players like this never have stats that jump off the page, but their game can jump off the film to scouts and personnel evaluators.

Chicago’s tag of Melton and Miami’s tag of Randy Starks are proof of that. Those decisions are thought to potentially drive up the market for Kansas City’s Glenn Dorsey, the former No. 5 overall pick, if he doesn’t re-sign with the Chiefs, though Dorsey is coming off an injury-plagued 2012.

Former Packer Cullen Jenkins hit it big in free agency two years ago with Philadelphia but is available again after being released. The Packers reportedly have interest in the New York Giants’ Chris Canty and possibly San Francisco’s Ricky Jean Francois, but those players will have other suitors, as well.

If Tennessee lets Sen’Derrick Marks reach free agency, he could be viewed as an up-and-comer. Dwan Edwards is coming off a solid year in Carolina, while Oakland’s Desmond Bryant was potentially going to generate significant interest, but his prospects may have changed with a recent arrest.

For pure, in-the-trenches grunt work, San Francisco nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, Detroit’s Sammie Hill and Seattle’s Alan Branch could benefit from a change of scenery. New Orleans’ Sedrick Ellis didn’t do himself any favors with minimal production in a contract year.

Meanwhile, Baltimore’s Ma’ake Kemoeatu, Pittsburgh’s Casey Hampton and Denver’s Justin Bannan may try to hang on for another year or two.

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