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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/




Longtime trainer Pepper Burruss honored as league's best

Posted Apr 9, 2013

Fain-Cain Memorial Award comes his way after 36 years in NFL, 20 as Packers' head trainer

Packers Head Athletic Trainer Pepper Burruss (left) receives the Fain-Cain Memorial Award from Team Physician Dr. Patrick McKenzie.

GREEN BAY—To Packers Team Physician Dr. Patrick McKenzie, the order was backwards.

Two years ago, when Packers Head Athletic Trainer Pepper Burruss presented McKenzie with the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award as the league’s physician of the year, McKenzie felt the equivalent trainers’ honor, known as the Fain-Cain Memorial, should have gone to Burruss first.

The awards are presented annually at the scouting combine, with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) recognizing a top physician, and the NFL Physicians Society doing the same for a trainer.

“I was taken aback, and in my mind there was no way I should receive this award before Pep received his,” McKenzie said. “Right before he announced my award, I leaned over to ‘Flea’ (Assistant Athletic Trainer Bryan Engel) and said, ‘We have to get this for Pep.’”

They succeeded, as Burruss received the Fain-Cain Memorial as the league’s outstanding trainer this year, having just completed his 20th season as the Packers’ head trainer after 16 years as an assistant with the New York Jets.

“He’s such a great stabilizing, thoughtful leader of our department, and to see him get recognized is one of the more satisfying things to experience professionally,” McKenzie said. “I’m fortunate to work with him and it’s very gratifying.”

McKenzie, of course, presented Burruss with his award and was honored to return the favor from 2011. Speaking in front of a few hundred of the league’s medical professionals, McKenzie cracked up the rather serious crowd with jokes about Burruss’ penchant for collecting – on display in Burruss’ office is every sideline pass from every game he’s ever covered dating back to 1977 – and his desire to fix things.

“A great day for Pepper is to find out his car won’t start or something in his house is broken,” McKenzie said in his introduction. “It gives him an excuse to get out his tools and fix something.”

Burruss has had plenty of “fixing” to do in recent years in the Lambeau Field training room. Beginning with the Super Bowl season of 2010, the Packers have dealt with an inordinate number of injuries going on three seasons now.

Crediting everyone on the Packers staff – which includes full-time assistants Engel, Kurt Fielding and Nate Weir, plus Associate Team Physician Dr. John Gray and multiple interns – for their diligence and hard work, Burruss said a given team’s situation doesn’t go unnoticed across the league.

“It gets people’s attention,” he said. “But you don’t want the award to be ‘the most injured’ award.”

It most certainly isn’t, according to McKenzie. The Fain-Cain Memorial is named for Dr. Thomas E. Cain and Dr. Robert H. Fain, longtime team physicians for the former Houston Oilers. Both physicians were noted for their long-term commitments to the NFL and exemplary performances.

“It’s an award that honors many years of achievement,” McKenzie said. “It’s a much bigger award than saying a trainer had one good year. As his peers, we’re recognizing an outstanding career.”

Burruss, a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist, is a member of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association (WATA) Hall of Fame and was selected in 2010 by the NFL to represent PFATS on the league's head, neck and spine committee.

He joked that receiving awards like this only means he’s “getting old and they’re running out of people to give awards to,” but all kidding aside, he’s humbled by the recognition and truly appreciated the heartfelt words from McKenzie in front of his NFL colleagues.

“I’m blessed to be an individual with his name on this list,” Burruss said. “It’s a long list of my heroes who won this before me.”

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