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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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

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Manning believes he belonged at top

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Waiting to get picked, North Carolina State linebacker Terrell Manning called Saturday “definitely the longest day of my life.”

He was as glad as anyone Packers General Manager Ted Thompson wasn’t done trading his way around the draft board.

Hoping to get drafted in the second or third round, Manning was still on the board in the fifth when Thompson traded up for the third time in the last two days. He nabbed Manning with the 163rd overall pick, the Packers’ sixth defensive selection out of six picks thus far in the draft.

After trading up twice on Friday, Thompson came into Saturday with only three possible picks he could trade (he couldn’t trade his four compensatory selections), and he packaged all three of them – a sixth-rounder (No. 197) and two sevenths (Nos. 224 and 235) – for pick 163 from the Patriots, coincidentally a pick the Packers originally owned and had traded to the Patriots on Friday.

“It was just a situation where we felt a player was being undervalued a little bit,” Thompson said. “We didn’t know how long he would be undervalued.”

Manning would agree with Thompson’s assessment. Speaking with no shortage of confidence in his abilities, Manning was disappointed if not in disbelief at some of the other linebackers he saw drafted ahead of him.

“I feel like I was as good as any linebacker in this draft,” he said. “I’m looking to prove that.”

An early entry in the draft after playing three seasons at N.C. State, the last two as a starter, Manning was the type of college linebacker who filled the stat sheet.

Over his career, he recorded 10 sacks, 27½ tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and five interceptions. A weak-side linebacker in the Wolfpack’s 4-3 scheme, the Packers see Manning as an inside linebacker in their 3-4. He’ll be thrown into competition in a group that includes starters Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk, plus Robert Francois and D.J. Smith, a sixth-round pick a year ago.

“I think he’s going to be a good addition, and I think he’s going to press the guys who are in the room right now,” inside linebackers coach and assistant head coach Winston Moss said. “All he needs to do is just bring his best game. We’ll help him out, we’ll coach him up and see where he fits in.”

In evaluating film on Manning, Moss was impressed with his pass-rush abilities both from the inside and outside, and Moss believes that will translate well to certain blitz packages the Packers run.

He also spoke highly of Manning’s “knack, temperament and mindset to chase and pursue the ball,” and Moss saw solid coverage skills against tight ends, though with the type of athletic, explosive tight ends many NFL offenses now employ, that will require an adjustment in the pro game.

“I thought he did a good job of that, covering in the man-to-man profile,” Moss said. “That’s a challenge obviously coming to the next level and he’s going to have to cover some very good football players, but those are the expectations and I think he’ll be up to the challenge.”

Manning became a starter in 2010 and he called the game that year against Cincinnati his “breakout” game, when he recorded two sacks and forced a fumble. Heading into 2011, he had to battle back from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and ended up leading his team in sacks (5½) and tackles for loss (14½) while earning second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

He emphasized that he wants to become a more consistent player as a pro, calling himself an “All-American” some games in college and “just decent” in others. As for jumping into the competition at inside linebacker in Green Bay, Manning dialed back the bravado a bit and spoke of learning from the veterans already here.

“I’m coming in to work,” he said. “I’m pretty sure they know something I don’t.”

That’s a healthy outlook for any rookie, but as his new position coach, Moss sounded as though he didn’t want Manning to lose too much of his edge.

“Hopefully, he’s going to have a mindset that he’s going to come in here and challenge,” Moss said. “If he’s not prepared to be a starter-type linebacker for us, then we’re getting the wrong guy.”

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