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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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Micah Hyde’s rookie year just the beginning

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Slot cornerback has the skills to play safety, but will he move there?

Click here for a photo gallery of Hyde's rookie season.

GREEN BAY—Micah Hyde got the message from the get-go.

“I came in here Day 1 and they said be prepared for anything,” Hyde said.

He was, playing both the nickel and dime spots on defense. He also returned punts and kicks. Covered them, too.

There wasn’t much Hyde didn’t do as a rookie for the Packers in 2013, and when the season ended, he said repeatedly he was “thankful” for all the opportunities he got to play.

There were more than many expected for a cornerback supposedly too slow to be drafted higher than the fifth round, but the bottom line is Hyde earned every chance he got – beginning with duties as the nickel corner in the season opener at San Francisco – with his combination of maturity, football intellect, instincts and athletic ability, the speed knock notwithstanding.

His work at the nickel and dime spots on defense, which are slot corner positions that come with constantly changing duties, proved especially valuable when second-year pro Casey Hayward missed almost the entire season due to injuries.

“To be smart enough to be able to do both (positions) where you’re really playing a linebacker-type position and there’s a lot of communication that goes along with that, he improved with that as the year went on,” cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. said.

“He showed the ability to tackle, showed the ability to blitz, showed the ability to take on linemen, so I think that the future is bright with him.”

Asked how a player passed over for four-plus rounds in the draft could show up so soon, Whitt pointed to the two veterans and starters in the cornerback group – Tramon Williams and Sam Shields – who came into the league undrafted and know what it means to bring younger players along.

“Most of the guys in my room were passed up, so it goes to the character of the men, the way that we work together,” Whitt said. “Micah would tell you the men in the room helped him as much as anybody. It helps the progression of the whole room.

“We don’t have any selfish men in the room. When you attack it that way, younger players can progress more quickly. That’s why I think Casey blossomed last year, and now Micah.”

A regular on the coverage units on special teams (he finished third on the team in coverage tackles), Hyde also took the punt-return duties and ran with them following a strong showing at Baltimore in Week 6. Two weeks later at Minnesota, he ran a punt back 93 yards for a TD, the team’s longest in six years, and he finished with a 12.3-yard average.

Having not returned kickoffs since high school, Hyde worked his way into that job as well late in the season, and ran one back 70 yards vs. Pittsburgh.

“He’s an excellent ball-handler,” special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said. “Catches the ball well, makes good decisions.”

The Packers may have an offseason decision to make with Hyde. Depending on what happens with the upcoming draft and with Shields in free agency, the defense could have more use for Hyde at safety than as a nickel or dime corner. Hyde played very little if any outside corner all season.

Both Hyde and Whitt conceded it’s not their call to make, and he remains a cornerback for now.

“I want to do whatever’s best for the defense,” Whitt said. “If he’s one of the best 11 and we need him on the field, what our nickel and dime does is very similar to what our safeties are asked to do. His skill set can fit that, so whatever’s best for the defense we’ll do.”

In the meantime, the rookie standout has a long offseason to think about the play that could have made him a rookie legend – the potential interception of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick at the San Francisco 30-yard line with just over four minutes left in a tied NFC wild-card playoff game.

With a leaping attempt, Hyde got his hands on the ball but couldn’t haul it in. Whitt called it a “hard play” but one that could have been a “signature play” to close out a game. For Hyde, it’s simply a moment he’s sure he’ll never forget.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m going to be doing more push-ups just because of it, but I’ll definitely think about that, and coming into next season, I’ll try to make myself better because of it.”

That’s Hyde’s next step – improvement. Within the Packers’ draft-and-develop philosophy, it’s players like Hyde whose strides from their first to second seasons are vital, who can make the biggest impact.

Those types of expectations don’t bother Hyde, though. It’s how he was raised in college at Iowa, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

He’ll be ready for anything, again.

“It’s exciting. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz taught us the same way,” Hyde said. “He said you have experience now, and we expect you to go out there and be a lot better player because of it, and that’s the way I see myself.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity, and I guarantee I come back next season a much better player. You can write that down as a guarantee. That’s just the way I feel and the way the mentality is around here.”

Photo gallery of Hyde's rookie season

 
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