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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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Notebook: LB Jones Loses Mentor, Gains Opportunity

Posted Mar 11, 2010

Second-year linebacker Brad Jones is well aware that the departure of Aaron Kampman in free agency is a bit of a mixed blessing for him.

On the one hand, he's losing a veteran teammate he called his mentor. But on the other hand, the starting left outside linebacker spot is now his for the taking.

"Aaron was a good teammate," Jones said. "Aaron was one of the main guys who mentored me. He gave me so many pointers and so much advice. Honestly, I'm sad I'm not going to get that advice anymore. But I really didn't have too many thoughts on (the starting lineup). I'm just working like I've always done."

There's no telling at this point who else might be brought in to compete with Jones at outside linebacker, either through the draft or free agency. But he definitely begins the offseason as the front-runner for the starting job opposite Clay Matthews after taking over following Kampman's season-ending knee injury last year in Week 11.

Jones ended up recording four sacks over a span of four games and held up better against the run than many thought the 239-pound rookie seventh-round draft choice would. He actually missed the first 2½ weeks of training camp due to a back injury, which would be a significant setback for any rookie, but he was up to speed when he needed to be.

"I thought did a nice job in his opportunity, and definitely he'll have film that he can learn from," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "He definitely has the versatility that we're looking for in that position.

"The ability to get him ready, and also being a rookie was concerning, no doubt about it at the start of the season. But I think it speaks volumes of Brad's ability to catch up. (Outside linebackers coach) Kevin Greene, the extra time he spent with him. He did a lot of nice things down the stretch for us."

But Jones knows he can't rest on his notable rookie accomplishments. The defense needs a viable pass rusher from the left outside linebacker spot to complement Matthews, who had 10 sacks last year, and keep teams from focusing all their attention on the right side.

And who knows ... maybe they'll be another hungry rookie like him added to the roster who will be looking to make his mark early, too.

"I'm always more critical of myself than anyone, so I just see tons of room for improvement," Jones said. "Obviously I think I played well, but I'm excited for next year because I know how much more I can do.

"I feel confident and proud just stepping in like that my rookie year. I definitely feel proud of that. But then again, it doesn't mean anything for next year. I just feel like everything starts over, so you're working from the bottom again. At least that's how I feel."

Deep group

The offensive line for the 2010 Packers is far from settled, but McCarthy already likes the depth the team will have up front, no matter how the lineup shakes out.

McCarthy said he felt center Scott Wells and right guard Josh Sitton were the top two performers on the line last year. Veteran left tackle Chad Clifton has been re-signed, while McCarthy said contract talks continue with right tackle Mark Tauscher. His veteran presence in the second half of 2009 was a significant factor in the reduced number of sacks given up, as was the improved health of Clifton as the year went on.

"I anticipate Chad will be better this year physically than he was last year, because you can't discount the fact that he had a number of surgeries and the rehab that he went through at this time last year," McCarthy said. "The ability that he'll have to get into his training, increase his training at a higher rate earlier in the offseason I think will definitely help him."

In addition, promising lineman T.J. Lang will be in his second year and could compete at right tackle or left guard, while guard/center Jason Spitz is expected to return to full health from his '09 back injury, guard Daryn Colledge is expected to compete for a job and tackle Allen Barbre has some playing experience under his belt. Prospects Evan Dietrich-Smith on the interior and Breno Giacomini at tackle also remain in the mix, with the draft still to come.

"I think there's definitely more depth this time of the year than we've ever had in my time here in Green Bay," McCarthy said. "So I look for that group to get a year better."

Nice duds

Jones, receiver Jordy Nelson and safety Nick Collins were the three players who modeled the 1929 throwback uniforms for the Fan Fest crowd, and the early response was favorable.

A lot of their teammates on hand for Fan Fest saw the trio of players dressed up backstage, and the players as a whole seemed pretty jazzed up about the new look.

{sportsad300}"I like them," Nelson said. "This will be the first time I've ever worn a throwback. I think a lot of guys in the locker room have been waiting for our opportunity. Last year a lot of teams wore throwbacks, and we've been looking forward to our opportunity. They're different, but they're throwbacks. All throwbacks are. I think it will be fun."

The three models took some grief from their teammates for the visible thigh pads stuffed into their pants, because most players these days don't wear those. But the look was eye-catching, to say the least.

"I like the circle around my number," Jones said. "It like pops out. I like them a lot. It's like playing an old-school video game in real life.

"I can't wait to play a throwback game. The games you watch on TV, you like seeing something different. You like seeing the old-school games. It's kind of cool."

The Packers will wear the 1929 replicas at home for one and possibly two games this coming season, with plans to be announced after the schedule is released in April.

"Hopefully we can get past the jerseys when it comes to game time and focus on the game," Nelson said. "But it will be fun to go out on Lambeau Field and play in the old-school uniforms like they did back in the day."

 
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