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  • 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
  • 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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One on One with Clay Matthews

Posted Jan 10, 2012


Clay Matthews sat down with packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman to provide fans with this look at the Packers' star outside linebacker.

Q. Your given name is William Clay Matthews III. Why do you go by Clay?

A. I’m the III. My father’s name is William Clay Matthews, my grandfather is William Clay Matthews. They went with the middle name and that was kind of the hand I was dealt, but it seems to be a pretty good hand. He set me up with some big shoes to fill, but I enjoy it. It’s a fun name to have, it’s unique and it speaks for itself.

Q. You played in four straight Rose Bowls. Which is the most memorable?

A. The last one I played in, which was against Penn State. Obviously, as a senior, I was a starter at that point. In the years prior, I was getting playing time. As a senior, playing through the whole year and contributing to get to that game and winning it, as well, and having an impact in that game, that’s one that sticks out to me. For whatever reason, I still haven’t gotten my ring for that one. It must’ve gotten lost in the shuffle with the whole transition over there. I guess I haven’t asked for it. I upgraded to a much nicer ring this past year.

Q. You interned at the NFL Network. What did you do there?

A. Fortunately, I didn’t have to get them coffee or drinks. I just facilitated things around the office; helping them get ready each and every day for their live show; keeping them abreast of information around the league and searching through various news media, sports-related information to kind of help out the announcers with everything they need to know. It was something just to keep me busy during the summer. It was something that does pique my interest and potentially one day I could see myself being behind the camera, but for the time being I’ll focus on being in front of the camera.

Q. Do you miss the California weather?

A. Of course. Comparatively, the seasons are nice but right around the time it hits late November all the way to spring, it gets a little cold out here. I get the best of both worlds, heading back to California for the offseason and coming out here for football season. I can’t complain.

Q. What was it like growing up as the son of a famous football player?

A. I think a lot of people assume there was a lot of pressure put on me, a lot of great expectations, but I went through life like any normal kid with a father that worked Monday-Friday, as opposed to on Sunday. For me it just so happened that I wanted to be like my father and play football and fortunately that’s the way it turned out, but there are siblings in my family for whom football was not the ultimate career choice. If anything, my father put more pressure on me to succeed in whatever career path I chose than the outside world put on me being Clay Matthews’ son.

Q. Do you have your father’s personality?

A. I’d say in certain regards I do, and at times it’s a bit of my own.

Q. What did you learn from him having been an NFL player?

A. I think just growing up in the environment we had in our household, which was a football environment, yet, at the same time it was a business approach. It taught me to stay humble, stay grounded and I believe that’s why my transition to the NFL has been so seamless from college. I understood what I was getting myself into from day one, the expectations and pressures of being a professional athlete, being drafted as a first-rounder and what was expected of me. He helped me out managing the expectations on and off the field, so I think that’s why I’ve been able to handle everything that’s been thrown my way these past couple of years.

Q. Was he your favorite player?

A. Absolutely; I think that’s a no-brainer. Watching him, as well as my uncle, they’re my two favorite players and always will be.

Q. When did you decide to grow your hair long?

A. In college. It actually started out as a bet between me and a few linebackers at the time. Somehow I ended up with long hair and they ended up cutting theirs off, and it seems to be a trademark now of Clay Matthews. It’s kind of fun having it, representing that different approach.

Q. You walked on at USC. Did you have scholarship offers from other schools?

A. I really didn’t. I was undersized as a junior and didn’t start until my senior year. My dad was my defensive coordinator. I had a strong senior year and most of the interest I got was from junior colleges and Division I-AA. Being in proximity to USC, which was 45 minutes from where I grew up, my family history there and it being a top program at the time, I thought it would be a wise decision to walk on, which isn’t always the smart decision to walk on at the No. 1 university at the time. It all worked out. I wasn’t that good in high school. I wish I could say they messed up, but I just wasn’t that good in high school. I was a late bloomer, similar to my father. I followed in his footsteps in regards to how he developed as a football player. I was a day late and a dollar short, but it all worked out for the best. I grew four inches and put on 45 pounds in my senior year in high school. I went through a growth spurt and that obviously helped out. I just continued to get better as a football player. I watch film of myself from my senior year in high school thinking I was pretty good, and it’s funny to watch myself because I wasn’t that good, I wasn’t that explosive, but every year I moved forward into my collegiate career I continued to progress and get better and show signs of what could be a future NFL player.

Q. When did you invent the sack dance and what are the roots of it?

A. I’ve got to give my brother recognition here. He actually came up with it. I was having struggles with what I wanted to do, and being a big Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and “Predator” fan and of the epic showdown at the end, I should flex for the crowd and open my arms and represent that iconic showdown. That’s what it’s turned into and it’s got a pretty good following now. I have fun with it and it has a pretty good meaning to it, too, as far as hunting people down on the field. You’ve got commercials marketing it, so I guess I’m going to have to run with it for the next few years.

Q. Your coach, Kevin Greene, said he’s never seen a pass-rusher have more blockers dedicated to him than you have this season. Has it been frustrating?

A. Anytime you have more than one coming your way, it can get frustrating, but you have to understand that this game comes together like a chess match, and if they’re going to send two, sometimes three guys coming my way, it means we have one-on-one matchups in other parts of the field, and we understand that we have to be able to win those and, at the same time, we still have to be able to beat those double-teams and bring pressure. You look at the top pass-rushers in the league and it’s a constant battle to get to the quarterback, but you look at the offensive coordinators around the league and it’s a constant battle to neutralize that one key pass-rusher.

Q. What do you envision for the Packers in this postseason?

A. I think we all envision another Super Bowl run. That’s the reason you play this game and we’ve had some success so far, but that’s just given us an invitation to the playoffs. Now we have to show what we’re all about and continue the trend of success we’ve had. I can see us moving forward and winning this thing again.

Q. How about for the future? What do you think this team can accomplish?

A. Great things. If you look at the youth of this team, the talent we have, individuals playing collectively as a team, it’s something special. We’re going to continue to get better in the draft and free agency and retaining some of these guys with long-term contracts. Look at the key positions on this team and they look locked up for years to come. Provided that we continue to move forward and progress and play as we know how, I think the future is kind of endless for this team.

For last week's One on One with Aaron Rodgers, click here.

 
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