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  • 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
  • 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.

     

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One on One with David Bakhtiari

Posted Sep 25, 2013

David Bakhtiari sat down with packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman to provide fans with this look at the Packers' rookie tackle

Q. What’s this all been like for you?
A. It’s cool. If I wasn’t myself and looked at me through another perspective, I think it would be really amazing. I haven’t really let it soak in. I’ve been taking it as it comes. I guess the only feeling I have is that I’m hungry, I want more. You know, I want to prove, I want to do more.

Q. Did you think it could happen this quickly?
A. Yeah, there was a definite possibility. The possibility that I thought of more is that I would play right tackle, if I were to play. If anything, it wouldn’t have happened this fast.

Q. Anybody trash-talking you?
A. No, not really. I knew a bunch of the Niners; they knew my brother so they just told me to tell my brother what’s up. I went against Orakpo the whole time (in the Redskins game). He was a pretty cool guy. He came up to me in the middle of when we were playing and said, “I like you. You keep battling. I like this battle.” And then after the game he goes, “You’re a real good player, a good young player. Keep it up.” I said thank you; you, too.

Q. You said you like to annoy defensive linemen. Have you annoyed anyone so far?
A. I’ve tried. I like to think I do every time but I mean that’s part of almost our job description. I learned a couple of good quotes from my old coach. “Friction is your friend.” The more time they spend dealing with you is less time they spend making a play. And then, you know, “Get in the way.” That’s the dumbed-down version of what our job is to do, get in the way.

Q. What’s the toughest part of having to play so quickly?
A. You have one opportunity; you want to make the most of your opportunity and I don’t want to look back and be like, all right, I had this shot but it didn’t work out. I’ve tried as hard as I can to not fool around, because I can’t afford to do that, whereas a veteran, they already know what’s going on, they’ve been there, done that. I think I have a really good quarterback who helps me out cause he’s getting the ball out and he’s doing what he’s doing, he’s doing his job. That’s different for me. I don’t want to downplay the quarterbacks I blocked for, but they used to hold onto the ball for a long time and they used to be anywhere in the pocket. So for me, it’s almost a breath of fresh air.

Q. Are you satisfied with your play?
A. I wouldn’t say satisfied, but I’m happy. Satisfied kind of goes along the line of being content. I’m certainly not content, but I am pleased with how I’ve performed thus far.

Q. Did you have a favorite player?
A. When I was young, I used to think I liked the skilled players, but I never was a skill player, I was basically an offensive lineman since they gave me pads, which was my freshman year in high school. I don’t know if I want this on record; the only person I really liked as an offensive lineman that I tried to really pattern my game around was Joe Staley. I had a chance to meet him, and even in college my coach said my play reminded him of Joe, and he made me study him, too. I was just happy cause you know it was my hometown back then. I was a 49ers fan. He’s got the recipe for success. And I’m all about picking and choosing from different people their recipes of success.

Q. You’re not a 49ers fan now?
A. No, no. My family liked them a lot, but it got to a point where once I declared for the league I knew I didn’t have a team anymore. At that point it was more of a job for me. You have to like your highest payer, essentially. Whoever pays me the most is the team I like. Right now, the Packers will hold dear in my heart because they were the first team to draft me, too.

Q. What’s been the highlight for you so far?
A. Just playing; it’s cool. It’s kind of going from no one really cares that they’re playing the Colorado Buffaloes, to everyone wants to give their hardest against the Green Bay Packers.

Q. Did you feel snubbed when you lasted into the fourth round?
A. Yeah, I declared early because I was pretty much going to be a second rounder. Talking to everyone and even my agent said you’re not going to go past the third, we know that. And I was confident in my testing. I know I’m not a freak so I knew I wouldn’t be a top 15 guy, but I knew I was a very good player and I was confident in myself, and I thought second round sounds very good to me. And that’s when I got my reviews back from the junior draft evaluation, and when I declared my agent said the same thing, and even my coaches that were in the league all gave me kind of the same breakdown. Then interviews went good, combine, I can’t think of one thing I did wrong. It was kind of like a gut shot, but I kind of almost like it now cause I want to prove people wrong. I didn’t pick up pads until my freshman year of high school. I backed up my oldest brother, so I was always the backup. My coach told me junior year, he said I would never play; as long as he was the head coach I would never step foot on the field. Then senior year came around and I was about 6-4, 240. I got his attention when we were benching and I threw up 255, which in high school is a good amount. I just kept on working hard, working hard, and ended up getting a starting spot.

Q. What’s the next level for you?
A. My goal is to be a dependable left tackle, a franchise left tackle, and the Green Bay Packers will feel comfortable knowing I can sufficiently do my job, and know they can count on me. It’s probably one of those positions that takes the longest time to build that relationship. I wouldn’t say they’re uncomfortable with me right now, but I would say it just kind of takes a while. It’s one of those bonds that’s going to take a while. I need to finish out this year consistently and, hopefully, move closer to that we can count on you all the time type of thing.

 
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