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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Sun., Jul. 27, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.

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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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