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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 Jermichael Finley

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Jermichael Finley sat down with packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman to provide fans with this look at the Packers' star tight end


Q. Where do you think your game is right now?

A. I feel like my game is still not at the peak, that level that I want to play at. I feel like it’s rising there, getting there, and I’m maturing in the game and getting a little smarter and a little wiser, if you want to say that.

Q. Is this your best season?

A. I would say consistently, yeah. I would say yeah, for sure.

Finley and tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot
work on fundamentals at practice

Q. You’ve spent a lot of time working on catching the ball? What has it done for you?

A. I’ve put a lot of effort into it, the eye coordination and just getting the touch of the ball and just plucking it. We don’t have a guy that throws a cotton ball back there; we have a guy that throws a laser. So that’s one reason why I’m five yards away from (Coach Jerry) Fontenot, so I can get the acceleration at its peak.

Q. So, are you a tight end or a wide receiver?

A. I consider myself a tight end. I get my nose dirty a little blocking wise, but I can go and flex out and get in a two-point stance, too, but I’d say I’m more a tight end.

Q. Do you want to stay with the Packers?

A. Do I want to stay with the Packers? My family is comfortable, I’m comfortable, it’s a great family environment to raise a family and the fans are absolutely off the Richter scale, so I would love to be a Packer for life.

Finley signs autographs for fans attending
training camp at Ray Nitschke Field

Q. What do you like about Green Bay?

A. It’s not too much. I can get from point A to point B in no time. I don’t worry about my finances, where I can go to the Galleria somewhere and spend money. My kids love the school here; they have awesome friends that they love to play with. My wife, she’s comfortable. Of course, traffic is a big thing in big cities, especially if you work. So it’s just a great city all-around.

Q. How would you describe your youth?

A. That’s a good one. It was a little different than the casual upbringing, where you have your mom and your dad raising you. My mom had me, but my grandmother raised me at the age of two. My grandmother had me all throughout my life. As I got older, I started figuring out what she does, so I started asking why is she gone so much? I started asking what she does for a living and she told me she was a cook or a chef for a hunting lodge out in East Texas; where trees are big and a lot of deer and turkey are running around. They would slaughter the deer or turkey and bring it in, cook it up for them and have it ready for dinner. Then I had a little brother that moved in when I was the age of 12. I was starting to get older and needed someone to play with. So my grandmother started raising him; he was also from my mom, same mom, different dad. We started to get closer and closer and as that went on my grandmother left us at the house so we had to cook our own meals, walk home from school, catch the bus to the Boys and Girls Club, then walk home from there. It was just one of those childhoods where you have a lot of memories of taking care of yourself at some point.

Finley's 52-yard catch and run on third down
helped
clinched the win over the Ravens

Q. What did you see on that third-down play last week? What made it work?

A. It was the matchup that we wanted to see the whole game. We had a safety matched up on me, press man, and I mean with the scheme and quarterback we have he can pretty much put the ball where he wants. I ran my route as fast as possible and gave him a move at the top and shot across the middle and saw Aaron looking at me. He passed it off and I turned around as I kind of stuttered a little because I’m not used to having all that green grass right away. I’m used to getting hit right when I get the ball, so I caught and stuttered and took off and the guy met me halfway and I tried to stiff arm and stay in bounds, but it was at the point where I couldn’t.

Q. Did anybody tell you that you should’ve stayed in bounds?

A. I had a ton of people that did. A couple of peers of mine were just yelling that I should have stayed in bounds or slide or get down, but once you have that adrenaline rush, something takes over. It took over and I just tried to make a play at the end of the day.

Q. Your goals for the rest of the season?

A. One goal of mine, of course, is to have the Green Bay Packers win a world championship, and that’s what we all play for. Another one is to improve as a player as a teammate, and off the field as a husband and father. There are a lot of things that I have in mind, but I just want to improve overall.

"I feel like my game is still not at the peak, that level that I want to play at."

Q. What don’t we know about you?

A. That I’m a friendly person. Don’t try, but I want everyone to like me. I kid you not. I speak every day to you, whatever it may be, a handshake every day to you, and make sure you’re okay every day. There are some things that maybe I said three or four years ago that I totally didn’t mean any harm or anything about it. It was just the competitive nature that I have in me. I was the only kid in the house for a long time, so it could’ve lingered on from there, but I love the game, man. That’s one thing about me. I love the game. I love the people that watch us play every Sunday.

Q. What are your plans for when you’re done playing?

A. I could see myself getting into a little media broadcasting. I don’t like to talk but I can tell you pretty much anything you want, the game, after the game. Hopefully, I’ll have enough money to sit down and rest with my kids a little.

Q. How do you relax when you’re away from the game?

A. I have two little boys that I spend all my time with. They got the most energy ever; a five and a one-year-old. That’s what I do, man; 24/7, I take care of my little ones and make sure they’re OK. We don’t get much time off, so I have to seize it and take advantage of it while it’s there.

 
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