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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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Opportunity knocks for Jerron McMillian

Posted Apr 10, 2013

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Rookie season had its moments for McMillian

GREEN BAY—Of all the learning experiences for safety Jerron McMillian during his rookie season with the Packers, the most lasting may have been the realization that so much of the NFL game is played between the ears.

“People are smart out here playing this game,” McMillian said during a break from his daily workout in the bowels of Lambeau Field. “It’s like chess. It’s more thinking and being in the right position, and knowing where you have to be to make the opposing team make mistakes.”

McMillian was in the right place at times, such as when he snagged his first pro interception in Week 2 against the Bears. He was in the wrong spot occasionally, too, reacting a step slow in coverage to allow a long third-down conversion in Indianapolis in Week 5.

His ups and downs as a rookie were typical, and he’s been using the offseason to process them all.

“It’s really how smart you can play this game and how fast you can do it,” he said. “It’s who can outsmart who the quickest.”

McMillian feels he’ll definitely be a smarter player in his second season. In 2012, the fourth-round draft pick from Maine saw playing time in two different roles – in the slot as the dime defensive back and deep in centerfield as a traditional safety.

Reading and reacting to offenses from varying perspectives gave the small-school product a much-needed and valuable introduction to the pro level.

“Playing in the slot, I think I got better up close at the line, and that really helped me play the pass when I did get back deep,” he said. “It kind of worked hand in hand. You get to see more things develop.”

A solid rookie year for McMillian might have approached superb with a break here or there. After that interception against Chicago, he got another one the following week in Seattle that nearly made him a hero.

The Packers had rallied from seven points down to take a 12-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter when McMillian stepped in front of tight end Evan Moore and picked off quarterback Russell Wilson’s throw along the far sideline at the Seattle 26. A questionable roughing-the-passer penalty on Erik Walden nullified the turnover and potential game-clinching scoring opportunity, though, leading to the well-known, final-play fiasco minutes later.

Less dramatically, McMillian nearly had another interception in Week 14 against Detroit, but replays showed his diving attempt didn’t keep the ball from grazing the ground.

Moments like those showed McMillian’s nose for the ball (his 13 passes defensed on the season tied Morgan Burnett for most among the team’s safeties), but that promise was coupled with the frustration of not finishing the play.

“I can’t give them the opportunity to make the call,” he said of the close shaves. “I have to make sure I catch everything that comes and make the best out of the opportunity.

“I had a few that went different ways, but I can’t leave it in anybody else’s hands but mine, and I have to take advantage of that this upcoming season.”

The opportunity in front of McMillian is enormous. With Charles Woodson gone, the Packers are looking for a full-time starter at safety alongside Burnett.

As of this moment, McMillian and M.D. Jennings, who shared time last season when Woodson was injured, top the list of candidates, but the 2013 draft class is deep at safety, so another contender could soon arrive. An undrafted rookie from last year, Sean Richardson, may be in the mix as well, provided he returns healthy from a neck injury.

“It’s going to be real competitive, and it’s all about competition,” McMillian said. “The more you compete, the better off you’ll be. Bringing it out of each other will help you be a better player.”

McMillian is counting on being a smarter one, too.

“I know the game a little bit more,” he said. “I watch film every day. Taking that jump from the rookie year to the second year is a big step, and I’m trying to take every step I can.

“It’s something I’m ready to do.”

 
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