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  • 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/




Packers' McKenzie NFL's top physician

Posted Mar 10, 2011

He didn’t receive the award specifically for being the most overworked doctor in the league. He got the award for being the best.

Dr. Patrick McKenzie, the Packers’ team physician since the early 1990s, received the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award as the NFL’s physician of the year late last month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.

The award, named for an icon in the business who served as the Atlanta Falcons’ head athletic trainer for a quarter century (1969-94), has been presented by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) annually since 1998. McKenzie received his distinction for his work in the 2010 season, when the Packers had the longest injured reserve list in the league.

A modest man who doesn’t seek attention for his role with one of the league’s most storied franchises, McKenzie never expected to receive such an honor. In fact, during the awards ceremony, as McKenzie’s own group, the NFL Physicians Society, was presenting its athletic trainer of the year award to the Denver Broncos’ Steve Antonopulos, McKenzie was jotting down a “note to self” to make sure to nominate Packers head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss for that award next year.

Then suddenly he saw Burruss, who had written an extensive letter in support of Packers assistant athletic trainer Bryan Engel’s nomination of McKenzie, heading to the front of the room to hand him the Rhea Award’s shiny bronze football with a flattering inscription: “For your years of unselfish dedication to the Green Bay Packers, the National Football League and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, we honor you as one of our medical statesmen and team physician extraordinaire.”

“The coolest thing about this is it came from the trainers,” said McKenzie, an orthopedic surgeon by trade. “I got my training from Dr. (James) Andrews, but I always say the athletic training world raised me in sports medicine.

“Athletic trainers have really revolutionized sports medicine in their common-sense, progressive approach to how we rehab athletes. So, to get the award from those guys is a big honor for me.”

His colleagues on the Packers medical staff were just as honored to see him get it.

“He does not have the great list of publications and papers that physicians associated with major teaching institutions might have,” Burruss said. “He doesn’t have residents and fellows. He’s really a one-man show running this team, and it’s remarkable what Pat does.”

Medically speaking, this past season was one of the more remarkable in McKenzie’s recollection, with 15 players landing on season-ending injured reserve and countless others working through nagging maladies to play as often as they could.

McKenzie said he appreciated never being pressured by Head Coach Mike McCarthy or General Manager Ted Thompson to make any decisions that compromised a player’s long-term health, and he noted that’s been the case throughout his tenure with the Packers.

That didn’t make 2010 any less challenging, however.

“This year, injury-wise, it was off the charts,” McKenzie said. “Not just numbers, but who they occurred to and when they occurred.

“When we were 3-3, I can’t remember how many were down for the count, but we still had four guys we were hoping might have a chance to come back and they never could. It was even worse than we thought. I said after week six, if we survive this thing, Ted and Mike ought to both go into the Hall of Fame.”

According to Engel, what separates McKenzie in his line of work is he treats all of the players “as if they’re his kids,” but at times that can make his job more difficult emotionally.

Asked to reflect on the Packers’ Super Bowl title, McKenzie immediately turned his thoughts to veteran players he’s worked with extensively over the years who weren’t able to participate in the magical run, such as offensive tackle Mark Tauscher, linebacker Nick Barnett and cornerback Al Harris.

“It was hard to see those guys miss out on something special,” McKenzie said.

He admitted it also wasn’t easy to continually deliver such bad news to McCarthy and Thompson during the first half of the season, when the IR list kept growing, but he credited their professionalism through it all.

“When I have to tell Mike and Ted (a player’s season is over), it’s difficult because they’re disappointed and frustrated and it screws up everything they’ve got planned,” McKenzie said. “But it’s not difficult because they’re such class guys. They accept it and move on and deal with it, which is not that way everywhere. Our medical staff is very fortunate that we’ve always had guys like that here.”

The Packers know they’re fortunate to have McKenzie, too.

Mike Spofford is a 1995 Masters graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University who worked as a sports reporter for two daily newspapers in Wisconsin, covering the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. Spofford has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006.

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