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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 armed with picks for day three

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Ted Thompson positions Packers for final-day haul

GREEN BAY—Ted Thompson has armed the Packers with a slew of picks for Saturday’s third and final day of the draft.

Making a total of three trades on Friday and selecting just one player – Alabama running back Eddie Lacy late in the second round – the Packers enter Saturday with 10 remaining picks.

They are as follows: two in the fourth round, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.

“We felt like the board held together really good,” Thompson said. “We came into this hoping to be able to add some picks for tomorrow, and it worked out today.

“We still have to finish it tomorrow.”

All the trades back most likely indicate the Packers have a lot of players on their board with late-round grades and wouldn’t have been maximizing value in the third round to select one of them.

Of course, on Saturday the Packers could be interested in moving up to select a player and package some of their newly acquired picks in order to do so. It sets up an intriguing final day of the draft for Green Bay.

Last year, the draft went the other way, with Thompson trading up three times to select players he had targeted. Thompson said the accumulation of so many picks is not a reflection of his feelings about the team’s current roster.

“I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “It’s more a function of the board.”

Thompson’s night of trading started by moving back six spots, from No. 55 to 61, and picking up an extra sixth-round pick from San Francisco (173).

Then, after taking Lacy, Thompson initially moved back five spots in the third round, from 88 to 93, and acquired a seventh-rounder (216), again from the 49ers.

Finally, Thompson traded that 93rd pick to the Dolphins, moving the Packers out of the third round altogether, while picking up three picks from Miami – a fourth (109), a fifth (146) and a seventh (224).

As for the one player the Packers did select on Friday night, Lacy had been in New York City on Thursday but wasn’t drafted in the first round. On a plane flying back to school, Lacy actually got the call from the Packers when he landed. Fortunately, he turned his phone back on “as soon as the wheels touched the ground.”

“It was a big relief. I’m very excited,” he said, calling his two-day wait to get picked “very long” and “nerve-racking.” Lacy’s stock may have fallen due to a hamstring injury that delayed his workout for scouts. When he finally did work out, he said he wasn’t at full strength, but he claims to be 100 percent now.

“From day one I’m going to step in and be ready to go,” said Lacy, who will wear No. 27 for the Packers.

Projected by many to be the first running back taken in this draft, Lacy ended up being the fourth. No backs were taken in the first round, and then North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard (Bengals), Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell (Steelers) and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (Broncos) all went in the second round ahead of Lacy.

The Packers originally had their choice of Ball or Lacy at pick No. 55, but after trading back, the choice was made for Green Bay, as Ball went at 58.

Lacy becomes the biggest draft investment Thompson has made at running back in his nine drafts. The previous high was the 63rd pick, used on Nebraska’s Brandon Jackson back in 2007.

 “We felt very good about taking him, we really did,” Thompson said. “Between the lines, he’s a go-getter.”

At 5-11, 230, Lacy was immensely productive at Alabama, averaging an eye-popping 6.77 yards per carry for his career in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference (355 carries, 2,402 yards). That set an all-time SEC record for backs with at least 350 carries, surpassing the mark of 6.62 set by Auburn’s Bo Jackson back in the early 1980s.

Playing behind Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson in earlier years, Lacy got one season as the Crimson Tide’s feature runner, in 2012. He averaged 6.48 yards per carry (204 rushes, 1,322 yards, 17 TDs) to set a school record and tie for second in SEC history for a single season with a minimum of 200 carries. Georgia’s Garrison Hearst averaged 6.79 yards in 1992.

“When you watch the film, he rarely goes down with one guy trying to tackle him,” said Director of College Scouting Brian Gutekunst, who added the Packers also liked what they saw on film of his pass-catching and pass protection. “More guys have to tackle him. He’d have to be gang-tackled.”

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