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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 close minicamp with eye on youth

Posted Jun 14, 2012

A Packers defense that’s relying on several young players to provide the lift the unit needs, would seem to have used the spring practice season to identify some of the youth capable of providing that lift.

“I’m excited when I see the younger player being educated. Davon House jumps to mind,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said in his minicamp-closing address to the media on Thursday. “This is going to be a damn competitive training camp. No question about it.”

House, a cornerback selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, is one of the stars of the spring season. He has put himself into position to compete in training camp for more than just playing time, maybe even a starting job.

And there are other young players on the rise.

This year’s first-round pick, Nick Perry, was plugged into the starting left outside linebacker position from the start of OTAs, and Perry was still there on the final day of minicamp. Perry is being counted on to be the pass-rush complement to Clay Matthews.

“The environment changes when we come back for training camp. In Nick’s particular case, it’s given him a chance to focus in on the playbook. It’s a vast playbook; we’re a multiple schematic defense. It’s a chance for the game to slow down for Nick and all of the young players,” McCarthy said.

“It’s very beneficial to young players, and we’re a young football team, always will be because of our philosophy of draft and develop. The offseason is critical to our success.”

Second-year inside linebacker D.J. Smith, who won two game balls as a rookie last season, used the spring season to take his learning to a higher level. McCarthy stopped just short of predicting big things for Smith this season.

“Now you see a young player very comfortable getting in and out of all the personnel groups. He looks a lot more comfortable. I look for him to be one of those second-year players that make a big contribution this year,” McCarthy said of Smith.

“What I like is the energy the newly acquired players bring to camp. That’s every year. This is a little different because there are a lot of them on defense and you can definitely see the competition has really heightened from day one over there. And I like our veterans, Aaron Rodgers being here every single day. He’s a tremendous leader. He’s a tremendous role model. He does all of the little things behind the scenes and that is huge for our football team.”

Nowhere has the emergence of young talent been more noticeable than it has been in the secondary. McCarthy singled out the safety positions, where the Packers are attempting to replace Super Bowl XLV star Nick Collins, whose Packers career was ended last season due to a neck injury.

“I would definitely say our young safeties have taken advantage of their reps, and we have some flexibility at safety we haven’t had before. (Rookie Jerron) McMillian has been training at the dime position and Anthony Levine may have a chance to go down in there. M.D. (Jennings) has done a very nice job,” McCarthy said, making a point of including veteran cornerback Charles Woodson in the mix at safety.

“With Charles’ ability to play safety, nickel and dime, we have some flexibility in our secondary, a little more than we’ve had in the past. But let’s not kid ourselves. Training camp is when things really come into light.”

The Packers ended minicamp on Thursday with a spirited and up-tempo practice that sends players into a six-week waiting period for the start of training camp.

“It’s everybody’s individual time to get ready for the grind of an NFL season. An NFL season is very challenging for players and coaches, foremost for the players. This is their time to get ready. I’ve been impressed by the way our team has left here and has come back for training camp. We haven’t had conditioning issues in the past and I don’t think that’ll be the case this year,” McCarthy said.

“Where we are as a football team is different from where we were last year as a football team. The offseason is so important. It’s a chance for individual growth. The smartest players have always been the best players, in my experience.”

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