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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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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Packers cornerback makes big play of his new career

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Brandon Smith seized the moment in opening practice of training camp

GREEN BAY—He had never previously played the position in a game or even in a training camp practice, but something inside Brandon Smith told him to break on the ball and now he found himself running down the sideline with the ball in his hand, his once seemingly dead football career revived.

Smith is one of the desperate dreamers, most of whom never have a moment as Smith did in the Packers’ opening practice of training camp. If he never does another thing, he’ll remember what he did on this day.

“It was an awesome feeling. I felt like I was running pretty fast, but he was running right with me and down there giving me a high five,” Smith said, referring to his coach, Joe Whitt.

Let’s start at the beginning, 2011, when Smith was a wide receiver who failed to stick following tries with the Panthers and the Seahawks. Football, it appeared, was in his rearview mirror.

He spent the next two seasons out of the game, but it stayed in his heart. He wasn’t ready to quit on it. He decided to reinvent himself as a cornerback.

“What made me make the switch was the market in the NFL. They’re looking for big, strong, physical corners. I said that fits my description,” Smith said.

At 6-1, 205, Smith has the kind of size and speed that are rare to the cornerback position. It’s also important to note that Sam Shields was a wide receiver who converted to cornerback in college at Miami.

“Coach told me he had a couple of guys that turned over from wide receiver,” Smith said.

Smith credits Whitt with providing the confidence Smith has needed in making the move to cornerback. It’s support that couldn’t have come at a better time, as Smith lost his mother this past May, the Mother’s Day month.

“We kind of connected and he saw my talent right off the bat. He’s been my confidence. His confidence in me is carrying me through this,” Smith said.

It was Smith’s dogged determination, however, that got the ball rolling. He worked his way into a super regional combine in Dallas, a platform for second-chance athletes, this past April. His performance there earned him a look as a tryout player in the Packers’ rookie camp in May, from which the Packers signed Smith to a contract.

His football odyssey, however, reached its zenith on Friday. He left Packers fans that jammed Ray Nitschke Field to watch Aaron Rodgers throw passes, to ask each other, “Who’s the guy that intercepted that pass?”

“It was cover zero and I was manned up with my guy. Don’t get beat cause there’s no help over the top,” Smith recalled. “He had high shoulders and gave a slight look back to the quarterback. I looked back to the quarterback and saw he was getting ready to throw the ball.”

Smith stepped in front of the receiver, intercepted the pass and was down the sideline, his coach in tow.

“As long as I can put plays together like that, talent wise I feel like I can play with the best,” he said.

Additional coverage - July 26

 
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