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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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

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Packers draft class set to tackle challenges

Posted May 12, 2012

General Manager Ted Thompson has often said he wants football to mean a lot to the players he drafts.

So for all the skills and achievements the 2012 draft class is bringing to Green Bay, it also likely would please Thompson to hear each of his draftees discuss what they feel they have to prove.

Right down the line, first through seventh round, the motivations are there. Call them chips on the shoulder or fires in the belly, but they’re a part of how the draftees have launched their pro careers over orientation weekend.

First-rounder Nick Perry has to prove he can make the transition from defensive end at USC to outside linebacker in the NFL, despite his reported protestations at the combine to changing spots. Second-rounder Jerel Worthy (pictured, No. 99) will try to quiet those who criticized him for taking plays off at Michigan State.

“Everybody that talks bad about you is just a motivator,” said Worthy, a disruptive defensive lineman. “The same people that say I don’t have a good motor, they’re the same people I’ll be thanking later on.”

Like Worthy, fellow second-rounder Casey Hayward from Vanderbilt is out to prove Thompson made the right call in trading up to make him the fifth cornerback to come off the board.

Two other cornerbacks, Montana’s Trumaine Johnson and Central Florida’s Josh Robinson, went within the next four picks after Hayward.

“It means a lot when somebody is willing to move up that much, to pick a guy like me,” Hayward said.

Fourth-rounder Mike Daniels (also pictured, helmet off), who’s sitting out the on-field workouts this weekend due to injury, doesn’t want to take a back seat to his three Iowa defensive linemates who were drafted a year ago.

He had to stand out on his own as a college senior, and he plans to do the same as a pro rookie.

“A year ago, we had an NFL defensive line (at Iowa), and I found it my job to play better than them,” Daniels said. “That’s what goes on in the NFL. Everybody pushes each other to play better than the guys left and right of them.”

Another fourth-rounder, Maine safety Jerron McMillian, is a small-school player who wants to show the jump to the NFL isn’t as big as some make it out to be.

McMillian wasn’t offered any Division I scholarships coming out of high school except from Maine, so he’s walked through these kinds of proving grounds before.

“You always have to try to prove that small-school guys can play just as well as everybody else,” McMillian said. “That’s always (what happens) coming from a small school that doesn’t get the recognition of the big schools, but football is football.”

Fifth-round linebacker Terrell Manning was the third player Thompson traded up for in this year’s draft, costing the GM three picks to move up more than a full round – 36 spots, his biggest climb of draft weekend.

Manning said after he was selected that he was agonizing over not being chosen sooner, feeling he’s a better player than several linebackers drafted ahead of him. The North Carolina State standout wasn’t backing off that stance this weekend.

“I’ve got a lot to prove,” he said. “Everybody has their personal opinion about my game, but I know myself and right now it’s all about what I end up doing on the field by producing.”

Last but not least, the seventh-rounders are embracing their challenges, too. Quarterback B.J. Coleman has to show that taking a step back in college competition by transferring from Tennessee to UT-Chattanooga didn’t make him any less prepared to dive into an NFL playbook.

Meanwhile, offensive tackle Andrew Datko is insistent that his bad shoulder, originally hurt in high school and then surgically repaired at Florida State, won’t keep him from fulfilling his lifelong dream.

“I knew coming into the draft my shoulder was going to affect (my status), but the coaches know and I know what I can bring to the table,” Datko said. “So I’m going to work as hard as I can to bring that to the team.”

Spoken like a player to whom football matters, but then again it’s a given Thompson already knew that, about all of them.

Additional coverage - May 12

 
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