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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/

     

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Packers strong at corner, now young at safety

Posted Feb 19, 2013

In pass-oriented NFL, developing young talent a constant need in secondary


Packers.com is examining the Packers’ roster, position by position. In the seventh installment, we look at the defensive backs.

GREEN BAY—The simplest way to analyze the Packers secondary is to recognize two things.

First, there isn’t a stronger position on the roster than cornerback.

Second, following the recent release of Charles Woodson, there isn’t a younger position on the roster than safety.

The Packers feel they have four starting-caliber corners coming out of 2012. That was confirmed after the season by position coach Joe Whitt Jr., who said the starting jobs for 2013 would be open to competition amongst Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and Davon House.

Williams is the veteran of the bunch whose play improved following an injury-plagued 2011 but who has yet to return to being the playmaker of 2010. Williams had just two interceptions last season, both in Week 2, his lowest total since becoming a regular starter in 2008.

It should be noted, however, that Williams was frequently assigned to cover the opponent’s top target, and his work in the NFC North against Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Chicago’s Brandon Marshall went a long way toward the Packers going 4-0 against those rivals.

Shields bounced back from an uneven 2011 with a strong 2012 that showcased his improved tackling. He’s a restricted free agent whom the Packers almost certainly intend to keep with a high-tender offer, and he performed especially well following a six-week absence due to an ankle injury. Over the final six games (including two playoff contests), Shields intercepted four passes, returning one for an early TD in the divisional-round loss at San Francisco.

Shields could be considered a rising star, as is Hayward. A second-round draft pick, Hayward led the Packers and all NFL rookies with six interceptions. He also led Green Bay with 25 passes defensed in the regular season (one more than Williams), as he settled into the slot corner role in the nickel package the Packers employ more than any other on defense. Even if Hayward doesn’t become a starter on the outside in base, he’s a de facto starter in the slot in nickel.

House has only a half-season’s games under his belt through two years, due to injuries, but he remains an intriguing and promising prospect. He had surgery on his troublesome shoulder this offseason and hopes to show what he can do at full health. Playing with a shoulder harness last season, he had multiple pass break-ups five times over a span of six games while Shields was out.

Veteran Jarrett Bush and practice-squad holdover James Nixon round out the depth chart at corner. Bush has filled in when needed in the past, but look for the Packers to continue developing young players to keep the position well-stocked. It’s a necessity in a pass-oriented league.

At safety there are more questions for the Packers as they look for a full-time starter alongside Morgan Burnett. With Woodson gone, Burnett is the new veteran at the position, heading into just his fourth season.

M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian both played extensively last season while Woodson was injured and will be given the opportunity to prove they can be long-term answers. If either can smooth out the ups and downs from 2012, that could free up the more consistent Burnett (two sacks, two interceptions) to make more big plays in 2013.

Another youngster, Sean Richardson, could get his shot as well, provided he returns from a neck injury in good health. At 6-2, 216, Richardson is considerably bigger than Jennings or McMillian, and he was just starting to make an impact on special teams as an undrafted rookie last year when the neck injury ended his season.

With practice-squad holdover Chaz Powell the only other safety currently on the roster, the Packers may invest a draft pick or two at the position. In a draft said to possess considerable safety talent, spending a high pick is a distinct possibility. The only safeties the Packers have selected in the past five drafts are Burnett (third round, 2010) and McMillian (fourth round, 2012).

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