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  • 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
  • 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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Seneca Wallace gives Aaron Rodgers veteran backup

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Three undrafted rookies took advantage of opportunity

GREEN BAY—In only one of his first five seasons as the Packers starting quarterback has Aaron Rodgers been backed up by a quarterback with starting experience in the NFL. That was in 2011, when Matt Flynn had one pro start – at New England in 2010 – to his credit.

Enter Seneca Wallace, the Packers’ 11th-hour acquisition as ostensibly Rodgers’ No. 2 for 2013. Mostly a backup over his 10-year career, Wallace started 21 games for the Seahawks and Browns from 2006-11.

That, and his previous experience in the West Coast offense, has earned Mike McCarthy’s confidence that the backup job is in good hands, even on such short notice.

“He clearly understands the role,” McCarthy said. “He has a lot of experience being in and out of systems. Just talking to him last night, he’ll be ready to play Sunday.

“He has a lot of experience, period.”

After going through his first practice in Green Bay on Monday, Wallace said he’s “excited” to be here and now has to “dig into the playbook,” which shouldn’t be as foreign to him as it was to Vince Young, whose release on Saturday after a failed one-month audition prompted the signing of Wallace.

“It has a lot of carryover from the West Coast terminology that I’m used to,” Wallace said of McCarthy’s offense. “Mike Holmgren was here and I was with him in Seattle for seven years. There’s a lot of carryover. Now it’s just trying to hone in, especially in this type of week with a game coming up and I just got here, trying to take in as much as I can.”

A last-minute change of this importance to the 53-man roster is not normal in Green Bay, but McCarthy chalked it up to the annual process of evaluating all the players in training camp and building the best possible roster.

It just so happened that the evaluations that weren’t up to snuff were bunched at quarterback, where Graham Harrell, Young and B.J. Coleman, who each played in at least three preseason games, were all released in the past nine days.

“If it didn’t work out the way people are used to, I make no apologies for that at all,” McCarthy said. “We’re about building a football team each and every year, building a team to go win a championship.

“You do an evaluation where you give everybody a true opportunity, and it’s a responsibility of the individuals to take advantage of those opportunities. That did not happen in certain positions.”

It did happen with the three undrafted rookies who made the team. It’s almost an annual rite of passage in Green Bay that at least one undrafted rookie beats the odds to stick around, and in this case guard Lane Taylor, outside linebacker Andy Mulumba and safety Chris Banjo all pulled it off.

OLB Andy Mulumba, who now wears No. 55

For all three, cutdown day was a nerve-racking Saturday, not knowing whether the phone would ring with any bad news. Generally speaking, a player doesn’t know for sure if he’s made the team until the 5 p.m. deadline passes without a phone call.

Mulumba spent the day trying to relax at a cookout with his “rider,” a local boy named Ben who provided Mulumba with his bike to ride from the locker room to the practice field every day during training camp. Ben’s family invited Mulumba over on Saturday to celebrate Ben’s 13th birthday, and Mulumba said Ben’s birthday wish was that he make the team.

“I was nervous all day. I didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Mulumba, who’s originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “I didn’t know the scenario, what they were thinking upstairs. But good things happened.”

Banjo’s odds may have been the longest of the three undrafted rookies, having not arrived in Green Bay until the fourth practice of training camp.

Despite no offseason or OTAs to get introduced to Dom Capers’ defense, Banjo regularly showed up on the practice field and in the preseason games. But then he nearly missed his chance to seal a roster spot last Thursday in Kansas City. Banjo injured his hip defending a pass play in the second quarter and had to leave the field.

“At the time, I was real upset with the whole situation,” Banjo said. “I tried my best not to show it. It was real frustrating that I might not get a chance because I got injured at the time. I just told myself I was going to do my best and play through it.”

He did, eventually returning to record a 14-yard sack on a blitz in the fourth quarter.

“You have to be impressed with what Chris Banjo’s done since the day he arrived here,” McCarthy said. “He was productive in every opportunity he was given. Then he goes out in Kansas City and plays through an injury. To me, that was icing on the cake.”

Additional coverage - Sept. 2

 
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