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  • 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
  • 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.

     

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TE Quarless Re-Dedicated Himself To Football

Posted Apr 23, 2010

Andrew Quarless already feels like he got a second chance at a football career, and he plans to make the Green Bay Packers the beneficiary of that. The athletic pass-catcher from Penn State ended up setting school records for the most receptions by a tight end in one season, with 41 his senior year in 2009, and in a career, with 87 overall. - More Packers.com Draft Page

Andrew Quarless already feels like he got a second chance at a football career, and he plans to make the Green Bay Packers the beneficiary of that.

The athletic pass-catcher from Penn State ended up setting school records for the most receptions by a tight end in one season, with 41 his senior year in 2009, and in a career, with 87 overall. That production prompted the Packers to select him in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, the 154th overall pick.

But he was nearly kicked off the team by legendary coach Joe Paterno long before setting those records, with two years remaining in his college career. Prior to the 2008 season, Quarless was involved in a second underage drinking incident, this one including a DUI charge.

He literally had to plead with Paterno to keep his scholarship, having already been given a reprieve after an underage-drinking incident as a freshman, and he vowed to stay sober, a pledge he has kept since that night in 2008. He calls it the sacrifice he had to make, and it couldn't have been a better decision.

"The day after my DUI, I went to Coach Paterno's house, and he really didn't want to hear it," Quarless said. "He was ready to let me go. But I spoke my piece and told him I was going to change, and he gave me that one more chance. I had to sacrifice drinking for my life and I think it was very productive."

On the field and off. After serving a one-game suspension at the start of 2008, Quarless basically lost his job to teammate Mickey Shuler. But he rebounded with a vengeance last season, catching 41 passes for 536 yards (13.1 avg.) and three touchdowns, roughly half his career production of 87 catches, 1,146 yards and eight scores. He was named honorable mention all-Big Ten in 2009.

"He's had some problems in the past," said Green Bay tight ends coach Ben McAdoo, who interviewed Quarless extensively at the combine and discussed the transgressions at length. "That being said, I think we felt comfortable with him. He's a young man that's been held accountable for his mistakes, and he's held himself accountable, and as we move forward we think his best days are ahead of him."

Quarless defended his blocking abilities when questioned by the media, but McAdoo noted that's clearly the area he'll need to focus on most to improve. That's not unusual at all for pro prospects, particularly the way the college game is developing, and Quarless comes into the NFL a lot like new teammate Jermichael Finley, whose blocking has improved considerably in his first two years as a pro.

"He's typical of tight ends coming out now," McAdoo said. "You don't see a lot of polished blocking. That's something he's going to have to grow in obviously in the run game."

But if he can, his potential as a pass-catcher is intriguing. At 6-foot-4 and 252 pounds with good speed, Quarless could become a weapon and a tough matchup for defenses, similar to Finley. McAdoo called the thought of Finley and Quarless on the field together "exciting to think about."

"I definitely feel like I'm able to stretch the field vertically, really attack the middle of the field, which in the long run will really help the receivers outside," Quarless said.

In addition to Finley, Quarless also joins tight ends Donald Lee and Spencer Havner on the Green Bay roster, so the competition at the position in training camp should be pretty intense.

But the first priority for Quarless is to continue to make good on his promise to Paterno, and himself.

Later in 2008, his name was mentioned for the wrong reasons again when police found marijuana in an apartment he shared with three Penn State teammates, but drug tests proved Quarless was clean and the marijuana was his roommates', not his.

Those are the kind of close calls that will have fans and the NFL questioning him from here on out, fair or not. Quarless knows that, and is determined to keep any trouble in his past as he takes on the challenges of life as a pro athlete.

"The point I'm at in my life, I feel like I'm already focused," he said. "Those were life lessons I had to learn, and I'm happy I learned them early. I have that tunnel vision right now that nothing can stop me."

 
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