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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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Tight end Brandon Bostick looking for more in year two

Posted May 3, 2013

Converted Division II receiver went from tryout player to practice squad as rookie in 2012

TE Brandon Bostick caught three passes for 28 yards in the preseason as a rookie last year, when he wore No. 48. He will wear No. 86 this year.

GREEN BAY—On the first day of training camp last summer, the first time the rookie tight end tried to catch a pass from Aaron Rodgers, Brandon Bostick dislocated the pinky finger on his left hand.

He taped it up and didn’t miss any practice time, but it was one of many reminders that Bostick wasn’t at tiny Newberry College anymore.

Now in his second year in the NFL, after spending all of 2012 in obscurity on the Packers’ practice squad, Bostick believes it’s time to emerge. He says he’s better prepared for everything the Packers will throw his way – the thick playbook, the intense workouts and, of course, Rodgers’ rocket arm.

“I know the offense. I’ve been in the offense for a year now,” Bostick said following one of his recent offseason workouts. “I’ve gotten stronger. My blocking has improved, and I’m still working daily on that. I’m ready to make the leap to the 53 this year.”

Bostick is soft-spoken, but there’s nothing shy about that statement, and it’s reason enough to watch him in training camp this summer. It’s also testament to how far he’s come in 12 months.

A year ago at this time, Bostick had just finished watching the entire draft without receiving a single phone call. He got a chance to try out for the Jets during their rookie camp, but he returned home to Columbia, S.C., without a contract.

The following week, he came on a tryout basis to Green Bay’s rookie orientation and again left empty-handed. He admittedly began second-guessing “this football thing.”

“Everyone has hopes of getting drafted, so I was that guy waiting at home,” he said. “It’s tough, not being drafted, not being anything. Football is all you know for the last four years, but I just kept believing in myself and kept training, and it worked out.”

It worked out because three weeks after the rookie camp in Green Bay, the Packers called with a contract offer. They wanted the 6-3, 245-pound Division II receiver to convert to a West Coast-offense tight end.

Bostick certainly looks the part. He’s tall and lean, with a build and speed similar to Jermichael Finley. But he also came as a project.

The biggest initial challenge for Bostick was learning the offense. In Mike McCarthy’s system, tight ends can line up next to the tackle, in the slot, split wide or even at fullback. It’s an extensive list of possibilities and responsibilities.

“At Newberry, we had a pretty basic offense,” Bostick said. “I was always the back-side receiver, so I didn’t have to learn that much.”

He also didn’t have to block much, and that duty remains a constant work in progress. It helps that he’s now up to 260 pounds, and while getting bigger he doesn’t believe he lost any agility. On the practice squad last season, he was awarded scout team player of the week multiple times by the coaching staff, emulating the likes of San Francisco’s Vernon Davis and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham.

As year two begins, Bostick hears opportunity knocking. The Packers didn’t draft a tight end last weekend, and the only free-agent addition to the position thus far is Matthew Mulligan, who was used much more as a blocker than pass-catcher in his four years with the Jets and Rams.

Behind Finley, Andrew Quarless is coming back from injury, while 2011 draft picks D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor are entering their third seasons. There isn’t room for everyone, but it isn’t an overcrowded position, either.

When his second go-round at OTAs and training camp begins soon, Bostick believes he’ll look like a different player, and not just because he’ll be wearing a different jersey. He was given No. 86 at the start of offseason workouts last month after wearing No. 48 as a rookie.

With the additional 15 pounds, he plans to bring more physicality to his game, and with a better understanding of the offense, he hopes to be able to think less and react quicker.

He’ll be ready for Rodgers’ fastball this time.

“I think they’re looking for me to do big things on offense and special teams,” Bostick said. “This is the time for me to make that leap.”

 
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