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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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Two tackles in fourth round seen as versatile additions

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Colorado’s David Bakhtiari and Cornell’s J.C. Tretter add competition on offensive line

Green Bay Packers Fourth Round Picks focus on offensive line

GREEN BAY—Last year was the first draft in the previous five in which the Packers didn’t select at least two offensive linemen.

On Saturday, they took two offensive linemen in less than an hour, drafting a pair of offensive tackles 13 picks apart in the fourth round, David Bakhtiari from Colorado (pick No. 109) and J.C. Tretter from Cornell (122).

Both players started their final two collegiate seasons at left tackle but played different positions prior. Bakhtiari was a right tackle as a sophomore, while Tretter was a tight end for his first two college years.

The Packers are listing both players as tackles, but Offensive Line Coach James Campen said they have the versatility to perhaps play other spots as well.

“We feel they can play multiple positions,” Campen said. “Both these kids are very good athletes, flexible kids. A lot of flexibility gives you an opportunity to get better at a lot of positions.”

Campen often touts the value of competition on the offensive line, and he emphasized that the competition in an already crowded room has been ratcheted up a notch with the addition of two fourth-round picks.

“That’s a good thing to have,” Campen said. “The men in that room understand that, they understood that before this draft, and our competition just got better.”

Bakhtiari can’t wait for that competition to start. He said he was working out earlier this month with Clay Matthews, who is good friends with Bakhtiari’s older brother, Eric, who has played defensive end in the NFL for two teams.

View photos of the Packers' fourth round draft picks

“I’m excited now to compete against him,” said Bakhtiari, whose workouts with Matthews ended when the Packers and Matthews agreed to a new contract two weeks ago. “I want to learn from him and learn how to block him.”

Listed at 6-4, 300, Bakhtiari started 33 career games in college, 22 at left tackle and 11 at right tackle, and was named second-team All-Pac-12 last year. He entered the draft with one year of eligibility left at Colorado, saying he felt “mentally mature enough” to take the next step. It’s a big one, going from a one-win college team to a perennial NFL playoff contender, but Bakhtiari believes he’s ready.

“I couldn’t be happier than to be in an amazing organization on a great team,” he said. “I’m more determined than I already was. I’m excited to get to Green Bay, get the playbook, study it and get to work and compete.”

Tretter echoed those thoughts, recognizing he’s making a big leap as well, from the Ivy League to the NFL. He joins another Ivy Leaguer on the Packers offensive line, Greg Van Roten from Penn.

Tretter’s pre-draft process hit a snag when he broke his nose the day before he was scheduled to fly to the Senior Bowl, getting caught up in a fluke accident with defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson in a one-on-one pass blocking drill at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He called that “one of the toughest parts of this whole process,” but he was all smiles when he got the call from the Packers.

Making the transition from tight end to tackle, Tretter (6-4 307) steadily put on weight in college, and he believes he can add more if needed. He said his time at tight end, and as a quarterback in high school, has given him a solid understanding of the game and speaks to his athletic ability.

“It helped me understand coverages, kind of read the defense,” Tretter said. “Having quick feet, being an athlete always helps on the offensive line. It helped with the (transition) process and I’ve come pretty far.

“It’s a long way from when I was a 230-pound quarterback in high school.”

 

 
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