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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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Where are they now? Donny Anderson is on the golf course

Posted Apr 14, 2011


Former Packers dynamo Donny Anderson spoke of playing golf after morning practices, the art of punting left-footed, asking Vince Lombardi about the chances of dabbling as an offseason pro baseball player and other subjects while relaxing after 18 holes in the Senior Masters Invitational at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif.

The Texas Tech product who recorded nearly 5,000 yards from scrimmage over six seasons in Green Bay still stokes the competitive fires as a top-notch amateur golfer, traveling the country for tournaments.

Anderson has been honing his skills on the course since his days with the Packers, but really sharpened them over the last three decades since retiring from the NFL in 1974. A one handicap, he played on the celebrity golf tour for 18 years, then regained his amateur status last year and has since won a couple of tournaments in his native Texas.

“It’s a competitive thing; it’s fun to get out there and still compete,” said Anderson, who is 67. “I get a charge out of it, and I’m lucky. It’s something I got good at and it’s something you get to keep playing later in life.”

So he gets in about 150 rounds a year, playing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. He lives in Dallas and some days, when he isn’t playing, he practices. Anderson even found a way to the course when he was with the Packers with quarterback Zeke Bratkowski and defensive back Doug Hart, getting nine holes in periodically between morning workouts and 3 p.m. meetings. Lombardi actually didn’t mind.

“Vince loved that because he knew we weren’t getting into any trouble,” he said.

Anderson was selected with the seventh overall pick of the 1965 draft, after finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. His three-year contract made him the highest-paid player in pro football history. It was at a time when the bidding war for talent between the NFL and AFL was at its height.

“The phone call was a surprise and he said, ‘This is Vince Lombardi, would you like to play for the Green Bay Packers?’” Anderson said. “I told him that would be like playing for the New York Yankees in baseball, and he said I was right and that we just drafted you in the first round. As it turned out, I waited until the next year to play, because that was the last year of the double draft. It was different then, but good timing.”

Anderson was a do-it-all back for the Packers from 1966-71, with the kind of versatility that is found in today’s runners more often than in the past. He had 3,165 yards rushing, leading the team in 1968 and again in ’70 with a career-best 853 yards. He had 1,725 yards receiving, averaging nearly 14 yards per catch. Anderson only returned 15 punts in his career, but averaged 14.8 yards and scored on a 77-yard TD. Early in his career, he was a kick-returner.

“I always thought maybe I could have been a wide receiver,” said Anderson, who was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1968. “Vince thought that maybe that was what I was supposed to be, but I could run pretty well.”

Anderson was also the club’s punter, a skill he had worked on for an entire summer at Texas Tech. As a rookie he only punted twice, but he took over the duties for good for the rest of his time in Green Bay, averaging 39.6 yards on 315 punts. For Lombardi, hang time was the key, not distance.

“I never gave up a punt return for a touchdown, and in 1967 we gave up an average of less than two yards per return (1.7),” Anderson said. “Being left-footed, I had this high, hanging, backwards spiral going. Most guys weren’t used to it. I was a punt-returner, too, so I knew it was a backwards ball. That was just the system back then. Coach Lombardi said, ‘You’re punting.’ So I punted.”

By running, receiving, returning and punting, maybe Anderson earned the historical contract. He even threw a pair of TDs while with the Packers. He could have played professional baseball, as the lefty was offered a handsome sum by the New York Mets after playing centerfield for the Red Raiders.

“In a very humble way, maybe by playing running back, catching the ball, returning punts and kicks and punting, I would represent five players,” Anderson said. “Really that was just the time, though, in the NFL, and the way you used players. I even asked Vince if I could play baseball in the offseason. Baseball was my first love. He asked me if I was out of my mind.”

One of the most memorable moments of Super Bowl I came when Anderson knocked out Kansas City defensive back Fred “The Hammer” Williamson with a thigh to the helmet. The defender had vowed during the pre-game hype that he would be the one dishing out the hard hits.

“He was talking a lot of trash before the game and we happened to run a sweep in his direction,” Anderson said. “I think he said he wasn’t knocked out, but I saw him on the ground, then they put him on a stretcher and took him off. I still see him every now and then.

“Willie Wood, our safety, said on the sidelines, ‘The Hammer is out.’ It was one of the funniest things. NFL Films was on the sidelines and you can still see it all. Max McGee said I hit him with my wallet.”

Ricky Zeller is a contributing writer for packers.com. He has covered the NFL for several publications.

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