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  • 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/



Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.


Fulfillment came early for Clements

Posted Jun 28, 2011

When you’re a quarterback that wins a national championship at Notre Dame, your 15 minutes of fame lasts a lifetime, especially when you are the star of one of the greatest plays in college football history.

“It’s my trademark,” Packers Quarterbacks Coach Tom Clements said with an easy smile. He didn’t resist having the clock turned back to New Year’s Eve, 1973. Why would he?

Most kids use college to springboard them into a life of fulfillment. Before this night was complete, Clements would already achieve fulfillment. If he never did another thing, he had already done enough.

It all goes back to that one play: third-and-8, on the Notre Dame 4-yard line, needing only one more first down to win the national championship. Alabama trailed, 24-23, and had pinned Notre Dame deep in its own territory late in the game. Alabama’s plan was to force a punt and kick a game-winning field goal.

“I’m reminded of it a lot, but there are days I don’t think of it,” Clements said. “Ara (Parseghian) made a great call. We got into a running set. They reacted to the run and the clean-out guy ran right by his guy.”

Clements spiraled a perfect pass to tight end Robin Weber. It clinched the win and passed Clements into Notre Dame lore. At the tender age of 20, Clements had achieved immortality.

So where do you go from there?

Well, Clements went to the Canadian Football League. In the mid-1970s, the NFL was a game for big quarterbacks with big arms. Defenses were still playing bump-and-run coverage and quarterbacks had to have the arm strength to allow them seven- and nine-step drops and still be able to get the ball downfield the moment the receiver came the least bit free. That wasn’t Clements’ game.

“The type of quarterback the NFL was looking for then was a pocket passer; don’t run around. That wasn’t my type of game,” Clements said.

He spent five great years in the CFL, spent some time with the Kansas City Chiefs, then went back to the CFL for seven more great seasons. He’s in the CFL’s Hall of Fame.

“I have no regrets. I had a lot of fun winning a couple of championships. It was a good life,” Clements said of football above the border.

Had the NFL game been more wide open, as it is today, he might’ve never gone to Canada. Clements’ talents were perfectly suited for today’s NFL game.

If he wasn’t successful as a player in the NFL, he sure has been as a coach. His reputation made its greatest gains in reclaiming the careers of quarterbacks Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox, while serving as the quarterbacks coach in his hometown, Pittsburgh.

Along the way, Clements twice interviewed for the head job at Notre Dame. The second time was when Charlie Weis was hired.

“That’s when I thought I would get it,” he said.

A head job?

“I’d still pursue it. I’d like to be a coordinator again, but this is a tough place to leave. We have a chance to be good for a number of years. I still want that next step up the ladder, but it would have to be a good situation,” Clements said.

His current quarterback is the best quarterback he’s coached. That’s what makes Clements’ situation in Green Bay especially good.

“You could tell he had talent. He had all of the physical tools, plus, he’s intelligent,” Clements said of Aaron Rodgers, the reigning Super Bowl MVP. “I think it worked well that he was able to be seasoned a little before he became the starter. When he became the starter, we had no trepidation.

“The biggest things playing quarterback is decision-making and accuracy. Then you have Aaron’s ability to make plays. Leading up to the Super Bowl, I was interviewed about Aaron and I said he’s the entire package.”

Some would say he’s already achieved immortality, too.


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