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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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Vic Ketchman

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

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Irvin must convince teams he's no risk

Posted Feb 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS—Bruce Irvin is asking to be forgiven his sins. The team that does might be blessed with a lot of sacks.

The Irvin saga is about the ravages of poverty and the resurrection of spirit. Somehow, Irvin avoided falling through the proverbial cracks of hard times that have claimed so many young men with talent.

He was homeless as a teenager. He spent time in jail. The details are dismal.

Did you ever think you’d be here, he was asked by reporters at the scouting combine?

“It actually started to sink in on my way to the airport. I was kind of getting teared up in the car,” he said.

Irvin is a classic 3-4 outside linebacker prospect in this year’s draft. The teams that need such a player, which is to say a player that offers the potential to sack a lot of quarterbacks, will look hard at Irvin. If they can swallow just as hard and look past the rough spots on his resume, they might one day be thankful they did.

“I grew up in a rough neighborhood in Atlanta. Dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. Kind of got into some trouble running with the wrong crowd. Finally saw the light. Got my GED. Took the test. Passed all five parts on the first time. I went to school and I never looked back,” Irvin said.

“They’ve heard the story, they’ve read the articles,” he added of the NFL scouts. “They’re questioning me, which I don’t blame them. They want to hear it from the horse’s mouth about how it happened.”

Irvin eventually ended up at West Virginia, where he registered 14 sacks as a junior in WVU’s unique 3-3-5 defense. Irvin played down end, which won’t suit his 6-3, 245-pound frame at all in the NFL. It didn’t even work well in his senior season at WVU. Irvin had to reduce his snaps, which cut his sacks to 8.5.

The potential for sack stardom as a 3-4 rush backer in the NFL, however, is distinct. Irvin claims to run a 4.5 40. If he runs that fast on Monday, he will become one of the fastest-rising guys in this draft. Sacks are king in today’s NFL.

But has he legitimately turned his life around? That’s the even bigger question that has to be answered.

“They can check my past for the last four or five years. I’ve got a lot of people who can vouch for me and say that I’m no longer that person I was. I went by B.J. Now I’m Bruce. That’s how I tell them,” Irvin said.

He credits one man for having saved his life. One guy decided he wanted to save someone. It’s a story similar to Ravens tackle Michael Oher’s, but the movie has already been made and Irvin’s story isn’t likely to be told as sensitively.

“I was homeless, pretty much. He took me under his wing and let me live with him and started training me, sent me to junior college and paid my tuition. It took off from there,” Irvin said of a man named Chad Allen.

Why did he do it?

“I never asked him. I started getting free meals, you know. I didn’t have to struggle no more. Didn’t have to bounce house to house. Honestly, he didn’t ask me for anything. He didn’t ask me for money. He didn’t ask me for nothing. All he asked me was to work hard and just strive to be the best I can be,” Irvin said.

He was talking from the heart now, as he no doubt was when he told the story to scouts and coaches this weekend in personal interviews at the combine.

Someone will draft him. What team will do it? In what round will they do it? Will they regret it?

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