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    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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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?

Additional coverage - Feb. 26
 
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