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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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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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It's official: Ring is on their finger

Posted Jun 16, 2011

The champs and the championship returned to Green Bay on Thursday night, in a gala celebration that put a quarter pound of glittering jewelry on the fingers of a team Charles Woodson challenged to play with one heartbeat, and then turned in a heart-throbbing performance to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, and claim the 13th NFL title in Packers history.

“We had accomplished a great deal. It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t finish it off,” Woodson said in the glow of Thursday’s celebration and ring ceremony, as the Packers finally received their reward for a season in which they overcame more adversity than any team in the league.

How adverse were the circumstances the Packers faced?

Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers confessed to doubt for the team’s prospects, as injuries mounted. Those injuries, of course, included a late-season concussion that resulted in a loss in Detroit that led to consecutive defeats and cast the Packers’ playoff hopes in deep doubt.

“I was worried. It was in doubt for me. I just trusted these guys and the guys pulling the trigger up top,” Rodgers said.

His teammates put their trust in Rodgers and he delivered the strongest performance of any quarterback in the postseason. Rodgers got hot and stayed hot right through his third-down-conversion pass that all but clinched the win over the Steelers.

What was the difference, Rodgers was asked?

“The kind of men we brought in; it started with our head coach,” Rodgers said, referring to Coach Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy punctuated the evening’s ceremonies by coming to the podium wearing a cowboy hat, symbolic of the cowboy hats the players wore to last summer’s kickoff luncheon. It was a prediction of sorts, as the players attempted to send a message that the team’s goal was to play in Super Bowl XLV in North Texas.

The best years of Rodgers’ career, of course, are in front of him. Two Packers, Woodson and wide receiver Donald Driver, are long-time veterans whose sterling careers were crowned by the Super Bowl win.

“This is the pinnacle, of course. I feel like it’s my rightful place in history to be a Super Bowl champion,” Woodson said.

Driver, an ultra-popular player who would enter his 13th NFL season in 2011, was ebullient in receiving his Super Bowl ring.

“It can’t get any better than this. I was amazed. It was more than I expected. This is what me and Wood dreamed up,” Driver said, referring to the ring. “I haven’t reached my final milestones, yet.

“I want to play until I’m 40,” Driver added.

It was a spectacular 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown in week 13 against San Francisco that gives reason to believe Driver, 36, might be able to play until 40. He ran through the 49ers secondary in what might be the highlight moment of his career.

“That play was a pivot point for my career. Mark Murphy said it seems you have something to prove. I did. He said it was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen. That’s probably the best run and catch of my career,” Driver said.

A seventh-round pick in 1999, Driver knew veritably nothing about the team that drafted him.

“I got off the plane in shorts and a tank top. It was 31 degrees. I didn’t even know where Wisconsin was,” Driver said.

He does now, and all of Wisconsin knows who he is.

Young defensive back Tramon Williams was a postseason star and was on hand Thursday night to share in the celebration. It was Williams’ interception and subsequent touchdown return that was the deciding blow in the Packers’ divisional-round win in Atlanta.

“I knew what they were going to be doing. Just make a play on it and trust what I saw. It’s a play they ran in the red zone all the time. I recognized the situation. Dom (Capers) did a great job calling the defense so I could be aggressive,” Williams said of the play.

All of the heroics led to a ring the Packers and Jostens co-designed with the intent of incorporating all of Packers history into its beauty.

“It’s historic. Forty-five rings later it’s still the Packers. It’s a ring like none other,” Jostens President and CEO Tim Larson said. “What I love about it is it’s modern, yet, it’s traditional.

“When you look at the top of that ring, it’s brilliant and it’s a story. All of these rings are handcrafted.”

Packers play-by-play announcer Wayne Larrivee was the toastmaster for the event. He passed the event on to Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, who passed it on to General Manager Ted Thompson, who gave way to Head Coach Mike McCarthy, who was relaxed and enthusiastic in addressing his players for the first time since the week his team won the Super Bowl.

“Super Bowl XLV is our time,” McCarthy was captured saying in a video entitled, “The Super Season.”

The evening included a video that explained the manufacture of the ring. It was followed by the table-by-table presentation of the rings.

“It’s a beautiful ring. They couldn’t have made it any more spectacular. It’s the most incredible ring I’ve seen,” Woodson said. “We’re going to start preparing for two.”

 

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