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  • 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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • 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 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • 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.

  • Sun., Jul. 27, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.

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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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Perry learned from the best

Posted Jun 20, 2011

Darren Perry never got anything but the best of coaching. He’s committed to passing on what he’s learned to the players he now coaches.

Perry’s route as a player took him from Joe Paterno to Bill Cowher. While playing for those two head coaches, Perry played for defensive coordinators Jerry Sandusky, Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau. They are some of the most prominent names in football. Capers and LeBeau alone represent the two most dynamic names in defensive football over the past two decades.

“I’ve been blessed. I think back on my career. Bill was a defensive coach. You had Bill and Dom and Dick involved in that defense,” Perry said.

As coach of the Packers’ safeties, Perry is passing on what he learned to players such as Nick Collins, Charlie Peprah and Morgan Burnett. To say Perry’s safeties turned in starring performances in the Packers’ Super Bowl win over the Steelers, the team for which Perry starred as a player, would be an understatement.

“Dom, the biggest thing is attention to detail, organization and structure. He’s going to leave no stone unturned,” Perry said of what he learned from Capers. As the Packers’ defensive coordinator, Capers brought Perry to Green Bay to join the team’s defensive staff.

“Dick, more position specifics: how to play the game, what to look for, the toughness he played with and demanded from his players. If you were a 4.6 guy, he wanted you to give him a 4.6 all the time,” Perry said.

Perry was a 4.6 guy coming out of Penn State, which is to say he was considered to be a step slow for the pro game. It caused him not to be picked until the eighth round of the 1992 draft.

In no time, however, Perry was in the starting lineup at free safety, playing next to Carnell Lake and Rod Woodson on a Steelers defense that would go on to “Blitzburgh” fame. How did Perry overcome his lack of speed?

“Being a student of the game, understanding angles and preparing. It allows you to play faster,” he said.

All of those ingredients, of course, are the things of which good coaches are made.

“I was told I’d be a good coach but didn’t know I wanted to be in that field. Even when I told my wife I was going to take the job, I still wasn’t sold on it,” he said.

He gave it a try, and then he was convinced.

“The connections you make with the players, getting inside an offensive coordinator’s mind; I got sucked back in,” Perry said with a smile.

On this day in the fourth month of the lockout, Perry was watching tape of the New Orleans Saints, preparing for a home opener everybody hopes will not be delayed by the work stoppage. His main concern is for this year’s rookies. He knows how important his rookie season was to his career.

“When rookies come into the league, it’s so important that their coaches teach them the game because that’s what they are going to hang onto,” he said.

Perry had good teachers. Now it’s his turn to teach and the results are suggesting that Perry made the right career decision.

“It’s going to fall into place. Everybody has goals. Everybody has aspirations of being a defensive coordinator and moving up the ladder. Those opportunities will come,” he said.

There’s no denying his pedigree.

 
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