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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.


Young coach, young QB is where story begins

Posted Feb 20, 2012

This wasn’t the usual circumstance of a young coach needing a job and finding one with his former mentor. There’s much more to this story.

Mike McCarthy and Alex Van Pelt are linked by a time in their lives that is so meaningful to everything that followed it, that both men’s faces light up at the mere mention of those days. Van Pelt was a young quarterback at Pitt. McCarthy was a young coach trying to get his foot in the door.

“He tells a funny story about saying he knew how to work the computer to get the job, and then asking one of our guys how do you turn this thing on? He’s a self-taught, hard-working guy,” Van Pelt recalled of McCarthy, for whom Van Pelt now works as the Packers’ new running backs coach.

McCarthy got his foot in the door as a volunteer assistant coach. Van Pelt was a redshirt freshman quarterback.

“He was the first quarterback I was able to watch develop from A to Z. When you’re able to see a guy come in at ground zero and develop, it’s no different than putting in a new offense,” McCarthy said.

Therein is the specialness in their relationship. McCarthy was never officially Van Pelt’s quarterbacks coach, but the two worked closely together and they contributed to each other’s growth. Van Pelt went on to break Dan Marino’s records at Pitt. He became McCarthy’s first success story.

It was all kick-started by one memorable Saturday night, in an ESPN prime-time game in which Van Pelt emerged as a college star, a game that so moved McCarthy that going on 23 years later the mere mention of the game causes a rush of emotion.

Heading into the fourth quarter, West Virginia led Pitt, 31-9. Van Pelt had thrown four interceptions. Then, he flipped a switch that turned on a furious rally that was capped by a game-tying field goal on the final, desperate play of the game.

“Paul (Hackett) put it on his shoulders and he marched us right down the field,” McCarthy said.

Van Pelt etched his name in the Pitt record book and authored a memorable Sun Bowl win over Texas A&M. McCarthy rose up the coaching ranks and moved on to Kansas City and into his career as a pro coach.

“He’s someone you always rooted for. He was with us in Kansas City in ’94. I followed his career the whole time,” McCarthy said.

Following a 10-year career as an NFL backup quarterback, Van Pelt began a career as a quarterbacks coach that took him through Buffalo, where he spent nearly all of his career as a player, and to Tampa Bay, where he lost his job when Raheem Morris was fired.

“I started the process when I was in Hawaii (Pro Bowl). I was staying in touch with Alex. It was only natural to bring him in,” McCarthy said.

Former tight ends coach Ben McAdoo had been groomed for the quarterbacks job, so Van Pelt had to be fitted to the staff. As running backs coach, he’ll bring a new perspective to the position. The intent is that runners will acquire a deeper understanding of the passing game.

“I think it’s very important for the coordinator to hire the assistant,” McCarthy said, referring to new Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements. “He thought it was a great idea. Just watching them sit in a room, I knew he was the right guy for the job.”

Van Pelt worked with Packers running back James Starks at the University at Buffalo, where Van Pelt was a “volunteer winter quarterbacks coach” in 2005. Sound familiar?

Much about Van Pelt and McCarthy would appear to be similar. They’re self-made men who’ve succeeded against the odds. With all due respect to Marino’s records Van Pelt broke, he did not do it with anything resembling Marino’s arm strength.

“Work ethic stands out the most,” Van Pelt says of McCarthy from those days at Pitt. “He was just a tireless worker, would do anything that was asked, at any time, at all hours of the night. He was a guy that was always running from meeting to meeting, and drawing and staying up late, burning the midnight oil and grinding. Everybody knows about the infamous puts his helmet on and has receivers block him. They’d come at him full speed and he’d lay into them. He did what he had to do to get the job done, and he always got the job done.”

“He had such a tremendous mind, such a sponge. It was only natural for him to go into coaching. He has that steel-trap mind. Guys that have that tremendous recall, it’s an attribute I look for in people,” McCarthy said.

Maybe it was just a matter of time before the two would be reunited.

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