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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    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.

    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 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.

     

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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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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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