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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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Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.

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Bush made his mark on special teams

Posted Apr 6, 2012

The Packers had their best season on special teams under Coordinator Shawn Slocum in 2011, and re-signing veteran Jarrett Bush was the first step in keeping that momentum going for 2012.

Bush, an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, visited both the Jets and Cardinals last month, but when starting cornerback jobs were not on the table, he decided to return to a role he has come to know and love through six seasons with the Packers.

A special teams leader and valuable reserve for the defensive secondary, Bush talked with packers.com about his return in very simple terms.

“I love what we have here in Green Bay,” he said. “I’m pushing for another ring. It’s in my heart to try to win again.”

It’s impossible for Bush not to like what he’s coming back to on special teams. With Randall Cobb taking over as a returner, the Packers improved from 26th and 22nd in the league on kickoff and punt returns in 2010, respectively, to 12th in both categories last season.

The coverage units also settled in after a rough opening night against New Orleans, and Bush foresees a continued climb up the charts.

“I don’t see why we can’t be one of the top five special teams units in the league,” he said. “We just have to make sure everybody comes back ready to work.

“We’ve got some of the best in the business.”

By that, Bush meant specifically Cobb, kicker Mason Crosby and punter Tim Masthay as the key specialists. As for up-and-coming players, Bush also liked what he saw last year from rookies Brandon Saine, Ryan Taylor and M.D. Jennings on the return and coverage units, while rookie Alex Green and second-year pro Andrew Quarless were also starting to make their mark before going down with knee injuries.

The humble Bush won’t say so about himself, but he’s one of the best in the business, too. The evidence lies in his two brief forays into free agency despite never being a defensive starter.

First, after the 2008 season as a restricted free agent, he received a three-year offer from the Tennessee Titans the Packers matched. Then, as a UFA last month, he made two visits and reportedly generated interest from at least one other team.

A high-energy, fearless player who often absorbs double teams on both punt and kickoff coverage, Bush was voted a special teams captain for the playoffs each of the last two seasons. He’s grateful to receive that kind of respect from his teammates, and he takes it seriously.

“I love the role. I love being the guy who gets to wear the ‘C’ on his chest, showing you represent that squad,” he said. “It makes it exciting. It’s about showing the young guys how it’s supposed to be done correctly. I try to take pride in leading by example.”

Bush has admirably improved in that respect in recent years. Often the object of fans’ scorn earlier in his career for repeated penalties on special teams, Bush has reduced his infractions each of the last three seasons and had just one special teams penalty in 2011.

In fact, dating back to 2010, Bush went 21 consecutive games (including playoffs) without a special teams foul until he was flagged for holding at Kansas City in Week 15 last season.

“I was super-aggressive, which wasn’t a bad thing, but I just needed to be more conscious of where I put my hands and how I was putting my hands on the player,” Bush said. “Once I figured that out, and the technique of it, everything fell into place.”

Bush, who will forever be remembered for his interception of Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XLV, potentially could take on a larger role on defense in 2012, too. In last season’s divisional playoff loss to the Giants, Bush was made the “starting” nickel corner on early downs because of his tackling and run-support skills. As the dime corner in the regular season, he blitzed a fair amount.

Whether either arrangement continues will depend on the development of young corners Sam Shields and Davon House, as well as any other cornerbacks the Packers add during or after the draft.

In any event, Bush has no doubt come a long way. He described the early stages of his career as “making lemonade out of lemons,” after going undrafted in 2006 and then being cut by Carolina before being claimed off waivers by the Packers.

Now, coming back for a seventh season, he calls himself “that little kid still running around, full of energy,” and ready to make the most of yet another go-round in Green Bay.

“Green Bay was the first team to give me an opportunity to show what I can do,” Bush said. “Whatever they see me as, I’ll try to contribute. I’m definitely trying to take a couple steps forward.

“Hopefully, we can keep this thing going and shoot for another ring.”

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