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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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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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Driver wants to remain with Packers

Posted Jan 16, 2012


Donald Driver says he has prepared himself for the possibility that his future as a member of the Packers is not in his hands and that he might be taking his pass-catching talents elsewhere in 2012.

Speaking with reporters on Monday morning, barely 14 hours after the Packers’ season ended with a divisional-round playoff loss to the Giants, Driver said he has no plans to retire and that he wants to finish his career in Green Bay.

In the same breath, however, he knows that a 13-year veteran in a deep receiving corps that includes two promising practice-squad players has no guarantees, not with the Packers’ track record of maintaining a young roster.

“You don’t want to leave,” Driver said, still managing his trademark smile. “I’ve spent my whole career here, but like I said, I don’t make any decisions. If they decide not to bring me back, then I’m OK with that. I feel like I’ve done everything here in Green Bay.”

Everything includes catching more passes for more yards than any receiver in team history. The lists he tops feature Don Hutson, James Lofton, Sterling Sharpe and Antonio Freeman, to name a few. He won a Super Bowl and, on Sunday, he became the franchise’s all-time leader in postseason receptions.

Driver will turn 37 on Feb. 2 and maintains that he wants to play until he’s 40, and he didn’t specify how many years he thinks he has left but just said “plenty.” He even joked about making it to 45 because “this year, I didn’t get myself beat up a lot,” unlike last year, when a quad injury robbed him of a chunk of the regular season and then a broken ankle knocked him out of the Super Bowl.

Driver finished 2011 with 37 catches for 445 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season, bringing his career totals to 735 receptions for 10,060 yards and 59 scores. With three catches for 45 yards and a TD against the Giants, he boosted his career postseason numbers to 49 catches for 675 yards and three TDs.

The postseason loss is especially difficult for Driver to accept following a 15-1 regular season, but he said his age and time in the league don’t make it any more difficult than the other six playoff defeats he’s experienced.

“I think it makes it tough regardless of the situation, regardless of how many years you have in,” he said. “It’s just hard getting here. I’ve played a long time, I’ve been to a lot of playoffs and only one Super Bowl. That tells you right there.”

His future with the team is in doubt because, with Driver the fourth most-productive wide receiver on the roster this season, rookie Randall Cobb is right on his heels and primed for a larger role next season. Also, undrafted rookie receivers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel spent the entire season on the practice squad, and both turned down offers to join the active rosters of other teams late in the season to stay in Green Bay.

There’s nothing guaranteed to them, either, but it’s a given they’ll return in training camp with a fire similar to Driver’s as a 1999 seventh-round draft pick who earned a roster spot through sheer will and determination.

“I just want an opportunity to play,” Gurley said. “I have to work hard and continue to develop, and learn the very meticulous details of the game.”

Driver, of all players, can appreciate that approach and those thoughts. As a veteran leader, he’s tried to instill those in every receiver on the team, and he’s still got them himself.

“I’m not ready to hang the cleats up,” he said. “My wife feels like I’ve still got it, I feel like I’ve still got it, and if my family feels that way, then I’m going to continue to play.

“It’s up to the organization to make that decision. I hope they keep me. If not, I had a great career here. I love them, and that will never change.”

On the mend: Rookie offensive lineman and first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod was in the locker room on Monday on crutches and spoke with reporters for the first time since breaking his lower leg on Dec. 18 in Kansas City. Sherrod underwent surgery in Kansas City the night of the game, and though he isn't putting a timetable on his return, he said he's been told by the doctors that he will be able to play next season.

"I'm working hard at my recovery," he said. "I know I'm going to be back pretty healthy for next season, so I'm pretty excited about that."

Additional coverage - Jan. 16
 
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