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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 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.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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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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Former Packers radio announcer Jim Irwin dies

Posted Jan 23, 2012


Jim Irwin, a radio voice of the Green Bay Packers for 30 years, died on Sunday at the age of 77.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Irwin died of complications from kidney cancer.

Irwin, pictured at left above, originally joined the Packers radio broadcasts for color commentary in 1969, working alongside Ted Moore and Gary Bender. Then in 1975, Irwin took over play-by-play duties until retiring after the 1998 season. Irwin's color commentators included Lionel Aldridge, Max McGee (above right in photo) and Larry McCarren (center of photo).

“As a broadcaster, I thought he had the unique ability and talent to turn up the intensity, and that just didn’t mean turning up the volume,” McCarren said. “Sometimes, people just holler louder when something big is going on. Jim turned up the intensity. I could hear his big calls spooling up, and it was great stuff.

“To do that without just yelling and screaming, I always admired that, and certainly the listeners did too.”

Irwin and McGee, who died in 2007, worked side by side for 20 years. McCarren, who remains on Packers radio broadcasts today, joined the duo for their final four seasons together from 1995-98.

“I thought Jim and Max got to the point that all of us that do this kind of work would like to get to, and that’s becoming part of the fabric of the game,” McCarren said.

“If anybody wants to identify success in that particular arena, to me it’s that. ‘It’s not a game without Jim and Max.’ They became part of the fabric of the game, as much a part of the game as the coin toss, the kickoff, all that stuff. That’s where Jim and Max were.”

Former Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan also remembered the Irwin-McGee tandem fondly.

"He and Max gave us a real warm broadcast team," Harlan said. "Max had his folksy ways, and Jim truly loved the Green Bay Packers.

"He had to broadcast through some tough times. The '70s and '80s were not very good to the Green Bay Packers. In that 20-year period, we had four winning seasons and two playoff appearances. It wasn't always easy to make us sound exciting, and he did."

In two of Irwin's last three seasons, the Packers went to the Super Bowl, winning the title following the 1996 season. As the Super Bowl XXXI victory over the New England Patriots concluded, Irwin famously said, “The Lombardi Trophy is coming home.”

“I remember the pure joy he had at the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau against Carolina when he could say the Packers are going back to the Super Bowl,” McCarren said. “He was so genuinely happy. That wasn’t just a call. Jim Irwin felt that to the core.”

During his distinguished career, Irwin also worked as a play-by-play announcer for Wisconsin Badgers football and Milwaukee Bucks basketball. He originally came to Green Bay in 1964 as sports director at WLUK-TV.

"He would have weekends where he would do a Badgers football game on Saturday afternoon, be in Milwaukee that night to do a Bucks preseason game, and be back in Green Bay on Sunday to do a Packers game, and he had the same enthusiasm for all three broadcasts," Harlan said. "He was a great, very durable broadcaster."

Irwin was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2003. He was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year 10 times and is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

 
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