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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/



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.


Grant sets bar high in breakout game

Posted Dec 11, 2011

With James Starks out injured, Ryan Grant wasn’t going to let this opportunity get away.

He didn’t waste any time on Sunday.

The first time Grant touched the ball against the Raiders, he bolted 47 yards for a touchdown on his way to a 10-carry, 85-yard day that the offense hopes is a sign of things to come for the ground game in the colder weather.

“It was about time,” Grant said of the long run, which was the Packers’ longest of the season. It came technically on Green Bay’s first play from scrimmage in the 46-16 rout, after a defensive offsides penalty wiped out the actual first snap.

“It felt good. Just for the backfield, for the line, the guys were excited. They wanted to run the ball the whole game after that, so that’s a good thing mentally for them.”

It was good mentally for Grant, too, who hadn’t broken off a run that long since Dec. 27, 2009, against Seattle at Lambeau Field. Grant said quarterback Aaron Rodgers checked out of a pass play to give him a handoff to the left. Grant let left guard T.J. Lang clear a defender out of the hole and then made one cut on the second level and was off to the races. The touchdown was his first since the 2009 regular-season finale.

Grant added a 12-yard run on his second carry, and by the middle of the second quarter he found the end zone a second time on a 6-yard burst up the middle on a shotgun draw. The aforementioned ’09 Seattle game was also the last time Grant, who missed all but one game last season due to an ankle injury and has been the second option out of the backfield behind Starks for most of the season, scored twice in one game. He now has five career multi-TD games, including his three-TD performance in the 2007 playoffs.

“It was kind of a day we’ve been waiting for around here, rushing-wise,” Lang said. “Ryan did a great job of setting up blocks and finding open creases and squeezing through and making guys miss. Definitely his best game of the year, and it’s a good time to get the running game going late in the season.”

Grant broke off a 16-yard run in the third quarter to surpass 80 yards, but with rookie Brandon Saine leaving early with a concussion, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he didn’t want to risk an injury to Grant at that point. Fullback John Kuhn took over as the primary ball-carrier the rest of the way and finished with 10 carries for 46 yards.

Had McCarthy not held Grant back, he likely would have topped his season-high of 92 yards, set in Chicago in Week 3. He hadn’t rushed for more than 29 yards in a game since then. Grant also might have gone over 100 yards for the first time since Week 14 of 2009.

Still, the Packers piled up 136 yards on the ground, tying the team’s season-best (at San Diego) and averaging 5.7 yards per rush. Oakland’s running game was talked about much more coming in, but the Raiders had just 117 yards and 4.0 per carry.

“I think it showed today how dangerous we can be if we have a balanced attack, if we’re not just dropping back and throwing the ball 45 times a game,” Lang said. “If we’re able to run the ball and get over 100 yards rushing, it makes us a lot more dangerous. We can open up the playbook a lot that way.”

Grant credited the offensive line with an “awesome” game, and in answering questions from reporters he sounded like the same guy who posted back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons as the featured rusher in 2008-09 – a guy willing to help the team any way he can.

If that means carrying a larger load until Starks gets back, or perhaps seeing his own role increase should his production warrant it, Grant is ready to contribute. He said last Friday that he was feeling as healthy as he’d been in a while, and it looked like it Sunday.

“It’s important to set that bar high,” Grant said. “We’re not content with just winning. We’re not content with just beating teams. We want to win a certain way. There’s a standard for us in how we win games. That’s big and that’s important in taking us where we want to go.”

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