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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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Guy will get fresh start with Packers

Posted May 26, 2011

Whether or not Lawrence Guy is truly ready for the NFL isn’t clear.

What isn’t in question is the NFL potential he possesses, which he has shown for quite some time.

“I can remember situations, especially early in his career, where it was like, ‘Wow, look at that. If this guy continues to grow, he could be a first-round draft choice,’” said Craig Bray, Guy’s defensive coordinator at Arizona State. Bray would know, having coached Green Bay’s 2003 first-round pick, Nick Barnett, at Oregon State.

“But the continuation of growth was the key.”

Guy will have to do some of that growing on the job in the pros after entering the draft following his junior year and being selected in the seventh round by the Packers.

Barring injury, another year in college probably would have helped him develop, but to read between the lines of some of Bray’s comments, injury may have been exactly what he feared.

Guy burst onto the scene as a true freshman at Arizona State in 2008, moving from defensive end to tackle early on and landing a starting job. Incredibly agile at 6-4, 304, Guy recorded 6 ½ sacks among 17 tackles for loss over his first two seasons, notable totals for an interior defender.

The production dried up last year, though. Guy’s 14 solo tackles were the lowest total of his career. He had just 1 ½ sacks and six tackles for loss, yet, he decided to turn pro a year early anyway. Some draftniks rated him a mid-round prospect, but he lasted until the 233rd overall pick, the Packers’ last of this draft.

“He was our best inside guy, and most inside guys get doubled all the time anyway, but he got doubled more,” Bray said. “There was a lot more chop-blocking and cutting going on with him, a lot of things that took away from his production and he was frustrated with that, too.

“I think that was one of the things that motivated him to get out earlier. He felt he was getting picked on, you know.”

It’s hard to blame opposing offenses for taking any measures necessary to slow Guy down. Termed by Packers GM Ted Thompson “a big guy who can really run,” Guy is blessed with standout speed and athleticism for his size, making him an intriguing prospect as a defensive end or inside nickel rusher in Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme.

“I don’t think a 40 time does it justice,” Bray said. “There were times in his career with us, he was unbelievable how he could run and run people down. When he gets that motor running, he’s impressive.

“The thing he needs to be able to do is to become a more creative pass-rusher and be violent at the line of scrimmage.”

Bray wondered whether some of that violence turned to caution amidst all of the double-teams and cut-blocks, because earlier in his career Guy was “just flat attacking” and getting separation from blockers.

That will be watched closely as he transitions to the NFL, though missing mini-camps and OTAs due to the labor situation makes his challenge tougher. Having overcome attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia to succeed in college, Guy could benefit from the preparation spring normally provides for rookies. Spring, however, is quickly passing.

“He does need time, but he learned football pretty dog-gone well,” Bray said. “He was very assignment-sound through his career, very rarely made assignment mistakes. We’re not a very complex defense like they have in the NFL, but he does do a good job.”

It was a job that seemed to come a lot easier for Guy when he was more of an unknown quantity. As a late-round pick, he’ll have to make a name for himself all over again.

“I think if he can get back to the things he did early in his career and growing from the experience he’ll get early in camp, he’ll have a chance,” Bray said. “He’s gotta draw on everything he’s got because, obviously, as a seventh-round draft choice, you’re just another guy. You have to make an impression very early and continue to build on that impression. I’m hoping for real good things for him.”

For more feature stories on the 2011 draft class, click here.

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