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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.


House turned up his game in '09

Posted May 11, 2011

Davon House had heard doubters at every turn.

  • How the top schools weren’t recruiting him because he came from small-time Palmdale, Calif., rather than big-time L.A.

  • How he had a long way to go to match his older brother, who was playing baseball in the minor leagues.

So when New Mexico State defensive backs coach Mike Rutenberg, a member of DeWayne Walker’s coaching staff that came aboard for House’s junior season in 2009, verbally exploded on him and the entire secondary during a training-camp practice, that might have turned into the final push House needed.

“We’re in a tackling drill and I didn’t like the way he tackled, and I just lost it,” Rutenberg said. “I was ripping him and ripping the whole group.

“I challenged him with being physical and being more of an aggressive player, as opposed to being a sit-back, finesse player, and he took that to heart.”

Over House’s final two college seasons, Rutenberg saw that evolution on the field, as House – a 6-0, 195, cornerback whom the Packers drafted in the fourth round late last month – wasn’t the same guy Rutenberg had studied on film prior to arriving with Walker’s staff.

Rutenberg doesn’t want to take too much credit because he sees House as primarily a self-motivated player, and one with his physical gifts was going to improve as he matured regardless. His ball skills came naturally, having spent so much time chasing down fly balls on the diamond with brother Tyreace.

Adding a little hostility to his game, though, became the element on which House focused to give himself a realistic shot at the NFL, and it paid off.

“He does have a natural feel and a really good instinct for the game,” Rutenberg said. “As we challenged him to become a more aggressive-minded player, I do think his ball skills and his pass break-ups went up because he started competing more in that area.”

Indeed, during House’s first season as a full-time starter in 2008, he broke up six passes. Over his final two seasons, he batted away 23, ran back one interception each year for a score, and became a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection.

The aggressive mentality probably helped House play through an ankle injury much of his senior season, too, and play well. Rutenberg said House allowed only two completions longer than 20 yards last season – one to Vincent Brown of San Diego State, who was drafted in the third round by the Chargers, and another to Hawaii “when he got his feet tangled up,” Rutenberg said.

Like any draft choice, House has plenty to learn in order to succeed in the NFL. He’s probably not done getting lectured on his tackling, and as often as he sat in the Aggies’ film room, he’ll be studying even more now.

The opportunity he has in Green Bay, however, won’t be lost on him. With the Packers’ No. 4 or “dime” cornerback spot open to competition, and with that player pegged potentially as the defense’s next nickel corner, House will come prepared to compete.

He was told aggression was his ticket to the NFL and he listened. Whatever he’s told that might get him onto the field in the NFL, he’ll be all ears.

“He was the kind of kid that if he didn’t get something or if you exposed him, he made it a point to improve on that,” Rutenberg said. “He improved in everything we asked him to do. He’s extremely competitive.”

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

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