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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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Jennings, Nelson could make Packers history

Posted Nov 17, 2011

With all the franchise records the Packers offense is on pace to break this season, don’t let this potential piece of history go unnoticed: Wide receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson each have seven touchdown receptions through nine games, putting them both on track for double digits by season’s end.

Should they both get there, they’d become the first pair of Green Bay teammates with double-digit touchdown catches in the same season.

That’s right, it’s never happened before. In the franchise’s previous 92 seasons, no two Packers have ever caught at least 10 TD passes in the same year.

It’s not that rare a feat leaguewide these days. Over the last four seasons, three teams have done it. Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark pulled it off in both 2007 and 2009. In between, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin did it in 2008.

The closest a Green Bay pair came was in 2004, when Javon Walker had 12 touchdown catches and Donald Driver had nine. Jennings and Nelson aren’t there yet, of course, but needing three touchdowns each with seven games to go, the odds look good.

“If that happens, that would be great for more than one reason,” Nelson said. “It means as a team we’re getting in the end zone. But we’ll worry about that at the end. We just want to continue to do what we’re doing.”

That would be getting open in the red zone for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For all the deserved credit Rodgers gets for using multiple receivers on any given drive – he completed passes to 12 different players in one game this year – he spreads it around just as much at the goal line.

Seven different players have caught touchdown passes this season. In addition to Jennings and Nelson having seven apiece, tight end Jermichael Finley has five and James Jones has four.

It would take some work, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility for three Packers to hit double digits in TD catches this season. The last team to do that was the Colts in 2004 with Wayne, Marvin Harrison and Brandon Stokley.

That was the year Peyton Manning set a then-NFL record with 49 TD passes. Contrast that with 2007, when New England’s Tom Brady set a new mark with 50. Randy Moss caught 23 of them, but no other Patriot had more than eight.

Rodgers is on that type of pace with an approach more like Manning’s, not locking onto a particular target when in scoring range. There isn’t one specific receiver who’s his automatic first read in the red zone.

“He’s just going to allow the coverage to dictate that,” receivers coach Edgar Bennett said. “He’s going to go through his reads, his progressions and continue to do what he’s always done, which is make excellent decisions and make the throws to go along with it.”

Jennings is no stranger to double-digit TD seasons. He had 12 TD catches in 2007 and also last year. Called the “smoothest” receiver he’s ever worked with by Rodgers, Jennings consistently produces despite constant attention from opposing defenses.

“It starts with taking the things you do well and trying to just sharpen those,” Jennings said. “I think a lot of times guys focus on the things they don’t do so well, and try to make those a point of emphasis. You definitely have to enhance those areas, but if you’re great at one thing, continue to sharpen that. Don’t lose that edge.”

Nelson is the newcomer to this level of production, having already surpassed his previous career highs in yards (582) and touchdowns (two) with his 633 yards and seven scores this year.

He showed signs of this breakout with a pair of 100-yard games during the Packers’ six-game run to the title last year, including a career-best nine catches for 140 yards in the Super Bowl. Nelson has emerged as a big-play threat with catches of 83, 94, 50 and 64 yards this season, three of those going for scores.

“He’s having a heck of a year,” Jennings said. “I told him when I was in his position, all the focus was on the guy next to me, Driver, and I took full advantage of it. Now he’s in a position where he’s taking full advantage of it.”

And the receiving corps is in position to make history right along with Rodgers.

“I do know this: We have without a doubt the best guy in the business throwing the football,” Bennett said. “I’m biased, but that’s my humble opinion. I’ve been around this cat for a while. He’s a special player, a unique individual, and I think everyone buys into our system, our scheme, what we’re doing.”

Injury update: Running back Ryan Grant returned to practice on Thursday after he sat out Wednesday due to a cut on his knee that required stitches. He was a full participant.

Also, linebacker Desmond Bishop and guard T.J. Lang both returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s workout for personal reasons. Both have been removed from the injury report.

Additional coverage - Nov. 17

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