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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.


Packers bite on Cobb in run on skill guys

Posted Apr 29, 2011

As the second round of the draft wound down Friday night, the offensive skill players started disappearing from the board.

The Packers remained patient, then added to that run at the “glamour spots” by taking Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb, who brings kick-return ability along with his pass-catching skills.

In a seven-pick stretch leading up to Green Bay’s spot at No. 64 overall, five running backs or receivers were selected after just two went off the board in the first 23 picks of the night. The board was deep enough at those skill positions, though, and Cobb is the kind of multi-purpose athlete the Packers were happy to take.

“We’re just fortunate,” receivers coach Edgar Bennett said. “You talk about a player of his caliber, a guy who can kind of help you in a number of different ways, the way he’ll be able to contribute. We were fortunate to have a guy like that still around when we were ready to pick.”

Cobb played both quarterback and receiver at Kentucky before settling in as a full-time receiver in his third season, which turned out to be his last as he entered the draft a year early.

In his final year, he caught 84 passes for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver. He also added production as a runner (sometimes out of the “Wildcat”) and return man to give him 2,396 all-purpose yards, a Southeastern Conference single-season record.

“We love his versatility,” Bennett said. “He certainly has the ability to run after the catch. We always talk about ‘YAC,’ and that’s one of his strong suits. He stays on his feet, has tremendous balance and makes the most of his opportunities.”

Cobb averaged 9.8 yards per punt return, 24.6 yards per kickoff return and 11.5 yards per reception last season. Most impressive was how much Kentucky ran its offense through him, as his 6.5 receptions per game led the SEC and he threw for three touchdowns in limited attempts at quarterback.

He also has worked as a holder on place-kicks, a job former Kentucky teammate Tim Masthay currently handles for the Packers.

“I can’t wait to get hold of Tim so I can mess with him about that,” Cobb said. “I’m going to try to take his spot.”

Bennett was impressed with Cobb’s durability for how often he touched the ball, and he talked about his experience as a quarterback helping him learn a pro offense, an even bigger plus depending on how long the labor situation drags out.

Even Cobb admitted he’s still working to reach his potential. As much as the position-switching he did in college helped his team, he’s just begun truly focusing on being a wideout.

“I’ve only been playing receiver for two years, so I can still work on my route-running, just polishing it up and getting better at that as much as I can,” he said.

Young players are often able to contribute in the return game right away, and without a true breakaway threat in that area the past couple of years, the Packers will certainly look at what Cobb has to offer there. The ‘Wildcat’ would be a new wrinkle to the offense, too, but Bennett wasn’t going to speak for Head Coach Mike McCarthy in that area.

Neither was Cobb.

“If they’re interested, I’m definitely down to do it,” he said. “They’re going to make the best decision for the team, and if they don’t think it should be part of the game plan, then we won’t have to worry about it.”

Most important to Bennett is Cobb’s “high character,” which he mentioned several times.

“We’re certainly excited to have a guy of those qualities,” Bennett said. “Talking about putting him in our (receivers’) room with guys we already have in place, he fits what we look for.

“He can play and that’s the bottom line. You always want to get an opportunity to coach a guy that’s driven, a guy that has passion, a guy that loves football and a guy that has tremendous work ethic. It always starts with their attitude.”

That’s something about which Cobb remained positive, even as he watched all those other running backs and receivers getting picked ahead of him.

“I had to wait a long time, but it’s great knowing I’m coming to Green Bay,” Cobb said. “God works in mysterious ways, puts us in position to succeed. I was fortunate to still be on the board when Green Bay was picking.”


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