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  • 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.

  • 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.


Soon it will be Harrell's time to grow

Posted Jan 17, 2012

In a few months, Graham Harrell will get his long-awaited chance to become a “student” in Mike McCarthy’s quarterback school.

Through no fault of his own, Harrell hasn’t had that opportunity in his two seasons with the Packers. He was originally signed late in May of 2010, after QB school was mostly done and the offseason program had moved on to OTAs. Then last year, there was no offseason program at all due to the lockout.

So while Harrell, who has spent most of his two years on the practice squad, has shown enough promise to earn stints on the active roster at the end of each season, this offseason will be a major opportunity to grow.

“That will be a big step in his development,” said Quarterbacks Coach Tom Clements, who runs the QB school here that McCarthy originally devised in the 1990s in Kansas City and took with him to New Orleans and Green Bay. “That’s a big time of year for quarterbacks, especially young quarterbacks, because you can study the offense and dissect it from square one.

“Once you have a broad foundation within the offense, you can understand how things fit together, and when you have to make adjustments or changes, it’s easier to understand why.”

Quarterback school combines both the intensive study of the offense with a refinement of fundamentals using QB-specific drills. Its track record in Green Bay speaks for itself.

Upon McCarthy’s arrival here in 2006, Aaron Rodgers went through QB school three consecutive springs before taking over as the starter, and Rodgers has now won a Super Bowl and probably a league MVP award.

Matt Flynn got two years of the comprehensive training (2009-10) before last year’s lockout, and with two impressive NFL starts on his resume, he’s a candidate to get a lucrative contract in free agency to compete for a starting job elsewhere in 2012.

“They’re getting a smart guy, a competitive guy and a talented guy, if that happens,” Clements said of Flynn’s potential future team. “I understand the situation Matt is in. I told him selfishly I’d like to see him back here, but he has to do what he has to do. I know he wants to play, other than be a backup. I’m sure if opportunities arise, he’ll pursue them. He’s an excellent player.”

Which brings this back to Harrell, who will have a chance through QB school, training camp and the preseason to become Rodgers’ top backup, if Flynn does leave. The Packers almost certainly will bring in another quarterback or two to compete, as well.

“This offseason is all about learning and developing,” said Harrell, who is “absolutely” looking forward to his first QB school. “That’s how any offseason is. I need to continue to improve and hopefully I can do that. If you do that, the rest will take care of itself.”

Thus far, Clements said Harrell has made the biggest strides with his drop-back mechanics. As a record-setting passer in Texas Tech’s spread offense, Harrell operated almost exclusively out of the shotgun and has had to learn better how to work from under center.

Quarterback school should help perfect that and teach much more to a player Clements says simply has “a knack for the passing game.”

“He’s the type of guy, if you just stand around and watch him throw or play catch, he might not jump out at you, but when he gets in drills, he knows where to go with the ball, the ball gets there, and it’s usually to the right guy,” Clements said. “That’s his strong suit, and hopefully he will continue to develop that and become more familiar with our offense.”

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