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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.


Time flies, and Bennett's still having fun

Posted Mar 23, 2012

Just the mention of the nice, round number – 20 years – brings raised eyebrows of disbelief to Edgar Bennett’s face.

“Wow, … wow,” he said. “Time flies.”

Indeed it does. Even the most ardent Green Bay followers might be taken aback to learn that next month will mark 20 years since the Packers drafted Bennett, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State.

But what makes the passage of time in this case somewhat hard to fathom is the same thing that has made it so special. Other than two seasons during which he ended his playing career in Chicago, Bennett has been with the Packers all along.

He’s employed in his fourth “job” with the organization, so to speak. The nearly two-decade run as a running back, director of player development, running backs coach and now wide receivers coach has seen him earn two Super Bowl rings, get inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and coach a handful of record-setting players, among several other indelible memories.

“I’ve certainly been blessed and fortunate to be a part of all this,” Bennett said. “One thing you try to take from it is you try to enjoy the moment, because you never really know how long it’s going to last. I hope I’m not done yet.”

Bennett candidly confesses he never envisioned when he was drafted 20 years ago that he’d continue to walk the halls of Lambeau Field today. Back then, the Florida native was more concerned about adjusting to life in Wisconsin, but fortunately he had former high school and Florida State teammate LeRoy Butler here to help with the transition.

Five seasons later, Bennett was a Super Bowl champion with the seventh-most rushing yards in the storied history of the franchise. He already had a significant place in Packers history.

“You sensed the importance of football here right away,” said Bennett, who’s now 10th on the team’s all-time rushing list. “Transitioning into an elite team and being a part of what that meant was truly unique.”

Bennett began his playing career with one overriding goal, to prove himself and make the most of every opportunity, and he has carried that mentality with him each step of the way.

When he left as a free agent for Chicago – which he admitted was difficult – after missing the entire 1997 season due to injury, he wanted to prove he could still play. When former coach Mike Sherman reached out to bring him back to Green Bay as director of player development in 2001, he wanted to “provide something to help the cause,” and that evolved into a position on the coaching staff with the help of a valuable mentor in then-running backs coach Sylvester Croom.

After retiring as a player, Bennett was grateful for the chance to stay around the game, and to regain the camaraderie and competitive outlet that can be so hard for professional athletes to replace.

He’s equally grateful to Head Coach Mike McCarthy for keeping him on the coaching staff in 2006, and for trusting him with the position switch to wide receivers last year.

“I have to thank Coach Mike for giving me that opportunity to continue to grow, and to also give me a chance to prove myself once again,” Bennett said. “I want to continue to learn. My ambitions are to continue to do more, and one day, be more.”

Without mentioning it specifically, Bennett knows that next step will be to rise to the level of offensive coordinator. There’s no telling whether that chance will come with the Packers at some point, or if it will eventually require another difficult departure from Green Bay.

Either way, Bennett isn’t concerned about that now, and he’ll have plenty of fond years with the Packers to look back upon no matter what the future holds. For now, he’s enjoying every day he’s here as much as he did 20 years ago, no matter how hard that nice, round number is to grasp.

“What I’ve learned over these 20 years is I’m in a great situation with a great organization,” he said. “I love coming to work every day and being part of this tradition and history. I want to continue to be a part of this, to be part of something special and unique. I enjoy where I work. There’s nothing like it.”

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