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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/



Ricky Zeller

Ricky Zeller is a contributing writer for packers.com. He has covered the NFL for several publications.


Bishop has arrived in Packers defense

Posted Sep 3, 2011

Something curious occurred to Desmond Bishop before he walked out of the locker room after the final day of training camp practices. He wasn’t reflecting on how only a year ago his role was primarily that of an ace special teams players and reserve inside linebacker. Those are necessary and appreciated duties on every team, though Bishop has graduated from that being his job description.

It wasn’t only that he had now hung skins on the wall after starting 12 games in 2010, proving himself by ranking second on the team with a career-high 121 tackles and recording three sacks. Bishop also had his first career interception, which he returned 32 yards for a touchdown vs. Minnesota.

It was that maybe a fraction of the edginess that had burned so brightly while he toiled as a backup has vanished since he received a battlefield promotion to the starting lineup last year.

“I think this is the first training camp that I didn’t get into a fight,” Bishop said quietly.

It doesn’t mean that the 240-pound Bishop doesn’t still patrol the second level of the defense with a fiery spirit. Long one of the defense’s most rugged hitters, Bishop’s hard-charging style of play hasn’t been altered. It’s just that the 27-year-old has now grown in stature and maturity, and that at least in practice the aggressiveness is now on simmer.

“Last year, I went from young guy to established veteran in a few games,” Bishop said. “I think in past years I had a lot to prove and I did whatever it took to show what I could do, in practice and in games.”

Bishop was a key performer for the Packers before 2010. The sixth-round pick in ’07 had recorded more special teams stops than any player since Bishop arrived in Green Bay, and he was also used in extra linebacker sets and had seen action in both the middle and on the weak-side during his career.

When Nick Barnett suffered a season-ending wrist injury vs. Detroit, Oct. 3, Bishop was elevated to the starting lineup and emerged as one of the defense’s mainstays. In the first game, he opened in the absence of Barnett and in only the second start of his career, Bishop responded by notching 13 tackles, a sack, three quarterback hits and by breaking up a pass against Washington.

He had five more double-digit-tackle games, and Bishop’s 10 pass-defenses were the most by a Green Bay linebacker since John Anderson had 15 in 1981. After his 12 games as a starter and the performances he strung together in the postseason – a combined 30 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in four contests – Bishop has been cast in a new light.

The transformation in stature over the last year for the linebacker has been remarkable.

“I think I’m in a position now where I’m being watched by other players, so I want to be professional on all levels,” Bishop said. “Definitely compared to the past I’m more of a leader. Last year, I got a feel for that, and now I’ve tried to grow into it even more.”

Bishop, who had nine tackles and a fumble recovery in Super Bowl XLV, routinely sends the sound of his shoulder pads crunching against a ball-carrier echoing off stadium walls. With his reckless gift for filling holes in a hurry, he may be the defense’s most sudden hitter. There were memorable collisions last year against Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Dallas running back Felix Jones, and he drilled Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery near the conclusion of a banner day for the defense in a 9-0 shutout.

Coolness in practice hasn’t changed his style. Assistant Head Coach/Inside Linebackers Winston Moss preaches consistency in approach and character. For Bishop, forceful, aggressive tackling is part of the foundation of his play.

“Winston tells all of us, ‘Just go be you,’ on the field,” said Bishop. “That’s what I do.”

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