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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/

     

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Ricky Zeller

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

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Change came quickly for Shields

Posted Sep 22, 2011

The spark of recognition came suddenly for Sam Shields. It was a single play in a scrimmage that is, perhaps, memorable to very few, and in an instant he felt transformed into a defensive back rather than just a jumble of speed and talent trying to figure out where to go.

It was at the 2010 “Family Night” scrimmage. Shields was still an unknown quantity, an undrafted rookie from the University of Miami just trying to make the team. He was a raw prospect, and he had also shown some promise in offseason drills as a kick-returner. In the scrimmage, the cornerback stepped in front of a pass by quarterback Matt Flynn and raced 97 yards for a touchdown.

It was all unofficial, basically just a play in a glorified practice, but Shields did a high strut for the last few yards into the end zone while nearly 50,000 fans that night at Lambeau Field cheered. For the first time since being moved to cornerback before his senior season at Miami, after playing wide receiver for his entire football career, Shields immediately felt like someone with true cover skills.

“That was the first time I thought I could play the position,” he said. “That’s when I knew I was finally getting used to it. I had an interception and I got to run with the ball. I knew then I could play cornerback. I had never been comfortable before.”

Shields hadn’t touched a ball in what felt like real action since as a junior with the Hurricanes in 2008, when he had 11 receptions for 124 yards as a wide receiver but spent the majority of the season as a gunner on special teams. He was switched to cornerback prior to his senior season, and it all happened by chance. During drills when the coaching staff decided to have wide receivers and defensive backs switch assignments one afternoon, Shields looked like a natural on defense.

“We were just playing around and the coaches watched it on film and one of them told me, ‘You are a defensive back,’” Shields said. “I started off unsure. I kept telling them I’d never played the position.”

Miami secondary coach Wes McGriff stayed on Shields, who called his high school coach and others for advice before making the switch. Shields, the fastest player at Miami, defected to the defense a few days later, but the transition wasn’t seamless. It was also less than a month before the season started.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “I didn’t know how to backpedal. I kept working at it, every day after practice, running backwards. It was tough. Basically I was just out there, running around.”

While starting 10 of 12 games as a senior and notching 41 tackles, Shields was good enough to catch the eye of NFL scouts based on his potential, and though he had several offers after going undrafted, his agent steered him toward Green Bay.  

Shields came under the tutelage of position coach Joe Whitt Jr. and a veteran group of teammates, including Pro Bowl cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams. All took to Shields and his confident play, but not to his mistakes, whether by inexperience or not.

“They were tough on me and I was trying to figure out what I was doing. I was scared I was going to mess up and I couldn’t play fast at first,” Shields said. “I was thrown right in the fire. Each game, though, I got a little better. Joe, Charles and Tramon were on me, and they expected a lot from me.”

Against Philadelphia in the 2010 opener, Shields started his first NFL game at nickel cornerback, teaming with safety Morgan Burnett to become the first rookie duo at defensive back to open a season for the Packers since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. He played in 14 games with six starts, missing two contests with a calf injury, and recorded 27 tackles, two interceptions and nine passes-defensed.

In the postseason, Shields added 13 stops with two interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble and five passes-defensed.

He made his first interception a leaping, one-handed catch against Dallas, but his best performance of the season came at Chicago, in the NFC Championship, when he had a pair of interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble. His second pick, with 37 seconds remaining, clinched the victory.

In his second season, Shields is now an established member of the club’s secondary. With Williams sidelined last week at Carolina with an injured shoulder, Shields started at right cornerback.

His tackling against the Panthers was not as physical as it had been in the past. Shields continues to be a work in progress in year three of his transition from wide receiver to defensive back. Whitt said before the season that his young cornerback’s eagerness to learn and ability to put the lessons from the classroom to the field are among Shields’ greatest virtues.

For the second-year veteran, the journey from swapping sides of the ball at the end of a practice one afternoon at Miami to starting for the Packers at cornerback has been a rapid transition.

“It’s a crazy story,” Shields said. “It’s worked out though.”

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