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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Mike McCarthy makes 'big letters' promise about defense

Posted May 10, 2014

Packers draft class is reason to feel better

GREEN BAY—The Packers’ draft class motivated the team’s head coach, Mike McCarthy, to utter words on Saturday that’ll warm the hearts of Packers fans everywhere.

“We’re going to be a better defense this year. You can write that in big letters. We’ll be a better defense this year,” McCarthy said in his draft-ending address to the media.

You might remember McCarthy used similar language last spring to predict his team’s running game would be improved in 2013. Improved would be an understatement.

You weren’t sure how you felt about the draft class General Manager Ted Thompson assembled over the past three days? How do you feel now?

“If the perception is we relieved a need, that’s fine, but that’s not how we build our team,” Thompson said in his draft-ending press conference.

Somewhere between fan perception and Thompson’s rigid adherence to drafting the best available player lies the truth. Whatever that truth is, here are the undeniable facts:

  • When the draft began on Thursday, the Packers were perceived to have distinct needs at safety, center, linebacker, tight end and wide receiver. When the draft concluded on Saturday, all of those needs had been addressed, one of them three times.


The Packers have a better roster today than they did when the draft began because Thompson was able to address need without sacrificing quality. As much as fans will complain that Thompson reached for Khyri Thornton and Richard Rodgers in the third round, it should also be noted that Thompson selected Carl Bradford, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis later than they were projected to be picked.

Three wide receivers?

“We saw it as a very deep (WR) class. We try to go toward quality. It’s definitely how the board worked out,” Thompson said.

The key pick, of course, is the Packers’ first pick, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He’s the highest-rated player in this class and he addresses what was perceived to be the Packers’ greatest need.

“We felt very good about Ha Ha. That sounds funny to say it. We feel fairly certain Ha Ha will be able to contribute,” Thompson said.

Here’s another bold statement: Packers safeties won’t go another season without an interception. You can also write that in big letters.

Feel better?

The Packers drafted another pass rusher, Bradford, a player draft analyst Tony Pauline described as playing as though his hair is on fire.

Feel better?

The Packers drafted an honest-to-goodness center, not a former guard or tackle or tight end. Fifth-round pick Corey Linsley was an All-Big Ten center at Ohio State.

“It’s good to finally draft one that’s played the position before. It’ll be good to have a natural center,” McCarthy said.

Feel better?

Third-round pick Richard Rodgers is a developmental tight end. Maybe we shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel better just yet.

Focus on the big picture. The Packers are a better football team as a result of what happened the last three days.

“Absolutely. There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t feel better about their team today than they did on Wednesday. There will definitely be a shot in the arm when these guys get here. It’s all about getting better,” McCarthy said.

Go ahead, feel better.

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