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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/

     

Players

Robert Francois
LB #49
Height:
6-2
Weight:
250
Age:
28
College:
Boston College
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
2
SCK
0.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 36 31 5 0.0 0 3 2 1 -- 1 0 2 0
2013 GB 4 0 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 GB 16 0 13 12 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 GB 11 2 18 15 3 0.0 -- 3 2 1 0.5 1 0 1 --
2010 GB 8 1 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF L 28-34 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 WAS W 38-20 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CIN L 30-34 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
5 DET W 22-9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

  • Settled into a regular role as a core special teams player in 2012, appearing in all 16 games and posting a career-high 13 tackles on the coverage units.
  • Saw the most extended playing time of his career from scrimmage in 2011 when he appeared in 11 games and made two starts as an injury replacement for LB A.J. Hawk.
  • Set new career highs in every major defensive category in 2011, including the first two interceptions of his career over a three-game span in Weeks 12-14.
  • Originally entered the NFL in 2009 as a non-drafted rookie with Minnesota, and also spent time in the ’09 preseason with Detroit.
  • A four-year letterman at Boston College, he played in 52 college games and helped the Eagles win consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division titles.
  • Was a teammate of Packers DT B.J. Raji at Boston College.

 
Pro Highlights:

  • Versatile backup linebacker and special teams performer who played in a career-high 16 games in 2012. Appeared exclusively on the coverage units and finished the season ranked second on the club with a career-best 13 coverage tackles.
  • Spent the entire season on the active roster for the first time in 2011 and saw the most extensive playing time of his career late in the year. Played in 11 games with two starts, tallying 21 tackles (15 solo), two interceptions, three passes defensed and a forced fumble as an injury replacement for LB A.J. Hawk (calf).
  • Spent two different stints on the active roster and three on the practice squad in 2010, appearing in the final five regular-season contests and all four postseason games for the club.
  • Saw time in a total of eight games in what was his first participating season, mostly on special teams, but also played some inside and outside linebacker, with one start.
  • First came to Green Bay in 2009, spending the final four weeks of the season plus the playoffs on the practice squad. Originally entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with Minnesota and spent parts of the ’09 preseason with both the Vikings and Detroit Lions.

 
2012 SEASON
: Played in a career-high 16 games (plus both playoff contests), appearing exclusively on special teams…Placed second on the club with a career-high 13 special teams tackles on the coverage units, one of four players on the team to finish with double digits in that respect…Part of a punt coverage team that ranked No. 5 in the NFL in opponent punt return average (7.5) and No. 3 in the league in punt return yards allowed (179)…At Indianapolis (Oct. 7): Helped lead the special teams, notching a tackle in punt coverage as part of a unit that limited Indianapolis to just two returns for 13 yards (6.5 avg.) on seven kicks…Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 28): Recorded a tackle on kickoff coverage. Was also part of the punt return/rush unit that blocked P Bryan Anger’s second-quarter attempt, allowing LB Dezman Moses to recover the ball in the end zone. On the play, rushed off the left edge, teaming with LB Jamari Lattimore to occupy blockers and freeing up CB Davon House to streak into the backfield to make the block. Marked the Packers’ first punt block since the 2003 season and the first they had returned for a TD since 1990…At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Had one tackle as a member of the kickoff team, his 13th of the season. Also downed P Tim Masthay’s second-quarter punt at the Vikings’ 11-yard line, Masthay’s franchise-record-tying (since 1976) 30th of the season to have landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

2011: A member of the active roster for the entire season, the versatile LB saw the most playing time of his career and responded with career highs in every major statistical category…Appeared in 11 games, and made two starts at the “Buck” LB position after regular starter Hawk suffered a calf injury in the first half of the team’s Week 12 game at Detroit (Nov. 24)…Filled in admirably for Hawk, posting all of his 21 tackles (15 solo), two interceptions, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in the ensuing two-plus games…Also added four special teams tackles during the season…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Saw his most extended playing time of the season to that point, coming on in relief of an injured Hawk in the second quarter and playing the entire second half. Was the last man standing after fellow reserve LB D.J. Smith had already replaced an injured Desmond Bishop, who suffered a calf injury of his own. Finished the game with four tackles (three solo) and made an outstanding play to record his first career INT in the third quarter. On the play, QB Matthew Stafford tried to lead TE Brandon Pettigrew with a throw over Francois’ head, but the LB adjusted and made a leaping INT at the Green Bay 34-yard line. The Packers’ offense would score a TD on the first play of the ensuing possession on a 65-yard TD pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR James Jones that extended the lead to 21-0...At N.Y. Giants (Dec. 4): Started his second career game and first of 2011 as both Bishop and Hawk were inactive with calf injuries. Finished with five tackles (four solo, one for loss) and a pass defensed…Vs. Oakland (Dec. 11): Made his second consecutive start in the absence of Hawk and tied for the team lead with 12 tackles (eight solo), also causing two turnover plays with his second INT in three games and his first career forced fumble that was returned for a TD. Made the INT just before halftime when he covered TE Kevin Boss deep on a post pattern, leaping to intercept the high throw from QB Carson Palmer in the end zone and downing it for a touchback. Forced fumble came on Oakland’s second possession of the third quarter, after Palmer had completed a short throw over the middle to FB Marcel Reece. Francois came up to tackle the ball-carrier, punching the ball out with his left hand. The ball traveled several yards backwards before being picked up by LB Erik Walden, who returned it 5 yards for a TD to extend the Packers’ lead to 43-7.

2010: Went back and forth between the practice squad and active roster throughout the season, ultimately playing in eight games with one start…Was waived in the final roster reduction at the end of training camp on Sept. 4 and signed to the practice squad the next day…Was released from the practice squad on Sept. 15, then re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 23…Was signed to the active roster on Oct. 13 after S Derrick Martin was placed on injured reserve…Was waived on Nov. 9, re-signed to the practice squad on Nov. 15, and signed again to the active roster on Dec. 1 for the remainder of the season after LB Brandon Chillar went on IR...Contributed mostly on special teams, recording three tackles, and also played both inside and outside linebacker, making two stops from scrimmage…In the postseason, added three more special teams tackles plus three tackles on defense in relief of an injured Walden in the NFC Championship…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Started at ROLB due to injuries to Frank Zombo (knee) and Walden (quad), though Walden was active. Recorded two assisted tackles and provided pressure with three QB hits…At Philadelphia (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 9): Had one special teams tackle…At Atlanta (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Had two special teams tackles…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Saw extended playing time on defense in the second half for Walden (ankle) and had three tackles (two solo).

2009: Entered training camp with Minnesota and appeared in one preseason game, recording one solo tackle, before being waived on Aug. 18…Claimed off waivers by Detroit the next day, and appeared in one preseason contest with the Lions before being waived on Sept. 1…Signed by the Packers to the practice squad on Dec. 8 and re-signed following the season to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 11, 2010…2009 Draft: Signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings on May 1.

COLLEGE: A four-year letterman at Boston College, he appeared in 52 games over the course of his career, totaling 201 tackles and helping the program to back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division titles in his final two years…Earned his degree in communications…Senior season (2008): Started the final eight games and placed third on the team with a career-high 82 tackles (47 solo), including nine for loss, two sacks and an INT he returned for a TD...Earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying nine tackles, two sacks and the INT return for a TD vs. Maryland (Nov. 29)…Junior season (2007): Played in 13 games and finished with 37 tackles, two tackles for loss and a half-sack…Sophomore season (2006): Appeared in all 13 of the team’s games, starting seven and registering 52 tackles (29 solo), 3½ for loss, and tying for the team lead with three fumble recoveries…Redshirt freshman season (2005): Appeared in 12 games and posted 28 tackles and a fumble recovery.

PERSONAL: Given name Robert Joseph Francois...Last name is pronounced fran-SWAH…Born in Houston…Single…Was a college teammate of DT B.J. Raji and former Packers DB Will Blackmon…High school: Initially prepped at Ross Sterling High in Baytown, Texas, outside of Houston, before transferring to Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., for his final three years…Lettered all four years in football between the two schools, appearing at WR, TE and S, earning Governor’s Team MVP honor as a senior in 2003…Also was named to the All-New England team as a senior and was a two-time All-Independent League first-team selection…Earned three letters in basketball and two in track…Participated in the 100-, 200-, 4x100-, and 4x400-meter events, and won the New England Class C title in each of the events his senior year…Community involvement: Volunteered during the summers while in college, serving as a mentor to inner-city teens in Boston…Hobbies/interests: Enjoys playing video games, watching movies and watching television, listing Game of Thrones and Vice as his favorite shows…Has traveled to the Bahamas and Mexico in recent offseasons and spent the spring of 2013 living in Miami…Has a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Ruby...Has recently developed an interest in fishing and range shooting...Names Jerry Rice and former Boston College and NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski as his favorite athletes…Residence: Highlands, Texas.

  • Settled into a regular role as a core special teams player in 2012, appearing in all 16 games and posting a career-high 13 tackles on the coverage units.
  • Saw the most extended playing time of his career from scrimmage in 2011 when he appeared in 11 games and made two starts as an injury replacement for LB A.J. Hawk.
  • Set new career highs in every major defensive category in 2011, including the first two interceptions of his career over a three-game span in Weeks 12-14.
  • Originally entered the NFL in 2009 as a non-drafted rookie with Minnesota, and also spent time in the ’09 preseason with Detroit.
  • A four-year letterman at Boston College, he played in 52 college games and helped the Eagles win consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division titles.
  • Was a teammate of Packers DT B.J. Raji at Boston College.

 
Pro Highlights:

  • Versatile backup linebacker and special teams performer who played in a career-high 16 games in 2012. Appeared exclusively on the coverage units and finished the season ranked second on the club with a career-best 13 coverage tackles.
  • Spent the entire season on the active roster for the first time in 2011 and saw the most extensive playing time of his career late in the year. Played in 11 games with two starts, tallying 21 tackles (15 solo), two interceptions, three passes defensed and a forced fumble as an injury replacement for LB A.J. Hawk (calf).
  • Spent two different stints on the active roster and three on the practice squad in 2010, appearing in the final five regular-season contests and all four postseason games for the club.
  • Saw time in a total of eight games in what was his first participating season, mostly on special teams, but also played some inside and outside linebacker, with one start.
  • First came to Green Bay in 2009, spending the final four weeks of the season plus the playoffs on the practice squad. Originally entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with Minnesota and spent parts of the ’09 preseason with both the Vikings and Detroit Lions.

 
2012 SEASON
: Played in a career-high 16 games (plus both playoff contests), appearing exclusively on special teams…Placed second on the club with a career-high 13 special teams tackles on the coverage units, one of four players on the team to finish with double digits in that respect…Part of a punt coverage team that ranked No. 5 in the NFL in opponent punt return average (7.5) and No. 3 in the league in punt return yards allowed (179)…At Indianapolis (Oct. 7): Helped lead the special teams, notching a tackle in punt coverage as part of a unit that limited Indianapolis to just two returns for 13 yards (6.5 avg.) on seven kicks…Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 28): Recorded a tackle on kickoff coverage. Was also part of the punt return/rush unit that blocked P Bryan Anger’s second-quarter attempt, allowing LB Dezman Moses to recover the ball in the end zone. On the play, rushed off the left edge, teaming with LB Jamari Lattimore to occupy blockers and freeing up CB Davon House to streak into the backfield to make the block. Marked the Packers’ first punt block since the 2003 season and the first they had returned for a TD since 1990…At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Had one tackle as a member of the kickoff team, his 13th of the season. Also downed P Tim Masthay’s second-quarter punt at the Vikings’ 11-yard line, Masthay’s franchise-record-tying (since 1976) 30th of the season to have landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

2011: A member of the active roster for the entire season, the versatile LB saw the most playing time of his career and responded with career highs in every major statistical category…Appeared in 11 games, and made two starts at the “Buck” LB position after regular starter Hawk suffered a calf injury in the first half of the team’s Week 12 game at Detroit (Nov. 24)…Filled in admirably for Hawk, posting all of his 21 tackles (15 solo), two interceptions, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in the ensuing two-plus games…Also added four special teams tackles during the season…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Saw his most extended playing time of the season to that point, coming on in relief of an injured Hawk in the second quarter and playing the entire second half. Was the last man standing after fellow reserve LB D.J. Smith had already replaced an injured Desmond Bishop, who suffered a calf injury of his own. Finished the game with four tackles (three solo) and made an outstanding play to record his first career INT in the third quarter. On the play, QB Matthew Stafford tried to lead TE Brandon Pettigrew with a throw over Francois’ head, but the LB adjusted and made a leaping INT at the Green Bay 34-yard line. The Packers’ offense would score a TD on the first play of the ensuing possession on a 65-yard TD pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR James Jones that extended the lead to 21-0...At N.Y. Giants (Dec. 4): Started his second career game and first of 2011 as both Bishop and Hawk were inactive with calf injuries. Finished with five tackles (four solo, one for loss) and a pass defensed…Vs. Oakland (Dec. 11): Made his second consecutive start in the absence of Hawk and tied for the team lead with 12 tackles (eight solo), also causing two turnover plays with his second INT in three games and his first career forced fumble that was returned for a TD. Made the INT just before halftime when he covered TE Kevin Boss deep on a post pattern, leaping to intercept the high throw from QB Carson Palmer in the end zone and downing it for a touchback. Forced fumble came on Oakland’s second possession of the third quarter, after Palmer had completed a short throw over the middle to FB Marcel Reece. Francois came up to tackle the ball-carrier, punching the ball out with his left hand. The ball traveled several yards backwards before being picked up by LB Erik Walden, who returned it 5 yards for a TD to extend the Packers’ lead to 43-7.

2010: Went back and forth between the practice squad and active roster throughout the season, ultimately playing in eight games with one start…Was waived in the final roster reduction at the end of training camp on Sept. 4 and signed to the practice squad the next day…Was released from the practice squad on Sept. 15, then re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 23…Was signed to the active roster on Oct. 13 after S Derrick Martin was placed on injured reserve…Was waived on Nov. 9, re-signed to the practice squad on Nov. 15, and signed again to the active roster on Dec. 1 for the remainder of the season after LB Brandon Chillar went on IR...Contributed mostly on special teams, recording three tackles, and also played both inside and outside linebacker, making two stops from scrimmage…In the postseason, added three more special teams tackles plus three tackles on defense in relief of an injured Walden in the NFC Championship…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Started at ROLB due to injuries to Frank Zombo (knee) and Walden (quad), though Walden was active. Recorded two assisted tackles and provided pressure with three QB hits…At Philadelphia (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 9): Had one special teams tackle…At Atlanta (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Had two special teams tackles…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Saw extended playing time on defense in the second half for Walden (ankle) and had three tackles (two solo).

2009: Entered training camp with Minnesota and appeared in one preseason game, recording one solo tackle, before being waived on Aug. 18…Claimed off waivers by Detroit the next day, and appeared in one preseason contest with the Lions before being waived on Sept. 1…Signed by the Packers to the practice squad on Dec. 8 and re-signed following the season to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 11, 2010…2009 Draft: Signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings on May 1.

COLLEGE: A four-year letterman at Boston College, he appeared in 52 games over the course of his career, totaling 201 tackles and helping the program to back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division titles in his final two years…Earned his degree in communications…Senior season (2008): Started the final eight games and placed third on the team with a career-high 82 tackles (47 solo), including nine for loss, two sacks and an INT he returned for a TD...Earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying nine tackles, two sacks and the INT return for a TD vs. Maryland (Nov. 29)…Junior season (2007): Played in 13 games and finished with 37 tackles, two tackles for loss and a half-sack…Sophomore season (2006): Appeared in all 13 of the team’s games, starting seven and registering 52 tackles (29 solo), 3½ for loss, and tying for the team lead with three fumble recoveries…Redshirt freshman season (2005): Appeared in 12 games and posted 28 tackles and a fumble recovery.

PERSONAL: Given name Robert Joseph Francois...Last name is pronounced fran-SWAH…Born in Houston…Single…Was a college teammate of DT B.J. Raji and former Packers DB Will Blackmon…High school: Initially prepped at Ross Sterling High in Baytown, Texas, outside of Houston, before transferring to Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., for his final three years…Lettered all four years in football between the two schools, appearing at WR, TE and S, earning Governor’s Team MVP honor as a senior in 2003…Also was named to the All-New England team as a senior and was a two-time All-Independent League first-team selection…Earned three letters in basketball and two in track…Participated in the 100-, 200-, 4x100-, and 4x400-meter events, and won the New England Class C title in each of the events his senior year…Community involvement: Volunteered during the summers while in college, serving as a mentor to inner-city teens in Boston…Hobbies/interests: Enjoys playing video games, watching movies and watching television, listing Game of Thrones and Vice as his favorite shows…Has traveled to the Bahamas and Mexico in recent offseasons and spent the spring of 2013 living in Miami…Has a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Ruby...Has recently developed an interest in fishing and range shooting...Names Jerry Rice and former Boston College and NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski as his favorite athletes…Residence: Highlands, Texas.

 

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