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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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Bears could lose Brian Urlacher in free agency

Posted Mar 9, 2013

Lots of linebackers available this year

Leading up to the official start of free agency on March 12, packers.com will examine the league’s unrestricted free agents, position by position. In the sixth installment, we look at the linebackers.

GREEN BAY—Imagine Ray Nitschke having been available in free agency. Chicago Bears fans are dealing with the possibility Brian Urlacher may not be back in Chicago, where the new regime has been noncommittal about the face of that team’s defense for the past 13 years. Urlacher tried to play through a knee injury last year but was eventually shut down late in the season.

Should Urlacher reach free agency and not retire, he’ll be one of a half-dozen headliners at linebacker, though his age and injury history make him the biggest question mark, and likely the biggest risk, of the bunch.

Houston has indicated it considers Connor Barwin a core player but has yet to re-sign him. Barwin had 11½ sacks for the Texans two years ago. Oakland’s Philip Wheeler, coming off a career year after four so-so seasons in Indianapolis, was a possible franchise-tag candidate, but the Raiders chose not to tag him. San Diego’s Shaun Phillips isn’t expected to return to the Chargers, for whom he’s played his entire career, and he’s coming off a nine-sack season.

The other names at the top of the list both belong to Super Bowl-champion Baltimore. The Ravens have a few days left to decide whether they’re bringing back Dannell Ellerbe and/or Paul Kruger. Reports indicate Ellerbe is the more likely one to be re-signed, with Kruger hitting the market, where his career-high 8½ sacks in 2012 will start the bidding rather high. He wouldn’t be the first reigning Super Bowl champ to take his ring and cash in big elsewhere.

Interestingly, the Ravens aren’t the only team with decisions pending on multiple linebackers eligible for free agency. Almost the entire NFC North is in that boat, beginning with the Bears, who in addition to Urlacher also have a decision to make on Nick Roach. The Vikings are pondering Erin Henderson and Jasper Brinkley, the Packers are doing the same with Brad Jones and Erik Walden. The Lions re-signed DeAndre Levy this past week but could lose Justin Durant.

Outside the division, Cincinnati may not keep either former second-round pick Rey Maualuga or Manny Lawson, and the Giants have already cut Michael Boley while reportedly working on re-signing Chase Blackburn.

The Redskins have a potential up-and-comer in Robert Jackson, who filled in well (4½ sacks) for the injured Brian Orakpo, but whom Washington may not let go.

Arizona was Quentin Groves’ third team in five years, but he’s coming off his best season, and Ernie Sims could be playing for his fifth team in five years with Dallas not expected to bring him back.

Linebackers with obvious red flags would include Cincinnati’s Thomas Howard, coming off a torn ACL, Jacksonville’s Daryl Smith, who missed a major portion of 2012 with a groin injury, and Seattle’s LeRoy Hill, who was arrested in a domestic incident shortly after the season ended.

Teams looking for a potential special-teams bell cow and capable backup might pursue Washington’s Lorenzo Alexander, Cleveland’s Kaluka Maiava or Cincinnati’s Dan Skuta. Alexander was a special-teams captain and Pro Bowler.

Every position has its list of longtime veterans who may try to stick around just a bit longer, and the list at linebacker is probably the longest. All these players have been in the league at least 10 years but may not be done just yet – Buffalo’s Nick Barnett, Denver’s Keith Brooking, Pittsburgh’s Larry Foote, St. Louis’ Mario Haggan, San Francisco’s Clark Haggans, Houston’s Bradie James, Arizona’s Paris Lenon, the New York Jets’ Calvin Pace and Bart Scott, San Diego’s Takeo Spikes and Tennessee’s Will Witherspoon.

(Update: Shortly after this story was initially posted, Pittsburgh released veteran James Harrison.)

Worth noting in that group in terms of production in 2012: Barnett, the former Packer, had 100-plus tackles again last year for the eighth time in his 10 seasons; Foote set a career high in tackles and tied his career best with four sacks; Lenon recorded 100-plus tackles for the fourth time in the last six years; and Pace had a streak of five straight years with at least 4½ sacks snapped when he had three sacks. The other Jet, Scott, is coming off surgery on his toe and won’t be healthy until later in the spring, at the earliest.

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