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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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Eddie Lacy ready to hit ground running in 2014

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Cautious second-guessing of rookie season no longer slowing him down

GREEN BAY—Last season will be remembered as the year running back Eddie Lacy charged into the NFL and took the league by storm on his way to Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl nod.

But it’s easy to forget it didn’t start out that way, and not just because Lacy fumbled in his first regular-season game and was sidelined by a concussion on the first carry of his second.

Looking back now, Lacy freely admits he didn’t play right away with the aggressive, take-no-prisoners approach that came to define his game down the stretch in 2013.

“In the beginning, I definitely second-guessed myself a lot,” Lacy said following the spring’s final minicamp practice. “I wanted to be as close to perfect as possible. I didn’t want to mess up. I didn’t want to fumble the ball like I did in the first game. I didn’t want to be the person that the guy I’m supposed to block is hitting the quarterback. I never wanted to be that guy, so I was overly cautious.

“As the season went along, things slowed down for me. It got a little bit simpler, and I was able to play to my natural ability at that point.”

Interestingly, Lacy was the one who emphasized those last three words. He’s at a different point now, and he knows it. He’s no longer a rookie, no longer cautious, no longer worried about being perfect.

If that translates into an even better Lacy in his second season, the Packers offense will only be better for it. His 1,178 regular-season rushing yards were the most by a Green Bay back since Ryan Grant’s 1,253 in 2009 and broke John Brockington’s franchise rookie rushing record that had stood for 42 years.

The stats aren’t what drive Lacy, though. He’s driven by being a guy “my team can depend on when necessary,” only now that he’s in his second season, it’s not a burden that slows him down mentally. He says he no longer has to ask anyone, whether it be the quarterback or his coach, if he’s doing the right thing on the field.

“I’m definitely more focused, but I’m also more relaxed,” he said. “I’m not tensed. I’m not trying to be too fast or too slow. If I make a mistake, I’m not killing myself over it.

“You don’t have to pretend like you’re the best person on the field. You just have to go out and take care of your job. We’re all human, you’re going to make a mistake, but it’s how you respond to that mistake.”

Lacy’s track record there is already pretty good. After that fumble in the season opener in San Francisco, he didn’t fumble again the rest of the season, a stretch of 300 carries and 36 pass receptions through the playoff game.

At one point late in the season, the Lambeau Field faithful could be heard chanting “Ed-die! Ed-die!” – a gesture the soft-spoken Louisiana native described as “definitely cool,” as well as energizing to both him and the team.

It all makes for a tough encore in year two, on top of the fact defensive coordinators now have a full season of film to study and prepare game plans for Lacy.

Opponents did that last year, though, after quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. Yet, Lacy still racked up 646 yards on 148 carries from the time Rodgers left after the first series against the Bears in Week 9 until the QB returned for the Week 17 rematch in Chicago.

Lacy’s 4.36-yards-per-carry average in Rodgers’ absence actually topped his 4.1 mark for the entire season, which speaks to the mindset he talked about developing as the year went on.

In 2014, he’ll have that, along with Rodgers on the field at the same time.

“I know it’s going to be a lot tougher than last season, but we have the greatest quarterback in the NFL, and with him back there, it’s not like they’re going to be able to stack the box and focus on me. They have to play him, because if not, he’s just going to kill them through the air.

“I still think I have a bit of breathing room, I guess you could say.”

Whether that breathing room means more yards, more awards and more records is to be determined. But don’t ask Lacy about that. It isn’t his concern. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed about him since last year.

“There’s no such thing as good enough,” Lacy said. “As long as my play is helping the team in a positive way, that’s all I really care about.”

 

 
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