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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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Green expects to be ready for camp

Posted Apr 20, 2012

A month into his rookie season, Alex Green – to use his words – was on “cloud nine.”

After overcoming a minor Achilles injury early on, Green was starting to find a role on offense for the 2011 Packers. He got three carries as a backup running back in Week 4 against Denver. Then he caught a pass the following week at Atlanta to convert a key third down.

The third-round draft pick appeared to be settling in as a regular contributor on Green Bay’s record-setting offense, until cloud nine suddenly became ground zero.

Green’s season was abruptly halted in the first quarter of the Week 7 game at Minnesota. He wrecked his knee while blocking on a kickoff return, and instead of preparing for third-down blitz pick-ups and swing passes, Green was suddenly staring at surgery and an arduous rehab.

“I had just got my feet wet, like I put my toes in the water and now I’m leaving the pool and I never really got to swim,” Green told packers.com in an interview this week. “It was an opportunity and I couldn’t really seize it because I wasn’t there. We’ll see what happens this coming year.”

Green’s excitement for the coming year is due in part to the notable progress with his rehab. He began straight-line running for the first time this week, and soon he plans to add cones, cutting and all the rest.

He hasn’t been told if he’ll be able to take any snaps when OTAs begin next month, but he expects to be ready for training camp come late July. He said his reps might still be limited at first this summer, but, hopefully, not for long.

“My personal goal is to go now. I want to go right now; I want to play,” Green said with a knowing smile, aware there’s a reason players don’t make these kinds of decisions. “But realistically, by camp I think I should be pretty good.

“I’m past the hard part, which is getting the full range of motion back and building strength. I’m over the hump, but I’ve still got a ways to go.”

The biggest hurdle for Green, as it often is for any player dealing with a season-ending injury, was the mental one. He talked with friends and teammates about how to handle it.

Fellow rookie running back Ryan Williams, whom Green had gotten to know at the combine and during the pre-draft process, had torn his ACL when Arizona played at Lambeau Field in the preseason. He shared with Green what he was going through. Packers teammate Morgan Burnett, who had recovered from his rookie ACL tear, provided some advice, as well.

The messages were all pretty much the same, but Green admitted he needed to hear them multiple times, because he was struggling with the situation early on.

“The hardest part is staying mentally focused and staying mentally grounded,” he said. “I had to keep motivating myself and not get too down. Having a positive mindset was a hard thing for me at first, because (the injury) was a constant reminder – you’re hurt, this is what you do for a living, and you can’t do it.”

It helped that Green waited a few weeks after the injury to have surgery. The doctors advised him to do some pre-surgery work to build range of motion and strength, and that helped him ditch the crutches within two weeks after the operation.

Since then, rehab has been his full-time job, and other than heading home to Portland for a couple of weeks, he’s been a regular in the lower level of Lambeau Field.

Once healthy, Green’s focus will turn to what he can do for the Packers in 2012. The running back situation remains in flux, with the known returnees being James Starks, Green and Brandon Saine, who had 18 carries and 10 receptions last season after being signed from the practice squad following Green’s injury. Veteran Ryan Grant remains an unrestricted free agent and may or may not be back, with the draft and rookie free agency likely to produce additional competition at the position, as well.

Where Green fits this season may not be known for some time. On offense, he might back up Starks and/or handle third downs. On special teams, he could be an option alongside Randall Cobb to return kickoffs (Green worked as a kick returner during training camp and the preseason last year), or he could resume other duties on the return and coverage units that he was learning on the fly as a rookie.

The way Green sees it, there’s plenty of time for his role to evolve. Having never dealt with an injury worse than a shoulder strain in his career until now, Green has had to focus so intently on the last six months that his job description six months from now is a lesser concern.

“All this definitely brought me down from cloud nine to reality,” he said. “You’re in this business, and when you’re hurt you realize at any given moment it can be done.

“Whatever I can do to help the team win, that’s what I’m all for. Whatever they’ve got for me – third-down running back, starting, special teams – whatever it is, I’m ready to take on the challenge of anything they throw my way.”

 
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