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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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Mason Crosby follows his worst season with his best season

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Offseason competition pushed Packers kicker toward career year

GREEN BAY—In bouncing back from the worst season of his career to enjoy his best, Packers kicker Mason Crosby didn’t think about the dozen field goals he missed in 2012.

Instead, he thought about the two dozen he made in 2011, the 27 he made in ’08 and ’09, the previous career-high 31 he made as a rookie in ’07 … you get the idea.

“I just sought out all the positive things I could draw from previous years, from the good things that have happened in my career,” Crosby said. “That’s what I went after. Positive motivations, things I could really carry forward. All the negativity, missed kicks, I just erased them from my mind and moved forward.”

The focus and recovery were equally impressive. Just one year after an abysmal field-goal percentage of 63.6 (21 of 33) nearly cost him his job, Crosby posted a career-best 89.2 percent accuracy (33 of 37) in the regular season.

Including two field goals in the playoffs, Crosby ended the season having made 16 in a row (thanks in part to a Steelers penalty in Week 16 that wiped out a blocked kick).

Having restructured his contract prior to the regular season to take a lower base salary with numerous incentives, Crosby was able to earn all the money in his original contract for 2013. He even added another franchise mark to his many records, making the longest outdoor field goal in team history with a 57-yarder at MetLife Stadium in Week 11, one yard shy of his franchise-best-in-any-stadium 58-yarder at the Metrodome in 2011.

That 58-yarder in 2011 was part of a string of 16 straight he made to start that season, which led to a then career-high 85.7 percent for the year (24 of 28). In retrospect, Crosby believes that trying to live up to that in 2012 contributed to his horrific slump.

“I was trying to re-create that season again, and we can’t re-create things,” he said. “You can’t replay a year. You can’t just try to re-create those moments.

“I think that’s what I did a good job of (in 2013). I just started fresh. Here are my goals.”

He began the year in a long offseason competition for his job with former Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. In training camp, a third kicker was briefly added in Zach Ramirez.

Crosby had an awful “Family Night” scrimmage and one other rough practice in camp, but he shook them off and concentrated on each day being a new battle. He ultimately held off the competition, took the restructured contract in a “prove it” year and then entered the season as though every day he was still battling.

“No one was standing next to me, but I made sure when I went out to practice, whenever I was on the field, I was competing,” he said. “Having not necessarily high or low emotions, but being passionate about it and having a little intensity.”

He never let his season get off track, and he resumed the kickoff duties mid-year, too, with his directional and placement skills. He made 10 straight field goals to start the year, but after he missed from 44 yards out at Baltimore in Week 6, he made three more by the end of that day. A 52-yard miss against Cleveland was followed by five straight makes over the next two games.

Even when he missed two straight, from 53 and 42, against Philadelphia in Week 10, they became his last misses until the nullified block in Week 16, and he was voted a playoff captain by his teammates for the third time.

The battle-every-day mentality Crosby adopted and maintained was undoubtedly a factor. It made for a long year, in a manner of speaking, but not in the same manner that 2012 was a long year.

“I think the competition paid dividends,” Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum said. “Mason is an excellent competitor. It’s a testament to his work ethic and his will to compete, and it paid off.”

 
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