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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • 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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On exit day, Packers receivers consider future

Posted Jan 13, 2013

Players pack up and leave following playoff loss in San Francisco


GREEN BAY—It’s a group that has always referred to itself as that, a group. It has played a lot of football games, gained a ton of yards and scored a bunch of touchdowns, together.

But the odds are the offseason could result in change.

The Green Bay Packers’ wide receiving corps that has served as Aaron Rodgers’ primary targets since he took over as the starting quarterback in 2008 – Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jordy Nelson, with Randall Cobb added in the past two years – might have played its last game together on Saturday night in San Francisco.

Driver was inactive for four of the final seven games in his 14th season. Jennings is a pending free agent who said his agent has had no talks with the Packers about a new contract.

As the Packers packed up their lockers at midday Sunday in Green Bay, fresh off only a few hours’ sleep after returning from the West Coast at 4:30 a.m., the Packers’ receivers considered the future.

“It sunk in to me halfway during the season,” said Jones, who arrived as a 2007 draft choice, one year after Jennings and one year before Nelson. “We all understand that it’s a business, and we all understand that everybody in this locker room is trying to win Super Bowls, but everybody in this locker room is trying to take care of their family as well.

“Football is our job and football is how we do it, and we understand we have four or five No. 1 receivers who want money at some time, so we know it’s going to be hard for this organization to pay everybody what they want. It’s part of the business, because I wish we could stay together for the rest of our career, go on a run and win some Super Bowls, but things happen.”

Driver, the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, said he will contemplate retirement, but he’ll also listen to any teams who might have interest in him.

After a season he admitted was “difficult,” “tough,” and “frustrating” – being inactive so often down the stretch and not having a catch since Week 11 – Driver was never a distraction in the locker room. He wasn’t committing to anything for the future, though he did mention his long-standing goal of playing until he’s 40. He will turn 38 in three weeks.

“I haven’t officially made a decision on what I’m going to do,” he said. “I said I’m going to go home, sit down with the wife and kids, and make a decision from there.

“I don’t know exactly what’s all going to lay out, but it’s going to be a tough decision regardless of what I do.”

Driver added that he has no regrets about coming back to play another season after winning “Dancing With The Stars” last spring, and he did appreciate being active again on Saturday night, even if it was for only a few special-teams snaps.

“It meant everything,” he said. “I’ve worn that uniform for a long time. It was truly a blessing to be wearing the green and gold.”

Meanwhile, Jennings dealt with his own frustrations in a contract year, missing half the season due to an abdominal injury that eventually required surgery.

He returned from the long layoff in Week 13, and as the season wound down he started to look like the Jennings of old, making tacklers miss and turning short and intermediate passes into big plays. His eight catches for 120 yards and two TDs in the Metrodome in Week 17 was his best game since the middle of the 2011 season, when he first started dealing with injuries.

Jennings summed up the season for this team in one word – “unsuccessful” – but from a personal stance, he feels he’s back to being the receiver who recorded three straight 1,100-yard-plus seasons (2008-10) and has caught at least nine TD passes four times in his seven-year career.

“Yeah, yeah. I’m pretty convinced about that,” Jennings said. “I hope that I get an opportunity to play football next year, which is pretty likely, so I’m excited to train and prepare for the 2013 season.”

The first to join Driver, in 2006, as this receiving group began taking shape, Jennings enjoyed the camaraderie that developed as much as anyone.

“Great guys,” he said. “I’ll definitely be in touch with these guys throughout my career. That’s the one thing that you take away from it. Everything else falls to the wayside a bit, which is unfortunate, but you build relationships, long-lasting relationships, and you establish something for after football.”

Most disappointing to this group is that the legacy it established in Green Bay included just one Super Bowl title. Since then, a collective 75 TD receptions (including playoffs) for the quintet over the past two years and an NFC-best 26 regular-season wins in that time preceded two divisional round postseason exits.

“We didn’t finish, man. We didn’t finish,” said Jones, who led the team this season with 14 TD catches, adding a 15th in San Francisco. “That’s the bottom line. We didn’t finish. We had a chance to do something great, to get back to the Super Bowl, and we didn’t finish our season strong.

“Gotta start all over. That’s the (rotten) part. We’ve got to start all over from scratch, OTAs, training camp, all that. We have to start all over and take the journey again.”

Additional coverage - Jan. 13


 
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