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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.

     

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What careers will be launched this week?

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Draft prospects poised to begin their rise at the Senior Bowl

MOBILE, AL—Careers will be launched beginning on Monday.

It was this week a year ago that Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher came seemingly out of nowhere to begin his move up draft boards, all the way to the first pick of the NFL draft. E.J. Manuel went from what some thought would be a third-round selection to the 16th overall pick. Ziggy Ansah capped a great week of practice with the Senior Bowl MVP Award and would be picked fifth overall by the Detroit Lions.

How important is the Senior Bowl in the evaluation of NFL draft talent? All 32 teams in the league selected at least one player that participated in last year’s Senior Bowl.

Whose stock will rise this week?

Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage, formerly with the Cleveland Browns, prominently mentioned Louisville outside linebacker Marcus Smith, 6-3, 252, the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year. Savage spoke of Nevada’s Joel Bitonio, 6-4, 315, a player with the versatility to play tackle or guard. Want a sleeper? Savage likes Miami’s Seantrel Henderson, a 6-8, 345, offensive tackle whose college career didn’t match his hype coming out of high school, until midway through last season.

“I think he’ll be a riser,” Savage said.

Over-achiever? How about Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, 6-0, 285, the ACC defensive player of the year and who swept the Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik trophies. Savage mentioned Donald prominently when asked to evaluate the defensive talent in this year’s draft class.

“We’ve got some really talented defensive tackles,” Savage said. Ra’Shede Hageman, 6-6, 311, of Minnesota “is a giant,” Savage said.

The Packers could use some help at outside linebacker and safety, and Alabama’s Adrian Hubbard, 6-6, 252, and Northern Illinois’ Jimmie Ward, 5-11, 192, are headliners in this game.

“I feel like I can go in the box. I love to tackle. I can even go to corner,” said Ward, a safety who sent his high school tape to every Division I program in American without creating interest. Following a star career in the Mid-American Conference, Ward is headed for a career in the NFL.

Hubbard comes with a pedigree from the biggest of the big programs, Alabama, where Hubbard played all of the linebacker positions but would seem destined to be a pass-rush type in a 3-4.

“These are the best of the best,” Savage bragged. “We emphasize practice; it’s really important.”

Fisher, Manuel and Ansah were all stars in last year’s practices. Before the game was even played, all three had significantly raised their draft stock. Manuel came out of nowhere to push Geno Smith down the draft; Smith elected not to play in the Senior Bowl.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, brother of former first overall pick David Carr, is trying to do what Manuel did a year ago. The headline quarterback names in this year’s draft, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel, are underclassmen.

“That’s above my pay grade,” Carr said on Sunday. “I want to show I can play under center,” he added. Carr played in a shotgun in college.

“Hopefully, one of these 32 teams falls in love. I’ll compete against anybody.”

The competition begins on Monday. Somebody will fall in love.

 
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