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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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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Young safeties get long look in OTAs

Posted Jun 7, 2012

If OTAs are truly a “learning phase,” as Head Coach Mike McCarthy likes to say, no position on the Packers roster is learning more than safety right now.

With Nick Collins gone and Charlie Peprah recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, the Packers have worked through three weeks of OTAs with primarily Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings as the top safety tandem, and rookie Jerron McMillian and Anthony Levine as the second pair.

The total number of NFL starts for that quartet is 20, and they all belong to Burnett, who is entering his third year and resisting any attempts to label him the “old” veteran of the group.

“Levine is actually older than me,” Burnett said with a smile. Almost 22 months older, in fact.

All kidding aside, it’s a group that’s as young as it gets. Jennings made the team as an undrafted rookie last year but played almost exclusively on special teams. McMillian (No. 22, pictured, alongside No. 42 Burnett) was selected in the fourth-round of this year’s draft, and Levine has previously been on the practice squad. The other two safeties on the roster, Sean Richardson and newly acquired Micah Pellerin, are undrafted rookies.

OTAs were made for position groups like this, for players who need to study and learn before the pads come on. As the Packers look to replace Collins and upgrade a pass defense that allowed a record number of yards last year, getting this young group prepared now to compete for roster spots in training camp could pay off nicely down the road.

“We know we’re all young and we just have to communicate out there and help each other out,” said Burnett, whose position on the roster and in the defensive huddle is the most secure. “At the same time, with us getting a lot of reps like that, it helps us understand the defense a little better, understand the checks.”

Working mostly with the first unit, Jennings has received a lot of attention. He added some weight to his listed 187-pound frame in the offseason, and he’s taking advantage of all this on-field time he didn’t have last year due to the lockout.

He said it’s “like night and day,” comparing how he feels now to last year, especially mentally.

“I think I’ve picked up on a lot of the little things in the defense, which are probably the most important things,” he said. “All the formation adjustments and things like that. I just have to keep fighting, go out there every day, put good things on film and lay it all on the line.”

Levine was doing just that last year when his promising training camp was cut short by a concussion. He’s likely to be a factor again this summer, as will McMillian, who was drafted only one round later than Burnett was two years ago.

How the position will sort itself out is impossible to predict. There remains speculation that veteran cornerback Charles Woodson could move to safety, but Woodson hasn’t practiced during the voluntary OTAs. McCarthy reiterated on Tuesday that Woodson will continue to play “multiple positions” on defense, as he has done in the past.

And then there’s Peprah, who suggested to reporters he’s been unfairly scapegoated from the outside for the secondary’s failures a year ago. Right or wrong, that’s probably because he was smack in the middle of the Giants’ two biggest offensive plays in the NFC divisional playoff loss, the 66-yard catch-and-run for a TD and the 37-yard “Hail Mary” on the final play of the first half, both by receiver Hakeem Nicks.

“I don’t feel like I did any worse than anybody else back there but, for whatever reason, the point of view is all the bad plays were on me,” said Peprah, who was second on the team with five interceptions in the regular season and candidly admitted he was inconsistent in 2011.

“You can ask my coaches, they’ll tell you I did my job most of the time. But that’s the nature of the job, though. Sometimes you’re back there and it looks like you’re at fault. That’s the nature of the business.”

Peprah, who said he expects to be healthy and ready for training camp, won’t be giving up his starting job without a fight.

“You want to prove people wrong, you want to rise to the occasion,” he said. “The main thing is self-improvement. I don’t go out there to purposely put down my doubters or whatever, but really I just want to improve on myself. That’s my goal.”

That’s been the goal of all the young safeties throughout the offseason, which concludes with next week’s three-day minicamp.

Their growth will continue, and so will their youth. How much they benefited from this “learning phase” will reveal itself in due time.

“When you communicate and understand the plays, you build that trust from your teammates,” said Burnett, who speaks from experience, having started as a rookie in 2010. “Every time you step out onto that field, you have to be accountable. No matter if you’re a rookie or a 12-year vet, you have to be accountable to the other 10 guys out there.”

 
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