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    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.

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  • 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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Calvin Pryor shrunk three inches at the scouting combine

Posted Feb 25, 2014

The Vikings did the right thing passing on Aaron Rodgers in 2005

Louisville S Calvin Pryor

Jacob from Madison, WI

Vic, it’s in the best interest of the league to gather as much information on a QB prospect as possible, so with the rising number of QBs opting not to throw at the combine, one would expect the NFL to mandate throwing drills for QBs who want to participate in the combine. It boosts ratings and grants teams a more refined view of the player in a controlled setting. Do you think such a change would result in QBs opting out of the combine altogether in favor of their pro day?

You can’t mandate something like that, only create a circumstance that favors it. I’d hate to see the league have to pay these guys to get them to perform, but maybe that’s the answer. If the league really wants to make this a big-revenue, major offseason event, that’s how you do it. You sell tickets, pay the prospects and market the combine as a must-see spectator event. As long as it stays the way it is, this is as big as it gets. You can’t count on true-confessions stories every year to drive interest. At some point, a sporting event needs fans in the seats watching it for it to be the best it can be.

Mitch from Sheboygan, WI

Vic, if Justin Tuck is truly a free agent, should Green Bay try to go after him to complement Matthews?

Absolutely.

Scott from Durham, NC

Vic, what do you think the chances are of the Packers picking up Dennis Pitta in free agency? I think he is a solid tight end that would eventually fit well with Rodgers.

Do it.

Mike from West Bend, WI

Dallas is in a huge salary cap mess and it looks like DeMarcus Ware is a cap casualty. Would you kick the tires on him for a pass-rush specialist like Kevin Greene was late in his career?

Kick the tires.

Vern from Lyman Lake, WI

Trade the farm and get Clowney?

Give it all away.

Alberto from Milwaukee, WI

If Orakpo, Talib and Hardy don't get re-signed, do you think the Packers will attempt to sign any of them during the offseason?

Get ’em all.

Dave from Horsham, PA

Vic, I’m gonna jump on the free agent question bandwagon. Reports are out that Seattle will not re-sign Red Bryant. Our run defense is pretty awful and that is his niche. Is he a possible solution?

Sign everyone.

Ninan from Bellevue, WA

Is Aaron Donald a good fit in the 3-4 scheme? If so, your thoughts on him being available to the Packers when they pick?

Donald fits best in a 4-3 scheme as a three-technique, penetrate-and-disrupt defensive tackle. It would be a terrible waste of talent to make Donald hold the point. I suspect he will not participate at his pro day, opting to stand on his combine numbers, which means Donald has just completed one of the best postseasons in draft history. I have never seen a 1-2, Senior Bowl-combine punch the equal of the one Donald executed over the last month. His 40 time on Monday, relative to the position Donald plays, is better than Jadeveon Clowney’s 40 time. Donald did it on the field during the season, becoming the first person in history to win the Outland, Lombardi, Bednarik and Nagurski awards in the same season. He then went to the Senior Bowl and put on the most dominant performance I have ever seen at that event, and then Donald went to the combine and posted eye-popping numbers; his 10-yard split was jaw-dropping. On top of all of that, he has the motor of a race car. He has it all except size, and it’s the worst prejudice of all in football. What will it cost him?

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh

Kendall from Columbus, OH

Vic, I have trouble figuring out how stories like the Harbaugh one always get out if teams don’t want this info known. How does it get out?

Veritas vincit.

Michael from Kansas City, MO

Regarding the McCarthy video questions, my thought was that coach was smart and quick with his responses. He even looked a little put out with one question. I can’t recall which one it was. Sure didn’t look staged to me. Good work.

If it was staged, do you really think I would’ve gotten caught without my makeup?

Don from Roscoe, IL

Vic, I agree the Bucs’ new helmet is atrocious, but surely it’s better than the half-finished mess the Jags wear each Sunday?

Hey, they’re not done painting them, yet, OK? Give them a chance.

Dave from Sauk City, WI

I was watching some combine on the NFL channel as the DL guys were doing their 40s and drills. Nix looked pretty darned good. I think you were right about him being the class of the nose tackle prospects this year. How did he look in person?

He looked slim and trim and jokingly referred to his new look vs. his rounder appearance of last season. His was the most fun interview of the combine. Louis Nix III – I love that third stuff – is a riot. He’s one of those guys that enjoy media interviews. He has fun with the media questions. He disarms the questions instead of challenging them. This is a bright man. He gets it. He’s a pro and I hope the Packers draft him.

Kyle from St. Paul, MN

Calvin Pryor measured in at 5-11 at the combine. Before, we all assumed he was 6-2. Is this a major concern?

Tony Pauline says it’s not a major concern because Earl Thomas is 5-10. That makes sense, but my pre-combine book listed Pryor at 6-2 and if I’m a GM interested in Pryor and I believe he’s 6-2 and then he shrinks three inches in front of my eyes at the combine, I’m disillusioned. All of a sudden, the big safety I liked isn’t so big. It’s not that 5-11 is small for a safety, it’s just not Kam Chancellor-like (6-3, 232), if that’s the model you wanted, which is how Pryor represented himself at the combine. This would bother me. I would ask myself, “What else don’t I know about Pryor?”

Dan Marino

Martin from Oconomowoc, WI

Vic, I am just curious why you and Pauline think Nix would be the greatest value. Isn’t it a concern that he didn’t perform as well his senior year?

Dan Marino didn’t perform well his senior year. The draft isn’t about what a player did, it’s about what a player will do. It’s a crystal ball business.

Janessa from Madison, WI

Vic, I read recently that Cleveland tried to trade for Jim Harbaugh. Is trading coaches even a thing? How would that work?

Jon Gruden was traded by the Raiders to the Bucs for two ones, two twos and $8 million.

Randall from Zarczyce Duze, Poland

Vic, not long ago, I cared almost nothing about the draft. Now, I think it’s fascinating. That’s almost entirely due to your column.

I’m delighted. I think the draft is the essence of professional football because what we see in the fall begins with the process that’s playing out right now. The draft protects pro football. It’s the great equalizer, much more so than the salary cap. When you follow the draft process, you learn about all levels of football. You plant the seeds of interest and knowledge in the pro game.

Chris from Marathon, WI

I’ve been following the combine closely and hearing about the Packers taking a QB in the draft and that they met with Zach Mettenberger. How about Logan Thomas, who Mike Mayock mentioned a few times. Fast, big arm, in need of coaching. Connor Shaw isn’t bad, either. Who do you like?

I like Shaw. I think he’s the perfect backup quarterback. He’s tough, mobile, smart, competitive, team-oriented, dedicated and he won’t cost you much. I think he’s also one of those guys who could surprise scouts with his reach in the pro game. He’s not a typical Steve Spurrier, bubble-screen quarterback. I think Shaw has some pro game in him.

Rich from Fargo, ND

Vic, with all due respect, I somewhat disagree with your take on drafting players. I would argue that no matter what, a team should build themselves and not worry about the possibility of another team drafting a talented player. Draft to suit your weak areas and worry about playing against someone when the time comes, instead of picking a player you don’t need at the time.

So, the Vikings did the right thing in 2005 when they passed on Aaron Rodgers at pick 18 and drafted Erasmus James, right? I mean, they had Brad Johnson and Daunte Culpepper, so they didn’t need Rodgers, right? They needed a defensive end. I mean, it’s not like the Vikings would have to play against Rodgers twice a year (three times in 2012) for 10-15 years. Another Rodgers would come along when they needed him. Let somebody else have him. James was the guy the Vikings needed.

Arlin from Layton, UT

Vic, could the powers that be make the combine an all-or-nothing event? By that I mean if the players want to attend the combine, they must be full participants.

Remember, the most important thing that happens at the combine are the medical examinations. That’s why the whole thing started in the first place. Teams wanted a central place where they could perform medical exams on players. Once they got them there, somebody decided they might as well ask them to run a 40. That’s how it all started. Now, it’s reached the point of bordering on becoming a major event. Anything the NFL touches seems to become a major event. So where does it go from here? Does it remain a for-scouts’-eyes-only event? Or does the NFL marketing machinery seize control of the combine, stir in a little entertainment to add value to it, move it from city to city as though it were a Super Bowl, and turn it into an offseason bonanza? Isn’t that the whole idea of professional football? The founding fathers would say, “Do it.”


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