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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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Demetri Goodson left basketball for future in football

Posted May 10, 2014

Packers' sixth-round draft pick possesses cornerback instincts

GREEN BAY—A few years ago, Demetri Goodson had his eye on the NBA.

A two-year starter on the Gonzaga University basketball team, the point guard made a name for himself by hitting a last-second layup to propel Gonzaga past Western Kentucky and into the Sweet 16 in 2009.

But when Goodson realized that making it as a 6-foot point guard in the NBA was pretty unlikely, he transferred to Baylor to make a go of it as a cornerback in football, the sport his older brother Mike played as a pro, as a running back for the Panthers, Raiders and Jets.

Fast forward through two season-ending injuries and an extra medical redshirt year thanks to the NCAA, and Goodson was drafted on Saturday by the Packers in the sixth round with the 197th overall pick.

“It really wasn’t too hard,” Goodson said of switching back to football after roughly six years away from the sport, having not played it since his sophomore year in high school.

“I’ve always been blessed to be able to play both sports. The hardest thing I’d say with the switch was my knowledge of the game and just getting my football body back, putting on more weight, stuff like that.”

Goodson said it was actually more his father, rather than his brother, who encouraged him to go with football. Goodson visits his father twice a month in prison, where he is nearly one-third of the way through a 27-year conviction for mortgage fraud.

Goodson’s path in football wasn’t exactly smooth either. An ankle injury in 2011 required surgery and then a broken arm ended another season prematurely in 2012. Granted another year of eligibility in 2013, he came back to earn honorable mention All-Big 12 honors, intercepting three passes and breaking up 16.

All the medical issues never led him to second-guess his decision, though, or to consider another future.

“I put all the marbles into football,” he said. “I didn’t care if I pulled my leg off, I was going to make it some way, somehow. The injuries just made me tougher.”

Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. sees some of that toughness in Goodson’s tackling, though there’s room for improvement with that skill.

What matters most to Whitt is that he’s a “willing tackler” at the corner position.

“The thing I look for is will he go put his face in there? He will, and as long as they will, you can correct any other issues,” Whitt said.

Given Goodson’s background, he’ll be another project for Whitt, who helped continue the conversion of the undrafted Sam Shields from receiver to corner when he came to the Packers in 2010.

“I like it,” Whitt said of these kinds of coaching challenges. “There are not a lot of bad habits you have to erase. What you get, if you do it the right way, they are what you coach. You’re not coaching anything out of them.”

Whitt added that some defensive principles in basketball, particularly for point guards, translate to a cornerback in the NFL lining up across from a wide receiver. That’s been a starting point for Goodson, who brings additional athletic traits as well.

“I don’t know how raw he is, but he’s real instinctive,” Whitt said. “The things I saw on film were his ability to stick to his guy. He’s really competitive, fights to the end on every play, trying to get the ball out. Those are things we can add to the defense and excite me about his game.”

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