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  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • 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.

     

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Ohio State's Linsley joins competition at center

Posted May 10, 2014

Packers use first of two fifth-round picks on All-Big 10 pivot man

GREEN BAY—The competition for the starting center job for the Packers just got a new entrant.

Green Bay drafted Ohio State center Corey Linsley in the fifth round on Saturday with the 161st overall pick, and he’ll immediately be thrown into the mix with JC Tretter, a fourth-round pick last year, and practice-squad holdover Garth Gerhart.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Packers Offensive Line Coach James Campen said. “It’s going to be very competitive. They all know that in the room.”

A first-team All-Big 10 pick last season, Linsley started all of Ohio State’s games at center over the last two seasons after converting from a reserve guard/tackle.

For Linsley, it was more than just a position change. Suspended for two games in 2011, Linsley said he got his off-the-field life in order as well, as he battled to win the starting center job for the Buckeyes in 2012.

“I put my foot in the ground and started to make myself a better person, and it translated onto the football field,” Linsley said. “I was a different person when I played guard. Different work ethic, different character, just totally different. The transition was not only on the field but also in my life. It was all a change for the better.”

Incredibly strong, Linsley has reportedly bench-pressed 500 pounds and he put up 36 reps at 225 at the scouting combine, one of the higher totals among offensive linemen.

“I grew up in the weight room,” Linsley said. “That’s where I first learned about football, in the Boardman (Ohio) High School weight room. I always took pride in the level of strength I played with. It’s always been one of my fortes.”

He also spent much of his youth as a Packers fan, dressing up as Brett Favre for Halloween once and owning a cheesehead. Getting drafted by the Packers is a dream come true for him, and it just so happens he could have a chance to start right away.

Tretter would have to be the favorite on paper, having spent a year learning the system even though most of his rookie season was lost to injury. Campen said the practice time Tretter got late last year after he came off the physically unable to perform list was invaluable, and he has hit the ground running in the offseason program so far this spring.

Guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton, as well as tackle Don Barclay, also are capable of playing center if needed, but barring an injury or something unforeseen, it’s a good bet Tretter and Linsley will be allowed to battle it out.

Whoever wins would become the fourth different center for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the last four years, and while that type of turnover isn’t ideal, Campen wasn’t sounding alarm bells and he’s confident the veterans stationed around the center position will make it all work.

“Everyone would like to have some stability there but, in reality, everyone comes in and learns the system,” he said. “We have two very good guards who are very smart, and obviously a very smart quarterback. The progression of learning is accelerated when you have smart people around you.”

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