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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • 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.

     

Thompson discusses Harrell, difficulty of decisions

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 1, 2012 – 3:30 pm

Graham Harrell locked up the backup QB job with a stellar outing on Thursday against Kansas City (13 of 15, 223 yards, 2 TDs, 158.3 rating), and GM Ted Thompson said on Saturday what stood out about his performance was the plays he made with his feet.

“You could see his ability to ad-lib a little bit, which is a huge thing playing quarterback in the NFL,” Thompson said. “Obviously some guys made some plays for him down the field, and I thought we protected pretty decent. It was a good showing.

“He never lost his confidence during this whole time. I know he’s been sort of the focal point, but Graham has a sometimes quiet, sometimes not-so-quiet confidence in himself to play the position, and our coaches have been behind him the whole way.”

One of the close calls in the roster cutdown that Thompson mentioned was the sixth and final spot on the defensive line. It went to Phillip Merling, a 6-5, 315-pound end who was a former second-round draft pick of the Dolphins, over Daniel Muir, a 6-2, 322-pound nose tackle who had made the Packers’ roster as an undrafted rookie back in 2007 before playing four seasons in Indianapolis.

“In the case of Daniel Muir, very difficult. Very passionate young man,” Thompson said. “But the NFL is like a wheel, it goes round and round, you never know when someone might be back.

“In the case of Phillip, we thought he played very well. We thought especially he gave us a little inside push in that last game, (plus the) body type, a little bit longer and taller.”

That decision was one of many difficult ones, Thompson said. Without naming the player, he told the story of one player who was released on Friday who told Thompson what a thrill it was to simply play a preseason game in front of the Lambeau Field crowd.

“I patted him on the back and said, ‘How did it go last night?’, talking about the game, and he said it was the greatest time, it was the most fun he’s ever had in his entire life to be able to play at Lambeau Field. I think sometimes we’re so conscious about trying to win and compete on such a major level as the NFL, we forget it’s guys playing the game, and I thought that was pretty cool.”

There’s been nothing fun about these last couple of days for Thompson, though, who has often said that roster cutdown days are the worst days of his job.

“We had a fairly strong 90-man roster I felt,” he said. “These guys competed and played hard, and eventually you have to cut down. It’s just awful, the experience of going through that.

“You say a little prayer and hope you have the wisdom to make the right decision. Tough times.”

For the main story from Thompson’s Saturday press conference, click here.


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9 Responses to “Thompson discusses Harrell, difficulty of decisions”

  1. By Noah on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Long live Driver!

  2. By JJB22 on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    What a classy guy Ted Thompson is! We’re lucky to have a GM with a real heart!

  3. By Bob Wassom on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    My hat is off to TT, MM and all those responsible for making the decisions regarding their players. They all seem to be fair in makeing those decisions.
    I’m a Texan and had never been a Packer’s fan until they signed Graham Harrell. He was given a fair chance and for a while I wondered if he was going to make it. My confidence never wavered in him, but he played in the last pre-season game like I’ve seen him play in many college games. He has always played like “Mr. Cool”. In pressure situations and in big games he always came through. I’m mighty proud he is a Packer. Bob…

  4. By Jonnt Benson on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Ted…that that nigga mane!!! love that dude!

  5. By nate on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Important:

    Please remove comment from Jonnt Benson on Sep 2, 2012 reply to the following article.

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  6. By Ron Joachim on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    On the Jonnt Benson comment on Sept 2, 2012

    Why can’t these type of comments from this kind of idiot be reviewed and deleted before we see it? At least ban the freak’s access to our website.

  7. By bill on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    please ban j. benson. his conduct does not belong on a site associated with this or any other team. in the 21st century, such behavior does not even rise to the primitive level.

  8. By greylorn on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you guys need to get a sense of humor. The “offensive” comment was obviously a high compliment to T.T. from a black guy.

    Humor is contextual. There’s nothing racist about a gentleman of Polish descent telling a “Polack” joke– especially in Wisconsin. It’s a different thing if a Russian or a Nazi skinhead tells the same joke.

    There are lots of different folks of various cultures sharing this planet. Why not learn to live with them? Political correctness has its time and place, and NFL football is not it.

  9. By airpacker12 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    THIS IS A CLASIC EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STOP TEACHING HISTORY CLASS IN HS.THAT SAME CONSTITUTION THAT PROTECTS IDIOT STATMENTS, PROTECTS YOU AS WELL.

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