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  • Thu., Nov. 27, 2014 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM CST Live McCarthy press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium.
  • Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM CST Live McCarthy press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium.
  • Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Beebe, Hentrich) Don Beebe and Craig Hentrich are scheduled to appear at the Packers Pro Shop on Saturday, Novemeber 29th, from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 11:25 AM - 3:25 PM CST Toys for Tots Collection The U.S. Marine Corps will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for distribution to needy children in the area.  Cash donations will be accepted as well.  The collection will take place in the parking lot and at each of Lambeau Field’s gates.
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Beebe, Hentrich)

    TTZ: Don Beebe
    Club Level: Craig Hentrich

  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 3:25 PM - 6:30 PM CST Packers vs. New England Patriots Packers vs. New England Patriots

Packers receive rousing welcome in Merrill

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 19, 2014 – 5:08 pm

140419-merrill-party-300The Tailgate Tour’s final tailgate party took place Saturday afternoon at the MARC Ice Center in Merrill, with the Wisconsin RIverbend Trail receiving its benefit. A community resource, the 2.5-mile long trail will continue to be developed along the Wisconsin River by the River District Development Foundation.

More than 900 fans in attendance cheered their heroes as they took stage, and also got a kick when a local resident and Packers alumnus, Mike Hunt, was introduced and embraced his former teammates on the platform. Hunt, a linebacker, played in 22 games from 1978-80.

“It was good to see Mike. I haven’t seen him in a few years,” said Paul Coffman.

During questions, an inquiring fan wanted to know what opponents the alumni least liked to face. Paul Coffman first focused on the opponent he liked to face: Tampa Bay…in December…in Tampa.

“We’d go down there for the week and practice before the game,” he recalled. “That was nice, getting out of the cold Green Bay weather.”

As for the least-liked opponent players: “I really didn’t like facing Wilbur Marshall and Lawrence Taylor,” he said. “Lawrence would talk all game long to try and get into your head, saying bad things about your mother, your sister, your girlfriend.”

When discussing the challenges of playing in foul weather, James Lofton said he preferred snow vs. rain, especially a hard rain, but also lamented the improved equipment today’s players have in their arsenals.

“I didn’t have these miracle gloves that today’s players can use,” Lofton said, drawing a collective laugh from the crowd.

After signing autographs, the players posed for a few more pictures and then made their way to the motor coach to begin the final stretch of the journey back to Lambeau Field.

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE MERRILL TAILGATE PARTY


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