Centered on the longstanding Green Bay Packers tradition of players riding kids’ bikes to and from practice during training camp, American Family Insurance will unveil its new DreamDrive program when the Packers open training camp on Saturday, July 26.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. CT prior to the Packers’ first practice at 8:20 a.m.
The quarter-mile route between Lambeau Field and Ray Nitschke Field – the team’s practice facility – will officially be known as DreamDrive, on which Packers players will interact with fans as they make their way to and from practice via bicycle.
In addition to the bikes kids bring to training camp, DreamDrive will feature five custom three-wheeler bikes known as “The Dream Fleet,” which kids and Packers players can ride.
Children chosen by a Green Bay area non-profit will be honored as the inaugural DreamDrive participants prior to Saturday’s practice. For the remainder of camp, The Dream Fleet will become part of a bike share program for kids in attendance.
While no one is exactly sure when it started, Packers players have been riding kids’ bikes during training camp for more than half a century. The tradition is believed to have been originated in the early 1960s during Vince Lombardi’s tenure as coach.
DreamDrive is one of the many interactive fan activities that will run during Packers training camp:
• Adjacent to DreamDrive will be the American Family Insurance DreamZone, located inside the revamped Tundra Tailgate Zone. The DreamZone will operate during the first week of training camp and will feature inspirational and engaging activities centered on the pursuit of dreams. Activities inside the DreamZone will include football toss, photo opportunities, the Lambeau Leap, interactive trivia games and more.
• Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will host a 30-minute question and answer session with fans in the DreamZone at approximately 11:30 a.m. following Saturday morning’s practice. Attendance at the Q&A will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
• For a complete list of Packers training camp activities and events, click here.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, LB A.J. Hawk and former WR Sterling Sharpe each participated in the opening round of the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Golf Club at Lake Tahoe on Friday.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament – now in its 25th year – is for current and former professional athletes and is scored under a modified Stableford format.
Sharpe is tied for sixth place in the 86-player field after round one, carding a plus-two 74 and accumulating 20 points. The highlight of Sharpe’s day was an eagle three on the par-five fourth hole.
Rodgers (T22) also had a strong showing on Friday, shooting a 77 and scoring 13 points while dropping in a pair of birdies. Hawk (T62) finished the day with a score of 90 (-3 points).
Full leaderboard here.
Friday’s opening round will be re-airing on Golf Channel on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT. Live tournament coverage continues on NBC’s Sports Network on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, from 2-5 p.m. CT each day.
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GREEN BAY–Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy reaffirmed the team’s wishes to extend General Manager Ted Thompson’s contract.
“It’s a top priority. Ted’s been instrumental in the run we’ve had. Yeah, so that’s a real priority,” Murphy said.
Murphy made those comments in reply to a question at a media conference on Thursday, during which Murphy revealed the team’s 2014 financial statement. Packers.com reporter Mike Spofford’s story on the Packers financials appears on the site.
Murphy was asked where the Packers rank in the NFL in ticket prices.
“This year, we anticipate we’ll be 17th in the league. We want to be affordable. We want people to be able to bring their family, but we want to be fair to the visiting team share,” Murphy said.
Murphy also said cell phone coverage within Lambeau Field will be enhanced for the 2014 season, and there are long-term plans to provide Wi-Fi throughout the stadium, as part of the Packers’ attempts to enrich the game-day experience.
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Packers.com staff writer Mike Spofford held a live chat with fans on Tuesday, July 8. Spofford talked about the battle at backup quarterback, the potential rookie of the year, and the Packers’ rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers. Read the transcript:
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A Green Bay Packers player will be revealed on this week’s episode of The Top 100 Players of 2014, airing on NFL Network at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday.
Wednesday’s show will reveal the players ranked from No. 20 up through No. 11.
Packers players in the Top 100 thus far have been RB Eddie Lacy at No. 90, WR Jordy Nelson at No. 83 and LB Clay Matthews at No. 77.
Update: QB Aaron Rodgers was ranked No. 11. It’s his fourth time on the list, having been ranked No. 11 in 2011, No. 1 in 2012 and No. 6 in 2013. See video:
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You can read the transcript of the fan chat with Vic here:
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NFL rookies attended the NFL Rookie Symposium in Ohio this week. The event serves as an orientation for all drafted rookies, covering topics such as player health and safety, decision making, and substance abuse/domestic violence prevention.
Packers first-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix blogged about his experience on SportsBlog.com.
“This event is an eye-opener,” Clinton-Dix said. “It’s giving us an outlook on players who had great careers in the league and still made bad decisions. To see the things they went through, and listen to them talk about how we can avoid those mistakes, it’s definitely been helpful.”
The former Alabama safety sounded eager to start his rookie campaign in Green Bay.
“I’m very pumped and excited about the season,” Clinton-Dix said. “It’s a dream come true, leaving one title town and going to another. There’s a great fan base, great coaches, a great quarterback and a great team period.”
Click here to read Clinton-Dix’s full blog post.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, LB A.J. Hawk and former WR Sterling Sharpe are all slated to compete in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe July 18-20.
The tournament is in its 25th year, and the 54-hole competition is for current and former professional athletes and is scored under a modified Stableford format.
Other prominent NFL names on the list of participants include Jason Witten, Tyler Eifert, Robbie Gould, Sebastian Janikowski, Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson, Alex Smith, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Emmitt Smith, John Elway and Jim McMahon.
The tournament will be televised live on NBC Sports Network on Friday, July 18 from 3-6 p.m. CT (re-airing on Golf Channel on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and on NBC on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, from 2-5 p.m. CT each day.
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Packers team historian Cliff Christl was recently honored by the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) with the Ralph Hay Award for lifetime achievement.
Christl’s journalism career covering the Packers spans roughly four decades and he has served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 2002. He also helped create the Packers Heritage Trail, a series of landmarks throughout downtown Green Bay and other nearby areas that explain their connection to Packers history.
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Packers players and coaches took their 2014 season headshots on Monday. The team’s first minicamp practice is Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The practice will be held at Ray Nitschke Field and will be open to the public, weather permitting.
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