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  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • 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.

  • Sun., Jul. 27, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Sun., Jul. 27, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.

Team historian Christl receives lifetime achievement award from PRFA

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 18, 2014 – 1:52 pm

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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Behind the scenes: Packers take 2014 season headshots

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 16, 2014 – 3:11 pm

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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Packers DT Mike Daniels chats with fans: Read the transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 12, 2014 – 6:58 pm

Packers DT Mike Daniels

One of the more colorful characters on the team, Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels chatted live with fans on Thursday, answering questions that ranged from his wrestling days to video games and everything in between.

Daniels was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 out of Iowa and recorded two sacks, plus a fumble returned for a touchdown, as a rookie. He boosted his sack total to 6 1/2 last season, plus another in the playoffs against the 49ers.

You can read the transcript of the fan chat with Daniels here:

If you don’t see the chat transcript above, click here.


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Next public practice set for June 17

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 12, 2014 – 10:27 am

140612-harris-300Packers minicamp, which runs from June 17-19, will be open to the public on two of the three days, weather permitting. The camp concludes the offseason program.

The three-day mandatory minicamp will be at Ray Nitschke Field, with practices on Tuesday and Thursday, both at 11:30 a.m., open to the public. Wednesday’s practice will be closed to the public.

The Packers also have scheduled their first training camp practice for Saturday, July 26. Players will report to training camp on Friday, July 25.


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Sam Shields’ new contract ‘just the beginning’

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 11, 2014 – 11:07 am

Packers CB Sam Shields

Packers CB Sam Shields, who signed a multi-year contract extension just before the start of free agency, says his newfound financial security won’t change the way he approaches his craft.

“It won’t. I tell everybody, it’s just the beginning,” Shields said after Tuesday’s OTA practice. “I’m going to keep continuing to work my butt off, make plays and hopefully down the line get another one. It’s just the beginning.”

As free agency approached in early March, Shields said he wanted to remain in Green Bay but admitted he got “scared” the Packers might not come through with a contract offer to his liking and he’d be shopping elsewhere. He said playing with CB Tramon Williams, S Morgan Burnett and others is “like a family” and he wanted to stay.

“Because I’ve been here, I’ve been established since Day 1,” he said. “The coaches trust me.”

Shields credited CB coach Joe Whitt Jr. with getting him to this point. Coming from the University of Miami (Fla.), Shields switched from receiver to defensive back for his final year with the Hurricanes and came to the Packers as an undrafted rookie. He had so much trouble learning the defense that Whitt devised flash cards to quiz him on packages and assignments, and he got it down well enough to be the Packers’ nickel corner as a rookie on the 2010 Super Bowl team.

Last season was almost assuredly his best, as he posted a career-high 64 tackles and tied his career best with four interceptions, including three in the final five regular-season games. He also has four postseason interceptions in his career, tied for the franchise playoff record with Williams and a handful of others, but he lost a chance to grab solo possession of that record when he left last January’s playoff game against the 49ers in the first quarter with a leg injury.

That injury, originally thought to be a knee problem, ended up not being anything serious — Shields called it a high ankle sprain on Tuesday — and had no impact on his pending free-agent status.

“When I sit back and think about what I went through when I first started, switched to DB, it still amazes me that I’m in this position,” Shields said. “It’s a blessing.”

 


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Shurmur honored by PFWA

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 11, 2014 – 9:44 am

Fritz Shurmur

Fritz Shurmur

Former Packers defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur is one of four former NFL assistant coaches chosen to receive the inaugural Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman award by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Shurmur was the Packers defensive coordinator from 1994-98 under head coach Mike Holmgren. He headed a Packers defense that allowed the fewest points in the league in 1996 as Green Bay won Super Bowl XXXI and continued with many of those same defensive players — Reggie White, LeRoy Butler, Gilbert Brown and others — as the Packers reached the Super Bowl again the following season.

The new award is named for Zimmerman, who covered the NFL for nearly 30 years for Sports Illustrated, and is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach. Shurmur died 15 years ago at the age of 67. In addition to the Packers, he also worked for the Lions, Patriots, Rams and Cardinals in his pro coaching career.

The others honored with the inaugural award are the late Jim Johnson, Howard Mudd and Ernie Zampese.


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Randall Cobb wears GoPro camera during Jordy Nelson’s softball game

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 9, 2014 – 11:27 am

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall CobbGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was outfitted with a GoPro camera mounted on his head during Sunday’s Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game in Grand Chute. See the game from his point of view and listen to what he was saying to his teammates.


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Jordy Nelson’s offensive all-stars cruise past defense, 26-11

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 8, 2014 – 10:02 pm

GRAND CHUTE–A familiar scene for Packers fans played out Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute — an offensive juggernaut rolling over the opposition. Hosting the charity softball game formerly headlined by Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and his team of offensive stars handily defeated the all-star lineup of defensive and special teams players, 26-11.

The game was preceded by a home run derby, boasting impressive blasts by former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien. Tolzien ended up taking home the trophy after outlasting stiff competition from his teammates. Video of the home run derby:

To keep things interesting, cornerback Jarrett Bush challenged Nelson to a home run derby challenge. The loser was required to rattle off push-ups based on the jersey number of his competitor. Since Bush lost, he owed Nelson 87 reps. Video here:


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Eddie Lacy featured in ‘What’s Up, Pro?’ interview

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 4, 2014 – 5:09 pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy is featured in the the latest “What’s Up, Pro?” interview on nfl.com. In the segment, Lacy talks about the cold weather in Wisconsin, his favorite memory from childhood football, the most ridiculous purchase he ever made, and a bizarre pregame speech.

You can see the video by clicking here.

 


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Mike McCarthy honored to host ’65 Roses’ golf outing

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 2, 2014 – 1:32 pm

GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy has lent his name to the annual “65 Roses” golf outing longer than any of his predecessors, but it’s what the event stands for that matters most to the Packers Head Coach.

“(It’s) the history of this outing, but more importantly, the cause, the fight against cystic fibrosis,” McCarthy said around mid-day Monday as the outing was being delayed by rain at the Green Bay Country Club.

“This is always an honor for me to be part of this. It’s just great to give back to a fantastic cause. Hopefully the rain will cooperate here in a little bit and we can get out there and get going.”

Dating back to Lindy Infante in 1988, the Packers head coach has served as honorary chairman of the event, making this McCarthy’s ninth year and his association the longest. “65 Roses” is a phrase children afflicted with cystic fibrosis often use to name the disease because it’s so difficult to pronounce.

To date, the event has raised more than $650,000 for cystic fibrosis efforts, primarily through the establishment and continued funding of a cystic fibrosis resource center at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. The golf outing includes Packers players, coaches and other football operations staff members.

“It’s important to give back and it’s something my family takes a lot of pride in,” McCarthy said. “It’s definitely something that’s communicated (to the players as well). I feel that the position that we’re in as professionals, we are a pillar in our community. It takes a village to raise a child, and we are definitely pillars in that village.”

The Packers are in the middle of three weeks of OTA practices, which resume on Tuesday, so the head coach confessed his golf game isn’t in the greatest of shape at the moment. But he was ready to give it a go, provided the rain would subside.

“It will be fun to see which way the ball flies, left to right or right to left today,” he said. “That’s usually the beauty of playing in this tournament for me. I don’t have a lot of preparation for this event.”


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