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    Head Coach Mike McCarthy available in Media Auditorium

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  • Thu., May. 28, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Three of the Packers’ upcoming OTA practices will be open to the public at Clarke Hinkle Field.

    The three open practices, weather permitting, will take place on May 28, June 2 and June 10. All practices are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

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    Head Coach Mike McCarthy available in Media Auditorium

  • Sun., May. 31, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM CDT Packers Coaching School

    The Green Bay Packers are set to host the team’s second annual “Green Bay Packers Coaching School” at Lambeau Field on Sunday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The complimentary coaching school has a curriculum exclusively designed for youth football coaches, and can accommodate a maximum of 300 coaches. The event will feature innovative classroom sessions in the Lambeau Field Atrium, as well as on-field football instruction from top local high school and youth football coaches in the Don Hutson Center.

News now! Packers pick DB Damarious Randall

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 30, 2015 – 10:18 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers selected defensive back Damarious Randall in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday. Randall played safety at Arizona State, but some teams had projected him to play cornerback.

Randall, 5-11, 196, was a first team All-PAC 12 selection last season. He’s regarded to be a tough, high-effort defender and punishing tackler. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the last two years. He ran a 4.46 40 at the scouting combine.

The Packers selected safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the 21st overall pick last year. The Packers have a distinct need at cornerback after losing Tramon Williams and Davon House in free agency. Randall might address the need at cornerback in sub-package defense.

Full story: No regrets for Randall that football became his game

Editorial: Randall addresses need at corner


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NFC North rivals make different first-round moves

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 30, 2015 – 9:35 pm

GREEN BAY — With the Packers about an hour away from going on the clock, their three NFC North rivals all went different directions in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Chicago went for offense, Minnesota went with defense, and Detroit traded back.

At No. 7 overall, the Bears replaced departed WR Brandon Marshall by selecting West Virginia WR Kevin White. He will be paired with Alshon Jeffery for Chicago’s new receiving tandem. White was the second receiver taken in the draft, after Alabama’s Amari Cooper.

To see packers.com’s Prospect Primer on White, click here.

Four picks later, at No. 11, the Vikings addressed their secondary by taking Michigan State CB Trae Waynes, the first defensive back selected. A Wisconsin native and former high school teammate of Badgers RB Melvin Gordon, Waynes clocked the fastest 40 time at the scouting combine of all cornerbacks.

To see Waynes’ Prospect Primer, click here.

Detroit came into the draft with the No. 23 overall pick but traded it to the Denver Broncos, moving back five spots to the No. 28 overall pick.

 

 


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Donald Driver to make special appearance on ‘DWTS’ 10th anniversary

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 28, 2015 – 4:10 pm

Donald DriverFormer Packers WR and dancing champion Donald Driver will return to the ABC show “Dancing With The Stars” on Tuesday night, along with a number of other former NFL players who have competed on the show, as part of the “DWTS” 10th anniversary special.

Driver won Season 14 of “DWTS” with dance partner Peta Murgatroyd back in 2012. He is slated to appear on the 10th anniversary special along with NFL greats Hines Ward, Kurt Warner, Jacoby Jones, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. The show airs at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday.

 


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Donald Driver to announce Packers’ second-round draft pick

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 23, 2015 – 12:17 pm

WR Donald DriverFormer Packers WR Donald Driver will announce the Packers’ second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft in prime time on Friday, May 1.

The league’s annual tradition of using NFL alumni to announce teams’ picks in the second round is continuing this year. Driver, the Packers’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, will be Green Bay’s representative at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago. The second round begins at 6 p.m. CT next Friday.

Past Packers alumni to be tabbed for the honor have included RB Jim Taylor, S LeRoy Butler, LB Dave Robinson and WR James Lofton. Last year, Lofton announced the selection of WR Davante Adams in the second round.

Here is the full list of alumni announcing second-round picks this year:

Arizona Cardinals: S Adrian Wilson
Atlanta Falcons: C Todd McClure
Baltimore Ravens: CB Duane Starks
Buffalo Bills: QB Jim Kelly
Carolina Panthers: S Pat Terrell
Chicago Bears: LB Dick Butkus
Cincinnati Bengals: FB Ickey Woods
Cleveland Browns: CB Hanford Dixon
Dallas Cowboys: S Darren Woodson
Denver Broncos: WR Rick Upchurch
Detroit Lions: LB Chris Spielman
Green Bay Packers: WR Donald Driver
Houston Texans: S Eric Brown
Indianapolis Colts: WR Bill Brooks
Jacksonville Jaguars: FB Greg Jones
Kansas City Chiefs: CB Gary Green
Miami Dolphins: C Dwight Stephenson
Minnesota Vikings: LB EJ Henderson
New England Patriots: CB Ty Law
New Orleans Saints: T Jon Stinchcomb
New York Giants: S Shaun Williams
New York Jets: RB Emerson Boozer
Oakland Raiders: CB Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles: T Jon Runyan
Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Mel Blount
St. Louis Rams: LB Pisa Tinoisamoa
San Diego Chargers: WR Anthony Miller
San Francisco 49ers: LB/DE Charles Haley
Seattle Seahawks: S Kenny Easley
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: FB Mike Alstott
Tennessee Titans: T Michael Roos
Washington Redskins: S Brig Owens

 


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News now! Thompson explains draft philosophy

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 22, 2015 – 10:12 am

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GREEN BAY–Packers General Manager Ted Thompson explained his philosophy of drafting, when asked on Wednesday how need fits into his selection process.

“You factor everything in. Other organizations weight things differently than we do. I’m adamant (need is) not the way to draft. The way to draft is to take the best player,” Thompson said at a pre-draft press conference.

“You don’t know what you’re going to need. This is real life. Injuries happen. Life happens. What you think you’re strong at, you may not necessarily be strong at. As long as you’re taking good, solid players, you’re getting value there. If you take players that aren’t as good, you may not be getting value.”

Thompson has long been known to select the best available player, as opposed to drafting specifically for need.

“It is a process. It’s something that takes a long time. We’ll officially start on next year’s draft the day after this one,” he said.

What’s left to do before next week’s NFL draft begins on Thursday, April 30.

“We’ve kind of got this down, Most of the grind is over with. There are relationships with other teams, there are relationships with agents, those kinds of things, finishing up reports, going back to the board again and again,” Thompson said.

Click here for Packers.com’s full report from Thompson’s press conference.

 

 


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Reflections from the Packers’ 10th anniversary Tailgate Tour

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 22, 2015 – 6:25 am

q-blogSome aspects of the Packers Tailgate Tour were easily quantifiable: 832 miles, 18 cities, five tailgate parties, 3,000 autographs and thousands of dollars raised for great organizations.

Other highlights would be quite a challenge to count: bright smiles, deep laughs and vivid, lasting memories.

Regardless of whether it was an autographed picture, a selfie with a player or simply a good-luck-this-season high five, the experiences – both by the players and the fans – are what make the tour special.

“The fans really had a great time,” said Mark Murphy. “I thought it was a very successful tour and we definitely had, by far, the best weather.”

In addition to the parties and the surprise stops, Murphy enjoyed seeing the players appreciate each other’s company and insight.

“I enjoy that the most, the interaction between alumni and current players,” he said. “With Jerry and Dave, it was unique opportunity to hear from Lombardi players. At the start, there was not so much mingling, but by the end of week, the guys were eating together and spending time together. They have so much in common. It’s 50 years of Packers history and players.”

Murphy also liked the new setup employed at a few of the school stops, where the current players and recent alumni visited with the students while Murphy, Kramer and Robinson had the opportunity to visit with a local civic group, along with others.

“We had a little different approach and met with business leaders and teachers from the school,” he said. “Having Jerry and Dave there, it was really fascinating to see how riveted people were, to hear directly from Dave and Jerry about the Lombardi era.”

Murphy also reflected on other tour highlights: “Children’s Hospital really stood out for me today. The kids were so excited to see the players.

“The veterans clinic also was special. The residents there were so sharp. You can tell they really follow the Packers. It meant a lot to see the younger players thank them for what they did for our country.

“The history and tradition of the organization is so significant, to bring Jerry and Dave and more recent alumni along is important. It helps down the road for another generation of fans to hear the history directly.”

Although the final totals haven’t been tallied, the monies raised for nonprofit organizations has climbed past $1.8 million over the 10 years of the tour, a great show of support from Packers fans for outstanding causes in their local communities.

As Jerry Kramer reflected on the tour, he was impressed with the enthusiasm of the fans.

“I’ve certainly experienced the great support of the fans over the years,” he said. “But we got another look at them. We helped out, but they were doing things to help out in their communities. That’s wonderful and the way the world should be.”

He recalled a Lombardi quote that today could apply to the tour’s mission as it features the players and the fans essentially working together for the good of the community.

“When the game is over, the lights are out, the parking lot is empty and the story has been written,” Kramer recalled Lombardi saying, “and in the quiet of your room, you take off the championship ring and put it on the dresser. The only thing left at that time is the quest for excellence and trying to make the world a little bit better place because you were in it.”

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Tour members reflected very fondly about the experiences of the week. Here are some of their thoughts.
Micah Hyde: “Meeting the guys was awesome, and hanging out with everyone. Surprising the kids at school was fun and spending time with the people at the nursing home was a blast.

“The kids at the hospital were special. I’m glad we had the opportunity there.

“Everything is the same with the players, no matter the age. It’s the same stuff, just 50 years older.”

Casey Hayward: “I really enjoyed the trip, especially the Children’s Hospital visit and the veterans home.

“It was very interesting to see perspective from each generation of players. Big Gil and his big personality. I really enjoyed everyone. Free (Antonio Freeman) even though he was late. All he talked about was his catch.

“And the Lombardi era. Those guys can really tell stories. Thank you, Jerry and Dave.”

Andrew Quarless: “I enjoyed Children’s Hospital. The talk about bullying: the girl apologizing was a touching moment for me.

“It was great to interact with the alumni. To hear about Lombardi. Enjoyed Jerry and Dave the most. They still active and enjoying life, and really funny, which is encouraging to me.

“And of course, interacting with the fans.”

Dave Robinson: “Thought it was great. It was my first time, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Pleasantly surprised day after day. Tony Fisher (Packers alumni coordinator) kept us in line all week. Kudos to him.

“Anyone from the Packers that hasn’t been on a tour needs to be on one.

“Refreshing on how in the small towns, these people turn out. Packed in to see the guys. I didn’t’ realize how deep-rooted the support for the team is in the state. I had been away from some of these places for so long. I got excited every day.

“And I came to know that Andrew is a fellow Penn State alumnus. Great to get to know him, and the other guys. Amazing how many things we have in common with these guys.”

Jerry Kramer: “I had a great time. Very glad I came. The Wisconsin fans responded as expected. Tour is well organized. They’ve got a good handle on it. Mark (Murphy) and Cathy (Dworak, the Packers’ director of community outreach and player/alumni relations).

“It was fun to hang out with the younger guys and experience the antics that still go on in the locker room. Casey and Micah whacking each other verbally. That was fun. Little bit of everything.

Antonio Freeman: “Great to do it with the guys: former, past and present. Hospital visit was humbling. Awesome to see the smiles and excitement of all the Packers fans where we went.

“The tour gave us the locker room feeling we all missed so much these five days. That made it fun. Thanks to everyone who had a hand: sponsors, staff and players. It was first class.”


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Surprise at Suster’s

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 19, 2015 – 8:22 am

blog-susterThe tour’s practice of making stops in Wisconsin’s small towns continued Saturday as the motor coach made a surprise stop at Suster’s Arcade in Denmark.

While the restaurant’s famous broasted chicken was reason enough to visit, Mark Murphy and the Packers also wanted to recognize the restaurant’s proprietor with Packers ties, Ed Schuster. Schuster served on the team’s board of directors for 54 years (1931-85), the third-longest tenure in club history.

Murphy presented the family a plaque to be hung in honor Schuster, and then the group settled in to enjoy a spread that included chicken, potatoes, slaw and other tasty offerings.

“Now that was some good food,” Gilbert Brown declared.

“I wish I had a hot box. I’d take some with me,” added Antonio Freeman.


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Wish granted in Sheboygan

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 18, 2015 – 4:43 pm

blog-sheboyganWith an escort from a very talented and energetic drumline, the Packers Tailgate Tour members experienced a rousing entrance to the party at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan.

The final get together of the 10th anniversary tour benefitted Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to granting the wishes of seriously ill children in Wisconsin.

The Packers already enjoy a heartwarming relationship with Make-A-Wish, as the Packers host the wish visits nearly every home-game Friday at Lambeau Field. Today’s event supports the organization even further.

“We are unparalleled partners in making wishes come true, but this event is a nod to be part of the fan base and an amazing opportunity to share our mission,” said Patti Gorsky, Make-A-Wish’s president and CEO. “Together, with the partnership of this event, it takes us to new heights.”

Photo gallery: Packers hold final tailgate party in Sheboygan

During the stage portion of the event, Gilbert Brown got the crowd on their feet when he discussed the appreciation he gained this week for Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson.

“These two guys are the Packers’ national treasure,” he said as the crowd responded enthusiastically.

Antonio Freeman was asked about the Monday Night Miracle, the overtime, on-the-ground TD catch at Lambeau Field that beat the Minnesota Vikings. It was a story he enjoyed telling more than once this week.

For Mark Murphy, this event and the tour across Wisconsin are important for the organization in a number of ways.

“It highlights the uniqueness of the organization,” he said. “We’re community owned and viewed as state’s team. For us, giving back is high priority for organization. Fans are so supportive and so loyal, we can’t take them for granted. To get out across the state and thank them, it makes good sense.”

After leaving the beautiful, lakeside resort, the Tailgate Tour motor coach made its way north, with one more surprise stop in store before returning to Green Bay.


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Paging Dr. Gilbert Brown

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 18, 2015 – 11:15 am

brown-blogHe’s not a doctor, nor does he play one on TV, but Gilbert Brown possessed some healing power today, if only for a brief while, while he and the other members of the tour visited Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee area.

Brown and the group delivered cheer to the patients and families, and provided an appreciated respite from their health challenges. Visits took place in the lobby as well as on a couple floors in the MACC Fund Center, where children are treated for cancer and other illnesses. Small talk, pictures, pom-poms and footballs were shared.

“I loved that visit,” Brown said. “Best stop on the trip. To be able to interact with those kids, we feel like we made their day. And with their families, we helped to break the monotony of the day, what they’re going through. When they look up at you with the smile, it’s a thank you, and they don’t have to say it.

“It’s awesome…awesome.”

Photo gallery: Tailgate Tour makes stop at Children’s Hospital

While the players appreciate being able to provide some laughs and smiles, the effect on the kids and their families is real.

“We look forward to these visits,” said Jill Wiench, child life specialist for Children’s Hospital. “Sometimes we don’t see a smile for days, and then this makes their day. Even though they’re sick and the whole family is faced with challenges, a moment like this is a bright spot.”

After leaving the hosptial, the Tailgate Tour motor coach traveled north toward Sheboygan for its final tailgate party to benefit Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.


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Back-to-school night for the Tailgate Tour

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 18, 2015 – 9:22 am

elkhorn-blogElkhorn Middle School was the site of the Packers Tailgate Tour Friday night, where a sold-out gathering of more than 600 enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the players.

The walk down the hallway toward the gym brought back memories of Casey Hayward’s own middle school experience.

“We had to walk a line in the hallways at my school,” he said. “It wasn’t a bad thing, just some structure.”

The event benefitted VIP Services, a nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities to explore and experience endless possibilities. It offers employment opportunities, life skills development, transportation service and other assistance to people in the community with disabilities.

Photo gallery: Elkhorn tailgate party

Live music kept the crowd entertained while they waited in line for autographs or enjoyed the tasty tailgate food. Associated Bank was on hand to present a check in support of VIP Services as well.

The question-and-answer session again featured some insight into the players careers, with Micah Hyde describing the various ways he contributes to the Packers, including corner, slot defender, safety, return man and a possible new wrinkle.

“I’m trying to put on some weight so I can play linebacker,” he quipped.

Jerry Kramer gave the crowd some insight into Vince Lombardi’s legendary ability to motivate players as he recalled a day at practice when he missed a block and then had a false start.

“He got four inches from my face and said, ‘Mister, college students have a concentration span of five minutes, high school is three, kindergarten is 30 seconds. Where does that put you?’ ”

Later, as a dejected Kramer sat in his locker and pondered his now seemingly dubious future, Lombardi approached.

“He patted me on the shoulders and neck and said, ‘Son, one of these days you’re going to be the best guard in the league.’ Talk about being ready to go.”

vip-blogPrior to the party, the players had the opportunity to meet several individuals who work for VIP Services when they surprised them during a pizza party. It was clear the group was touched by the visit as smiles as wide as the room accompanied the many hugs and pictures.

“That was fun,” said Bill Schroeder. “I really like how emotional the clients are. You can tell they appreciated the visit.”

Mark Murphy appreciated the opportunity to help VIP and its mission. Over the course of the tours, stops have been made at a handful of such organizations.

“It’s a great program,” Murphy said. “I’m really impressed with VIP. Organizations like this are so valuable to the individuals as it gives them a sense of purpose and have a job and contribute. It’s helpful to the families, too.”

At the post-event dinner, Gilbert Brown wasn’t around to defend himself when Dave Robinson considered the all-you-can-eat items on the menu.

“You’re lucky Gilbert Brown isn’t here,” he said to the restaurant staff.

As the conversation turned to other subjects, Robinson was describing what it’s like to be color blind when Hayward pulled up on his smart phone the famous picture of the “the dress” that was all the rage on the Internet recently. As he passed it around the table, most of those in attendance thought it was either blue and black or white and gold. But Robinson had his own take.

“That dress is red,” he insisted, as the others laughed heartily.

The members of the tour are looking forward to the final day.


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