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    Post-practice                Head Coach Mike McCarthy available in Media Auditorium

  • Tue., Aug. 04, 2015 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.
  • Tue., Aug. 04, 2015 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Head Coach Mike McCarthy Press Conference

    Post-practice                Head Coach Mike McCarthy available in Media Auditorium

  • Tue., Aug. 04, 2015 12:55 PM - 1:30 PM CDT GM Ted Thompson Press Conference

    1pm               GM Ted Thompson available in Media Auditorium

  • Tue., Aug. 04, 2015 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Director of Player Personnel Eliot Wolf press conference

    Director of Player Personnel Eliot Wolf available in Media Auditorium to discuss Ron Wolf’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Students urged to sack bullying

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 15, 2015 – 12:52 pm

gb-blogBullying was the subject and Gilbert Brown delivered the message with emphatic intensity, much like he did on the football field when he felled Packers opponents.

“Bullies are cowards,” he said to 450 students at Durand Middle and High School. “They need an audience and don’t give them that. Also, if you’re being bullied, try not to show any fear, because when you do, the bully gets stronger.”

Brown went on to describe how bullying is now a 24/7 activity with social media. Prior to the onset of the online culture, victims would have a brief respite when they were away from school or other social settings, but now worry about the constant putdowns that can take place through the web.

“There are kids that cry themselves to sleep each night because of it,” Brown continued. “Don’t be any part of bullying. Put a stop to it. Stand up for those that are being bullied. Tell a teacher, tell a parent. Put a stop to it.”

Andrew Quarless added to the effort, too, when he said, “dare to be different.”

The students, who sat in focused attention, participated fully with thoughtful questions. One young lady became particularly emotional when asking how one apologizes to someone for being a bully.

There were light moments, too. Brown chastised three students who were wearing Minnesota Vikings jerseys. Maybe Brown forgot that the state border was close by.

“How can we have three idiots in this crowd,” Brown said with a laugh.

Photo gallery: Tailgate Tour surprises Durand Middle & High School students


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Energy-filled event caps first day

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 15, 2015 – 9:25 am

150415-tour-day-one-650An electric atmosphere with more than 1,400 Packers fans capped the kickoff day of the Packers 10th anniversary Tailgate Tour Tuesday night at the Dunn County Fairgrounds Ice Arena in Menomonie.

The event benefited the Bridge to Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Bridge to Hope aims to empower those who have been affected by violence, provide options and give support to individuals for a fresh start.

“It was awesome seeing the community coming together,” said Naomi Cummings, executive director at Bridge to Hope. “The joy at the event and the happiness was outstanding.”

After the fanfare-filled entrance, the group, led by Mark Murphy, spoke to the fans about a variety of topics and answered questions. Everything was game, including the upcoming season, rules changes and favorite players.

Fans can expect to learn some interesting tidbits about the players during the sessions. And in a humorous way.

Photo Gallery: Menomonie tailgate party

For instance, when players were asked about when they started playing football, Gilbert Brown had a lighthearted way of saying he had to wait until high school to begin.

“I was too fat for little league,” he said, to the laughter of the audience. “Something about being safe for the other players. They wouldn’t let me play. I played in high school.”

Micah Hyde spoke about his disappointment in how rules changes seem to benefit the offense.

“You can’t even touch the receivers,” he said.

In addition to the money raised, the awareness garnered for the hosting nonprofits by the Tailgate Tour parties in the local community is as valuable. That was certainly the case for Bridge to Hope as well.

“It was awesome to put the word out in the community about what we do,” said Cummings.

Day 2 of the tour awaits!


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Surprise for the veterans

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 14, 2015 – 4:04 pm

blog-veteransResidents at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls were preparing for a visit from an unknown guest when the team from the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour walked in and offered hearty hellos.

That’s a nice surprise on what was to be a relatively ordinary Tuesday afternoon for the 59 veterans who make their residence at this beautiful facility that opened in 2013.

The tour team appreciated the visit with the residents, which included 23 veterans who served in World War II.

After a welcome gathering that included a question-and-answer session, the players had the opportunity to serve afternoon food and desserts, as well as take in some games, including bean bag toss. Some the contests seem to spark the competitive spirit of Bill Schroeder and Gilbert Brown.

Jerry Kramer enjoyed hearing stories from one elderly veteran about his favorite player, Don Hutson.

Mark Wilson, the commandant of the facility and a veteran himself, took in the activity with a smile.

“What joy this visit has brought,” he observed. “These moments will live on in scrap books for years to come. It was great for these guys to do this.

Photo gallery: Packers meet with Wisconsin veterans on Tailgate Tour

blog-veterans-2For Andrew Quarless, who spends much of his regular work time receiving passes from Aaron Rodgers, some of today’s session was about receiving the veterans stories, about their service and also how much they enjoy being fans of the Packers.

“It was fun to hear about their experiences as a fan, all the different stories they had,” he said. “Especially some of the older veterans stories about Vince Lombardi.”

Quarless appreciated even more the opportunity to meet the veterans and offer his thanks.

“I’ve never met a World War II vet. It was incredible to see so many here and speak to them.”

The Tailgate Tour team is experiencing some down time before the first tailgate party of the tour at the Dunn County Fairgrounds to benefit the Bridge to Hope.


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This is Andrew Quarless with your morning announcements

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 14, 2015 – 11:01 am

quarless-announce-300Instead of regular morning announcements by a member of the staff, more than 760 students at Shawano Community High School heard tight end Andrew Quarless read through the day’s important notes. Most importantly, he revealed this year’s prom court.

“It was cool,” remarked Quarless. “Some of those names were hard, though.”

Quarless then invited the students to the gymnasium where they spoke about the importance of respect – for fellow students, staff and community.

Later, during a question-and-answer session, Micah Hyde received an invitation from a student to the aforementioned prom.

“I’ll get back to you,” Hyde said with a laugh.

Across the commons, Mark Murphy, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer, spoke with about 30 members of the local Rotary and Optimist Clubs.

Photo gallery: Tailgate Tour opens at Shawano High School

The Tour continues west toward Menomonie.


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10th Annual Packers Tailgate Tour shoves off

Posted by Aaron Popkey on April 14, 2015 – 10:21 am

tailgate-tour-300The 10th Annual Packers Tailgate Tour is underway. On the bus this year are Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, current players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder, in addition to legends alumni Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

Photo gallery: Packers set off on 2015 Tailgate Tour

More than $1.6 million has been raised over the previous nine years of the tour with funds this year being raised for nonprofits at tailgate parties in Menomonie, (April 14), Prairie du Chien (April 15), Baraboo (April 16), Elkhorn (April 17) and Sheboygan (April 18).

“I’m looking forward to being back on the tour,” said Gilbert Brown, who is enjoying his second tour. “I always enjoy seeing the fans…and eating the meals.”


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Former Packers HB, Johnny Papit, dies

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 10, 2015 – 4:32 pm

Former halfback Johnny Papit, one of the oldest living Packers, died earlier this week. He was 86.

Papit played in just four games for the Packers in 1953, rushing six times for 44 yards and a TD.

A Philadelphia native and a college star at the University of Virginia, Papit was originally a seventh-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins in 1951. Over parts of three seasons with the Redskins, Papit had 89 rushing attempts for 335 yards, plus seven receptions for 123 yards and a TD.

 


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Former Packers 1,000-yard rusher, Terdell Middleton, dies

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 6, 2015 – 11:06 am

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Former Packers RB Terdell Middleton, who topped 1,000 yards rushing as a second-year player in 1978, died late last week. He was 59.

After he was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round in 1977, Middleton was acquired by the Packers via trade. In his second season, he rushed for 1,116 yards and 11 TDs, becoming the fourth 1,000-yard rusher in Packers history, joining Tony Canadeo, Jim Taylor and John Brockington.

Middleton’s 1,000-yard rushing season in 1978 was Green Bay’s first since Brockington in 1973, and the Packers wouldn’t have another one until Edgar Bennett cracked 1,000 in 1995, making Middleton’s the only 1,000-yard rushing season for the Packers in a two-decade span.

Still, just months after Middleton’s breakthrough season in 1978, the Packers used their first two draft picks in 1979 on running backs (Eddie Lee Ivery and Steve Atkins). Middleton rushed for only 831 yards over his final four seasons in Green Bay.

The Memphis native played in college at Memphis as well. He is one of nine 1,000-yard rushers in Packers history. Since Bennett in ’95, the others have been Dorsey Levens, Ahman Green, Ryan Grant and Eddie Lacy.


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Packers’ offseason workout, OTA dates announced

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 2, 2015 – 3:43 pm

GREEN BAY — The NFL announced the offseason workout, OTA and minicamp dates for all teams, and the Packers will begin their offseason program on April 20.

Following a month of strength-and-conditioning and individual-position workouts, the Packers will have three weeks of OTAs that cover the last week of May and first two weeks of June. The offseason will wrap up with the mandatory minicamp from June 16-18.

First day: April 20
OTAs: May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12
Mandatory minicamp: June 16-18

 


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LB Jamari Lattimore signs with Jets

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 1, 2015 – 4:35 pm

The New York Jets have announced the signing of former Packers LB Jamari Lattimore as an unrestricted free agent.

Lattimore played the last four seasons for the Packers as a special-teams regular and part-time starter on defense. He made the team in 2011 as an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State, beginning his pro career as an outside linebacker before moving inside.

In 2012, Lattimore was voted one of two special-teams captains for the playoffs. He recorded 23 coverage tackles over his four seasons. On defense, he had two sacks in 2013 and snagged his first career interception in 2014.

For the Packers’ updated roster, click here.

 


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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to appear on Jeopardy!

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 1, 2015 – 11:12 am

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will appear on Celebrity Jeopardy! on May 12. The episode was taped on Tuesday, and Rodgers will appear along with Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and retired astronaut Mark Kelly. O’Leary tweeted the accompanying photo, which includes Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, after the filming of the episode.

Rodgers has often mentioned in interviews he’s a fan of the show and has watched it for years.

 


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