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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     

History

Don Hutson - Class of 1963
End/Defensive Back (1935-45)
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Credited with inventing pass patterns, Don Hutson wasn't just the best receiver of his era, he's on the short list for greatest receiver of all time and is arguably the most outstanding player in Green Bay Packers history.

After a collegiate career at Alabama, Hutson came to the Packers in 1935 and began what would be an 11-season career. In that span, Hutson caught 99 touchdown passes, which was an NFL record until Steve Largent caught his 100th TD in 1989.

But if many of the 18 NFL records Hutson held at the time of his retirement have been rewritten since, over 60 years after he hung up his cleats and more than 40 years following his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, several of his NFL-leading standards remain intact.

Hutson led the league in receptions eight times, including five consecutive seasons (1936-37, 1939, 1941-45). He led the league in receiving yards seven times, including four consecutive seasons (1936, 1938-39, 1941-44). He led the league in touchdown receptions nine times, including five consecutive seasons (1935-38, 1940-44). All of those achievements remain NFL records.

Meanwhile, Hutson's four 200-yard receiving games are second only to Lance Alworth's five. And Hutson's two 200-yard games in one season, accomplished in 1942, is an achievement bettered by only Charley Hennigan (three in 1961).

In terms of the Packers' record book, Hutson not only holds the standard for receptions in a game (14, against the New York Giants, Nov. 22, 1942), he's also runner-up on that list (13, against the Cleveland Rams, Oct. 18, 1942).

And Hutson's four-touchdown receiving effort against the Detroit Lions, Oct. 7, 1945, is a feat twice matched by Sterling Sharpe, but never bettered. Nor is any Packers player close to Hutson's collection of six three-touchdown receiving games.

Hutson, who also kicked seven career field goals and 172 extra points, even remained the Packers' all-time leader with 823 points until Ryan Longwell surpassed him in 2003.

Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 183 pounds, Hutson twice earned the NFL's Joe F. Carr Trophy as its most outstanding player, doing so in 1941 and 1942 (the Associated Press MVP award didn't come into existence until 1957). Hutson was a consensus All-Pro five times (1939, 1941-44).

But he wasn't just an offensive player. In addition to his receiving and kicking duties, like most players of that era Hutson also played defense.

A member of three NFL title teams (1936, 1939, 1944), in the first half of his career Hutson was a favorite target of Arnie Herber, who was taking Curly Lambeau's passing game to new heights. Cecil Isbell and Irv Comp also enjoyed seasons throwing to Hutson.

But Hutson was dangerously close to spending his career away from the pass-happy Packers. Coming out of Alabama, Hutson actually agreed to contracts both with the Packers and the Brooklyn Dodgers, a run-oriented club. Both teams claimed Hutson as their own, but NFL President Joe Carr awarded Hutson to the Packers on the grounds that their contract with the speedy receiver was postmarked 17 minutes earlier.

As a rookie, Hutson received a weekly game check of $300. Green Bay had only two banks at the time, and with the nation hit hard by the Great Depression, both banks had to write him a weekly check of $150 to cover the salary.

It didn't take long for Hutson to make an impact. Making his first start in the second game of his career, Hutson's first career reception went for an 83-yard touchdown from Herber on the first play of the game in a 7-0 win over the Chicago Bears (Sept. 22, 1935).

Hutson's legacy was preserved over a series of events. First, in 1951, Hutson's uniform number 14 became the first to be officially retired by the Packers. In 1970, Hutson was named to the NFL's All-50-Year Team. And in 1994, he was named to the NFL's All-Time Two-Way team and 75th Anniversary team.

Also in 1994, the Packers dedicated their state-of-the-art indoor practice facility in Hutson's name (July 18, 1994). Hutson was on hand for the dedication of the $4.7 million facility that includes 70- and 60-yard fields with 10-yard end zones.

Donald Montgomery Hutson, born Jan. 31, 1913, in Pine Bluff, Ark., died June 26, 1997, at the age of 84.

ReceivingRushing
YearGNoYdsAvgLGTDNoYdsAvgTDTot. TD
1935 (GB)91842023.383t*66223.70*7
1936 (GB)12*34*53615.858t*81-3-3.00*9
1937 (GB)11*4155213.578t*714261.90*7
1938 (GB)1032*54817.154*93-1-0.30*9
1939 (GB)11*34*84624.992t65265.206
1940 (GB)114566414.836t*7000.007
1941 (GB)11*58*73812.745t*104225.52*12
1942 (GB)11*74*1,21116.473t*17341.30*17
1943 (GB)10*47*77616.579t*116416.80*12
1944 (GB)10*58*86614.955t912877.30*9
1945 (GB)10*4783417.775t98607.5110
NFL Totals (11 years)1164887,99116.492t99622844.63105


Interceptions
YearIntYdsTD
1935 (GB)----0
1936 (GB)----0
1937 (GB)----0
1938 (GB)----0
1939 (GB)----0
1940 (GB)*6240
1941 (GB)1320
1942 (GB)7710
1943 (GB)8*1971
1944 (GB)4500
1945 (GB)4150
Totals303891


*Led NFL; Completed 1 of 11 passes (9.1 percent) for 38 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT; Returned 5 kickoffs for 45 yards; Scored 823 points (including 7-for-17 on FG attempts and 172-for-183 on PAT attempts)

Hutson Highlights

Most Passes Caught
Season: 74, 1942
Game: 14, at NYG, Nov. 22, 1942

Most Touchdown Passes
Career: 99 (11 seasons)
Season: 17, 1942
Game: 4, vs. Detroit, Oct. 7, 1945

Most Yards Gained Catching Passes
Career: 7,991 (11 seasons)
Season: 1,211, 1942
Game: 237, at Brk., Nov. 21, 1943

Longest Reception
92 yards, vs. ChiC, Oct. 8, 1939

Shortest Completed Pass
4 inches, vs. Brk., Nov. 21, 1943

Scoring
Points, Career: 823 (11 seasons)
Points, Season: 138, 1942
Points, Gm.: 31, vs. Det., Oct. 7, 1945
TD, Season: 17, 1942
TD, Game: 4, vs. Det., Oct. 7, 1945
PAT, Career: 172 (11 seasons)
Game: 7, vs. Det., Oct. 7, 1945