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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • 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.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

History

Ray Nitschke - Class of 1978
Linebacker (1958-72)
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The Vince Lombardi era is often remembered for its offense. But not to be forgotten is the part the Green Bay Packers' defense played in the franchise's five NFL championships and two Super Bowl titles in the 1960s.

Headlining that defensive effort was middle linebacker Ray Nitschke, who was regarded among his peers as the best of his generation.

A caring person off the field, on the field the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was ferocious. Teammate Bart Starr said Nitschke's opposing temperaments provided a "classic example of Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde."

A third-round selection in the 1958 draft, Nitschke played both linebacker and fullback at Illinois. In 1960, he became the Packers' regular starter at middle linebacker and flourished.

Although the Packers didn't track tackles until 1975, Nitschke was known to be a hard-hitter. His athleticism is demonstrated in his 25 career interceptions, including a personal best of four in the Packers' championship season of 1962.

In the Lombardi era (1959-67) the Packers defense gave up just over 262 yards and 15 points per game during the regular season. Meanwhile, in the playoffs the Packers defense allowed just over 12 points per game.

In the 1961 NFL Championship game, in which the Packers demolished the New York Giants, 31-0, Nitschke provided an interception that set up a Green Bay touchdown.

One year later, in the 1962 NFL Championship game, also against the Giants, Nitschke was named the game's MVP.

Among his heroics in the 16-7 win that day, Nitschke deflected a pass that allowed for a Packers interception, thwarting a Giants drive that had reached the Green Bay 10-yard line. He also recovered two fumbles, one of which led to the Packers' only touchdown, while the other set up a field goal.

Meanwhile, the Giants' only points came not from their offense, but special teams, blocking a Max McGee punt in the Green Bay end zone.

Four seasons later in Super Bowl I, Nitschke made six tackles including a sack. In Super Bowl II, his nine tackles led the team.

A consensus All-Pro in 1966, Nitschke was an Associated Press All-Pro five times (1962, '64-67).

Nitschke played what strangely enough was his only Pro Bowl in 1964, and made a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In 1970, Nitschke was named to the NFL's All-50 Year Team.

Following the 1972 season, Nitschke retired having played 190 games for the Packers, which is second in team history to only Bart Starr and Brett Favre. More than three decades later, his 20 career fumble recoveries remain second only to Willie Davis' 21.

In 1983, Nitschke's jersey number 66 was the fourth to be officially retired by the Packers.

In 1994, Nitschke was voted to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team.

In 1997, the Packers' east practice field, across Oneida Street from Lambeau Field, was named in Nitschke's honor.

Raymond Ernest Nitschke, born December 29, 1936, in Elmwood Park, Ill., died March 8, 1998, at the age of 61.