Tuesday, September 9th was the start of another fantastic football season as Lammi Sports kicked off its four football centric TV shows. Inside the Huddle (Season #12), Green Bay Nation (Season #3) and The Better Half (Season #3) will air throughout the entire NFL season throughout the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Chicago Huddle, staring top Bears including All Pro Matt Forte airs throughout Illinois as well as parts of Indiana and Iowa.
Tuesday also marked the debut of Lammi Sports Management’s newest media property, Tauscher and Kuhn. The show, which is co-produced by Packer Legend Mark Tauscher and Packers fan favorite John Kuhn, can be heard every other Tuesday on AM 620 WTMJ, Wisconsin’s Radio Station. Fans are welcome to attend the show, held at SURG on the water in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward.
September 17, 2014
On September 7th, SURG on Water hosted Milwaukee television and radio personalities joined by Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packer stars as they showcased their Ping Pong skills for charity.
The Ping Pong Challenge for Charity featured supers star athletes such Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, Randall Cobb and more. One side of the bracket consisted of Brewers’ players and the other side featured Packers’ players, to set up an exciting Brewer-Packer final. The final match was played by Brewer Pitcher Will Smith and Packer Randall Cobb. Cobb, showed who is the king in Wisconsin, with a convincing 21-5 win.
Throughout the night, guests bid on fabulous silent auction prizes and then after the championship game, a live auction raised even more dollars to benefit charity. Proceeds of the event went to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
August 15, 2014
Green Bay's All-Time Leading Receiver, Super Bowl Champion, Dancing with the Stars Champion and New York Times Best-Selling Author Donald Driver will add another notch to his resume: Miss America judge.
Driver is among the seven celebrity judges who will help crown Miss America 2015. He will join TV writer/producer Marc Cherry, model and marketing firm owner Kathy Ireland, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, retired Brigadier General Anne Macdonald, actress and 1955 Miss America Lee Meriwether and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.
The finale night will be nationally televised on Sept. 14.
August 5, 2014
If anyone knows a strong candidate that would like to join our team, please let us know, thank you!
Administrative Manager & Executive Assistant
Lammi Sports Management is looking for an experienced, full-time Administrative Manager & Executive Assistant with the following position responsibilities to join our dynamic team:
Television and Radio commercial traffic
Travel booking for athletes and employees
Charitable and community partnerships detail facilitation
Bookkeeping and light accounting
Human Resource logistics
Executive Assistant to CEO including scheduling, correspondence and details administration
Occasional account follow up for sports clients
General Office Management
Qualifications: Experience with some or all of position responsibilities, detail-oriented, past media or sports experience a plus.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Benefits include: Profit sharing, retirement match program, health benefits, paid vacation, exciting and fast paced environment, sports perks!
Lammi Sports Management today announced the appointment of Keith Harmon as Vice President of Partnership Development. Harmon brings nearly 20 years of broadcast sales experience to Lammi Sports Management and will immediately focus on forming partnerships within the company’s newest media properties including the “Tauscher & Kuhn” radio show and a new Donald Driver radio partnership, to be announced.
Harmon comes to Lammi Sports Management from Journal Radio Networks, where he was a Sports Account Manager building partnerships across the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers Radio Networks, as well as the Green Bay Packers Television Network.
“Lammi Sports Management is excited and honored to have Keith Harmon join our team,” said Brian Lammi, Founder and CEO of Lammi Sports Management. “Keith is the sports media ‘dean’ for building quality partnerships and life-long relationships. With our newly created ‘Tauscher & Kuhn’ radio show, and an expanding profile of sports media and sports events throughout the Midwest and nationally, Keith will be an ideal addition to our organization.”
“I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Lammi Sports Management for a number of clients over the years,” Harmon said. “Lammi Sports is known for their professionalism, partnership, purpose and creativity. I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Lammi Sports team and together, building our business in Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities.”
Harmon attended the University of Wyoming where he studied communications and currently resides in Wauwatosa with his wife and daughters.
The Green Bay Packers signed star wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a contract extension Saturday.
The Packers have not disclosed terms of the deal, but a league source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Nelson signed a four-year extension worth $39 million.
"It's exciting, obviously it's something everyone wants to get done, especially like I said a while back about training camp," Nelson said. "My wife and I are excited to be here, and hopefully I'll be able to finish my career here, finish this out and be done."
Nelson's new deal also includes an $11.5 million signing bonus, the source told Schefter.
"Jordy's hard work and dedication has made him a good player, teammate and a core member of this team," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. "We are pleased to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career."
The 29-year-old Nelson is coming off the most productive season of his career in 2013, when he had 85 catches for 1,314 yards -- both career highs -- and eight touchdowns.
"Jordy Nelson is an outstanding football player and a great ambassador for the Green Bay Packers," said coach Mike McCarthy. "Obviously an excellent family man. It's something that everybody's excited about and [I'm] glad to see Jordy will be here for some time. I was just made aware of it on the field. Hey, Jordy's so consistent and he shows up each and every day, performs at a very high level consistently and he's the ultimate pro."
McCarthy said he found out about the deal midway through practice, when Thompson came up and told him.
"It's fun to see Jordy re-sign for four more [years]," said quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "I told him that that's five for him and I've got six left, so we're going to have to do one more after that and stick around a little bit longer."
July 22, 2014
Lammi Sports Management is launching a new radio show featuring two Wisconsin fan favorites, Mark Tauscher and John Kuhn. Presented by Associated Bank, the “Tauscher and Kuhn” show will air on 620 WTMJ from noon to 1 p.m. on eight select Tuesdays from September-December.
“Tauscher and Kuhn” will feature the former and the current Green Bay Packers players discussing current events, pop culture and more. While the duo will cover select sports topics, “Tauscher & Kuhn” is not a sports show.
“Mark and I are about so much more than football and that’s exactly why we created this show,” Kuhn said. “We want to give the fans a better sense of who we really are when we step off the field. Now, that’s going to be a blessing and a curse because Mark is one of the most opinionated people I have ever met. I know I’m going to have my hands full trying to keep him in check.”
"One of my favorite things while playing in the NFL was debating and arguing a wide range of topics in the locker room,” Tauscher said. “John was and is always ready for a lively discussion, so I am looking forward to bringing our unique perspectives to the airwaves and having lots of fun along the way.”
July 14, 2014
Fantasy football players are invited to join Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame running backs Ahman Green and Dorsey Levens at Milwaukee’s Largest Fantasy Football Draft Party hosted by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino August 28. Fantasy leagues will be able to host their drafts at the free event inside Potawatomi’s state of the art Event Center, while also getting the chance to consult with fantasy draft experts. Guests will receive free gift bags, draft cheat sheets and get the opportunity take pictures with Green and Levens. Maxim model and MTV personality April Rose and the Fox Sports Wisconsin Girls will also be in attendance and available for pictures.
Doors for the inaugural Draft Party will open at 4:00pm, with events beginning at 6:15pm and drafts running throughout the evening. Free Wi-Fi will be provided for attendees, along with seating for groups of up to 15 and power outlets at every table for laptops, phones and tablets.
“I know Wisconsinites are some of the most passionate football fans in the world,” Green said. “So I’m expecting to see that room packed with green and gold. I’m excited to be a part of Milwaukee’s Largest Draft party and hope I can pass along a little bit of my football knowledge and help people make some good picks.”
Interested groups must register their league prior to the event at www.paysbig.com/Fantasy. With space for up to 500 participants, the free event is expected to be the largest of its kind in the Midwest.
“Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is going to help make this a fantasy football draft party like none other,” said casino Assistant General Manager of Marketing Thomas Malloy. “Between great food, a rocking atmosphere, celebrity guests and more, fantasy footballers are going to want to make sure they are here to draft their teams.”
Milwaukee’s Largest Fantasy Football Draft Party is free of charge and open to leagues with team owners ages 21 and over. The event is only open to leagues hosting their drafts, not individual players.
Exclusive food and drink specials will be available and each attendee will be entered to win great prizes including tickets, flat screen televisions and more. To register, go to www.paysbig.com/Fantasy.
July 7, 2014
Congrats to Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy on his selection to the 2014 National League All-Star Team! A well-deserved honor for a guy having a MVP-like season. Fans can catch One on One with Jonathan Lucroyevery week right here.
July 2, 2014
SURG on the Water will host a charitable ping pong competition between Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and local media personalities the evening of Sunday, September 7 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This will be the first annual event SURG hosts for Children’s.
Presented by SURG Restaurant Group, Associated Bank, Kohl’s Department Store, Beer Capitol, Gruber Law Offices and Lammi Sports Management, the event will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in SURG’s luxury private event space located at 102 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. A limited number of tickets are available to the public and can be purchased through the event website, http://www.pingpongchallengeforcharity.com/.
$250 exclusive admission passes to the event include a VIP pass to watch the tournament and mingle with the players, an open bar with high end spirits, Kobe Beef sliders and other premium appetizers, a live DJ, as well as access to an exclusive auction with items and experiences donated by the sports stars in attendance.
On a Milwaukee Brewers team filled with unabashed free swingers, Jonathan Lucroy is a definite aberration.
The fifth-year catcher works counts, willingly draws walks and sprays the ball from foul line to foul line.
As a result, Lucroy has been a perfect fit as the No. 3 hitter — a spot owned by Ryan Braun since Lucroy arrived in Milwaukee in 2010 — in a Brewers lineup that, since being shuffled by manager Ron Roenicke about three weeks ago, has been among the most potent in the National League.
"He's been the most consistent hitter we have," Roenicke said of Lucroy, who had at least one hit in each of the first five games of Milwaukee's current eight-game road trip, which concludes with three games against the New York Mets at Citi Field beginning Tuesday.
"Part of that is because of the approach he has. He's not a wild swinger like we know a lot of our guys are. He's a guy that will hit to all fields. He uses the other field very well and if you look at every other third and fourth hitter, all the good ones really use the whole field well. He stays on pitches well, so he doesn't chase pitches too much out of the zone.
"He's a tremendous offensive player."
After collecting three of the Brewers' four hits in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Sunday, Lucroy was looking up at just two players in the NL — Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki and Los Angeles' Yasiel Puig — with a .335 average.
He also was tied for second in the majors with 23 doubles and on a pace to surpass Lyle Overbay's team record of 54. He is also among the league leaders with 24 multi-hit games, 75 hits and a .398 on-base percentage.
It's been a steady ascent for Lucroy, who thanks mostly to that offense, is consistently being mentioned in the same breath as St. Louis' Yadier Molina and San Francisco's Buster Posey as one of the top catchers in the NL.
He hit .253 with four homers and 26 RBI in part-time duty in 2010 before jumping to .265/12/59 in his first full year as a starter in 2011. A broken hand cost him what could have been a breakout season in 2012, when he finished at .320/12/58 in 96 games, but last season his .280/18/82 made him among the most productive catchers in the game offensively.
Lammi Sports Management today announced the appointment of Rebecca Cameron Valcq (Becky Valcq) as General Counsel, effective June 16, 2014. Ms. Valcq most recently served as Regulatory Counsel at We Energies during a distinguished 15 year career. Ms. Valcq was recently named one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”; an award given to 40 Milwaukee-area individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities.
“I have been blessed to know Becky and her family for a long time. Becky is an enormously talented, driven, compassionate person with the highest level of integrity and character, and she will be an invaluable asset for our organization,” said Brian Lammi, Founder & CEO of Lammi Sports Management. “Becky’s legal acumen, business strategy and charitable leadership experience will benefit our company overall, and specifically in our growing business units of event services, consulting and community partnerships. Donald Driver and I are also excited that Becky will be a driving force in building upon the successful efforts of the Donald Driver Foundation.”
Ms. Valcq’s former corporate responsibilities included litigating on behalf of We Energies in front of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the Michigan Public Service Commission to obtain regulatory approvals for matters such as changes in energy rates and construction of new generating facilities. She advised company management on areas of compliance as well as the impact of pending and newly enacted legislation.
Ms. Valcq serves on the Board of Trustees for the Columbia College of Nursing and on the Board of Directors for Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast and the Milwaukee Art Museum Friends of Art. She also serves on the United Way Teenage Pregnancy Prevention oversight committee, the President’s Advisory Council for Mount Mary University, and as a member of Marquette University Law School’s Diversity Recruitment Committee. Ms. Valcq is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee and the Hispanic Lawyers Association.
Attorney Valcq received her B.A. in political science and Spanish from Drake University and her Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School where she was President of the Association for Women in Law. She is a member of the Wisconsin, and American Bar Associations, as well as the Association for Corporate Counsel.
May 29, 2014
The Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game presented by Kwik Trip is less than two weeks away and the teams have started to come together. It will be the offense against the defense when the game starts at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 8 at Fox Cities Stadium.
Players already confirmed to join Nelson on the offensive team are Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy and Josh Sitton. Tramon Williams and Mike Daniels will be among the stars to suit up for the defense.
The 2013 game - hosted by Donald Driver - finished with the defense winning 24-20.
"There has been a lot of trash talking already. Everyone is looking forward to going out there and playing for bragging rights in the locker room; the defense won last year so this year is pretty much a must win for me and the offense," said Nelson.
"More importantly, we're all excited to raise money for a great cause in Young Life," Nelson continued. "My teammates and I always receive such tremendous support from the community. This game is a fun way for us to give back."
The Jordy Nelson Charity Softball game benefits Young Life, an organization for middle, high school and college students that pairs them with adults focused on the things that matter most to kids - fun, adventure and friendship. Founded in 1941, Young Life has more than 3,000 staff and 30,000 volunteers reaching more than 1,000,000 kids annually.
There are a limited number of $12 general admission grass seats remaining for the game. Fans may order tickets in one of the following ways: Over the phone at 800-WI-TIMBER or (920) 733-4152; in person at the Fox Cities Stadium Box Office; or online at www.timberrattlers.com. The Timber Rattlers box office is open from 9am until 5pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays.
May 20, 2014
The NFL Network unveiled their first group of its annual Top 100 list of players in professional football and a familiar face checked in at No. 83.
Green Bay's top wide receiver, Super Bowl Champion and Lammi Sports client Jordy Nelson was named to the list today and was the first receiver to be unveiled thus far. Nelson had a strong season in 2013 recording career-highs in receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314).
Another member of the Green and Gold joined Nelson in the unveiling Tuesday: RB Eddie Lacy. The 2nd round pick out of Alabama earned the 2013 rookie of the year award after rushing for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries last season.
Donald Driver didn't just make an impact in the NFL, but he did off the field as well. Growing up as a kid Donald and his family faced tough times. Driver took that adversity and used it as motivation to create a better life for himself. Football fans know the mark he left not only in Green Bay, but throughout the league. The four time Pro Bowler helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV in 2011 as Green Bay beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.
The Green Bay Packers Receiving Yards All-Time Leader also won the Ed Block Courage Award. This award is given to players, who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage. Driver continued to inspire people when he created the Donald Driver Foundation in 2001. The foundation helps families find homes, assists in educating kids, and helps recognize those people who do wonderful things in their community.
Driver is an accomplished author as well. His book "Driven" was on the New York Times Best Sellers list. He has also written three children's books. Each book focuses on a challenge a kid or an adult may experience in life. He will have another children's book out later this year called "Quickie Handles a Bully."
Art Eddy: Many players who get drafted in the late rounds have chip on their shoulder. How much of a factor was that for you to prove that to the teams that passed on you that they made the wrong choice picking someone else?
Donald Driver: In 1999 when I got drafted that was the first thing I did. Teams told me that they were thinking about drafting me the first day. Then they would say we would draft you the second day and you shouldn't go no later than the fourth round.
So when all these teams are calling you to tell you that they are going to draft you, but you sit there during the draft at home with your family and the first day goes by and you don't get picked up. The next day comes and you don't get picked up again and you basically think your career is over.
Now you have to go and find a normal job. I had that chip on my shoulder. When the Green Bay Packers called me in the seventh round after 32 receivers got taken before me I just wanted to prove to the league and to the other teams that they made the wrong choice. They should have drafted me earlier. The Green Bay Packers took a chance on me and that is why I was able to retire with them and give them a legacy instead of another team.
AE: Can you describe your emotions and memories from your first NFL game?
DD: Oh wow. My first memory that I actually made it in the NFL was our first family night scrimmage in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I remember Brett (Favre) sitting down with me and telling me that this wasn't Alcorn State University where you only have 20,000 people. It is going to be about 60,000 people in those stands.
I remember walking out that tunnel just for that family night scrimmage, offense versus defense and there were 57,000 fans in the stands. They were yelling and screaming. From there I was just going nuts. I remember Brett and I walking out of the tunnel and he said to me, 'Hey Drive, welcome to the NFL.'
I had an amazing practice that week. I was catching everything. I think from there it solidified my opportunity to make it on the Green Bay roster.
Green Bay's All-Time Leading Receiver, Super Bowl Champion and New York Times Best-Selling Author Donald Driver recently reached another milestone. Driver, or appropriately @Donald_Driver80, officially hit 1 million Twitter followers on Wednesday. Driver joins an exclusive club of celebrities, athletes and politicians who reach users from all over the world through the popular social media site. Congratulations on another remarkable achievement, Donald!
The Donald Driver Driven to Achieve Awards got off to a rousing start Saturday with a packed ballroom of Milwaukee-area business executives and an enthusiastic performance by national music icon Gladys Knight.
Driver, a former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, teamed with BMO Harris Bank to launch the awards program to honor local and national community efforts. Seven people were honored at the event and more than $200,000 was donated to various charities. Other major sponsors included MillerCoors and Jockey International.
The Wisconsin winners were Patti Gorsky, president of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin; Lynda Kohler, president of Sharp Literacy Inc.; Laura Ziemer of Miracle League of the Lakeshore in Sheboygan; and John Bergstrom, chairman of automotive group Bergstrom Corp. The national honorees were Anthony Robles, of Make-A-Hero, and Knight. Robles won a 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being
born with only one leg.
“For years, the spotlight has been on me, but now I want to shine it on people who are making a difference in the community,” Driver said. “There are so many people out there making a difference every day and I want to honor their efforts.
“When you see these things it makes you fight and continue to fight so that you can give them an opportunity. Someone gave me an opportunity – and now it’s time for me to do that for someone else. And if I don’t do that, then I feel like I’m wasting my time on this earth.”
Driver and BMO executives said they intend to make the awards an annual event.
The many business executives in attendance included John Schlifske, CEO of Northwestern Mutual; John Daniels Jr., chairman emeritus of Quarles & Brady LLP; Brad Chapin, executive vice president of business banking for BMO Harris Bank; Tina Chang, chief executive officer of SysLogic Inc.; David Lubar, president of Lubar & Co.; Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee; Coreen Dicus-Johnson, president of the central market for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Vincent Lyles, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee; and Joel Brennan, president of Discovery World.
The highlights of the evening were a 30-minute performance by Knight, which included her hit “Midnight Train to Georgia,” along with a live auction that raised more than $80,000. In fact, eight guests, including Lubar, paid $2,000 each to throw a football to Driver on stage. They got to keep the autographed football.
Former Packers wide receive and Lammi Sports Management client James Jones said over the weekend that he'd 'love' to play for the Carolina Panthers, but apparently the interest wasn't mutual. Instead, Jones is now headed for Oakland.
The wide receiver signed with the Raiders on Monday, the team announced. According to ESPN.com, the contract is a three year, $11.3 million deal.
Jones will be heading back to the Bay Area where he grew up. The 29-year-old went to high school in San Jose and attended college at San Jose State before being selected by the Packers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is familiar with Jones. McKenzie was in the Packers front office for five seasons (2007-11) while Jones was in Green Bay.
In Oakland, Jones will join a receiving corps that includes Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes. Despite the quarterback troubles Oakland had in 2013, all three receivers managed to end the season with over 400 yards.
Jones has gone over the 400-yard mark in six of his seven career seasons, including last season, where he finished the year with a career-high 817 yards. In 2012, Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdown catches.
March 7, 2014
March 5, 2014
Most of the football world believes James Jones won't be back with the Green Bay Packers in 2014.
While the team has talked extension with Jordy Nelson, and the coach has sung the praises of Jarrett Boykin, Jones has heard nothing. His agent told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that general manager Ted Thompson didn't want him, though Jones dismisses that as a reporter twisting words.
Jones doesn't want to leave the Packers. What's unclear is if he has a choice in the matter.
"Honestly, I feel that there is a chance that I can be back, and then I honestly feel that there's a chance that I can't," Jones told Around The League on Tuesday from NFL Network studios. "This is the time where you just kind of wish that something would happen so you can know where you're going."
While Jones has waited to hear from the Packers, he fully admits he's taken a glance around the NFL landscape for teams in need of help at wide receiver, with two teams in mind: the Colts and the Chargers.
This Saturday, February 15, Green Bay Packers all-time leading wide receiver and New York Times bestselling author Donald Driver will be the feature of CBS’ nationally broadcast television show, “Game Changers.”
“Game Changers” showcases professional athletes who use their public image to make positive changes in the lives of people in need. The 30 minute program will include exclusive interviews with Driver about his journey from homeless youth to football star and highlight his decade-plus partnership with Goodwill Industries along with his own charitable work through the Donald Driver Foundation.
“I hope people are able to draw inspiration from my story,” Driver said. “I want people to realize that if I can do it, then they can do it too.”
Here's a short preview of the show featuring Donald:
Other athletes profiled by “Game Changers” include Chris Paul, Barry Sanders, Clayton Kershaw, Cal Ripken Jr and many more.
Green Bay's Super Bowl Champion WR James Jones helped kick off the "Defeat Hunger Bowl," in Wisconsin this week. Now in its second year, the month-long food drive
encourages everyone to donate non-perishable food items at participating Walmart stores.
Items donated will benefit local Feeding America food banks
in an effort to overcome hunger in Wisconsin.
"As a child, there were a lot of days where my family and I didn't have any food to eat," Jones said. "So I know firsthand how important this campaign is and the difference even one item of food can make in someone's life. I am honored to be a part of this campaign and hope all the Packers fans out there will join me to help out those in need."
On Tuesday, James did his part to promote the drive by making appearances at Walmart locations in Green Bay and Milwaukee. Jones spoke on the importance of the campaign's donations and the difference it makes in people's lives. "It's a year round thing that we're trying to tackle and we just hope people understand that and whenever they have an opportunity just donate."
The "Defeat Hunger Bowl" campaign runs January 8th - February 9th. The food drive, now active in four states across the country, has partnered with Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (Michigan), New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (Louisiana), and Jacksonville Jaguars Kicker Josh Scobee (Florida).
Click here for information about the Defeat Hunger Bowl and a list of participating Walmart locations.
He was one of the last players to emerge from the showers in the visiting Solider Field locker room. He pulled one sock on, tentatively. Then the other, painfully. Nine-year-old boys have gotten ready for morning school buses on Jan. 2 faster than Jordy Nelson got dressed after winning the NFC North championship.
On his Tuesday radio show, Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers revealed that Nelson was sick during the game against the Chicago Bears and throwing up on the bus ride home.
And yet Nelson seemed grateful for every Sunday night Week 17 ache and pain.
Even after that parting shot on fourth down where safety Major Wright put a lick on Nelson that knocked the receiver backward and sent the winning touchdown pass in the direction of Randall Cobb instead.
A year ago, Nelson was battling a hamstring injury midseason, an ankle injury after that and then an aggravated hamstring injury again in Week 13. It drove him nuts — he missed four full games — and he didn't need to say it. He wasn't around much to talk about it and when he was, he was terse in his answers.
Knee surgery sidelined him for most of training camp, but he kept fighting back. As quarterbacks and tight ends, teammates and friends dropped like flies around him, Nelson kept marching through the hills and the valleys of 2013, not once landing on the injury list.
Now he has 1,314 receiving yards, a career best, surpassing his 1,263 from the 2011 season.
"It's been great just to play every game. Numbers will happen if you get to play 16 of them," Nelson said. "Last year was a struggle for multiple reasons — I never experienced that before. This year has been great, I've been healthy, haven't missed anything and knock on wood, hopefully it stays that way.
"It's been fun — it's been up and down — but it's been fun. It makes it that much more enjoyable now that we've made the playoffs."
Nelson is 10th in the NFL in receiving yards, and his 22 catches of 20 yards or more are tied for fourth best.
He had a big day Sunday but was overshadowed by the return of Aaron Rodgers and Cobb. Nelson caught 10 passes for 161 yards, one shy of his career high of 162, and was targeted by Rodgers more than anyone.
After the game, he was mostly asked about everyone else.
"It probably was hard for him to come back after being gone for so long but he made plays," Nelson said of Rodgers. "That's what we expected from him. We weren't going to give him a break just because he's been gone for a while. We needed him to come in and make plays right away. He did that, not only throwing the ball but getting us into some good plays. Making some checks to give us an opportunity to make plays."
But without a doubt, this was one of Nelson's greatest efforts, especially after he made a rare gaffe.
Rodgers whistled a pass to him in the second quarter, which Nelson did not secure. It popped up and was intercepted. Nelson was still in a discussion with receivers coach Edgar Bennett on the sideline when the Bears did nothing with the bonus possession, but Nelson played as if he knew he was lucky it didn't amount to anything.
"Drops are going to happen, you're not going to catch them all, and the ball is not coming soft," said receiver James Jones. "We want to catch every one, but you've got to have amnesia. You drop one, you come back and make a play — and that's what Jordy did."
So he went on a tear. In the fourth quarter, Nelson had a 34-yard, sideline catch on which he broke at least one, and maybe more, sure tackles. That led to the laser to Andrew Quarless and then a finishing touchdown run by Eddie Lacy to cut the Bears' lead to 28-27.
How many times Sunday did Nelson catch a low ball at his shins? One was on fourth down on that critical, game-winning final drive.
"He is as clutch as they get at the receiver position," backup quarterback Matt Flynn said. "He's got such strong, good hands. He's a smart player. And that catch he made on fourth down was kind of the testament to what he brings to the team and how he is as a player and a person. Big-time play. Big-time player."
Payback, for Nelson, really — to his own team.
"If you're dropping balls or balls are going off your fingertips and you're just not able to connect, its tough," Nelson said. "You don't want that because guys are relying on you and you're not making the plays. So you try to move on. It's hard but you move on. You've just got to focus. You try to catch every one. It's not like you think a little bit more about it. You just go out there and play."
The Packers have been asked — again — if this year reminds them at all of their 2010 playoff run. The answers vary, but to Nelson it's pretty simple. A No. 1 seed, as in 2011, or a No. 6 as in 2010, are the same.
"It's win or go home," he said. "I'd rather be 15-1 because it's a lot more enjoyable throughout the year, but you'll take it however you can get it, just winning the division. Especially having to do it in Chicago.
"We've seen over the last five years, as long as you get in the playoffs, anything can happen. So that's what you want, you want a shot. And we got it."
December 31, 2013
As the Packers' season continues into the postseason Lammi Sports' Green Bay properties will be with them every step of the way. This week, Randall Cobb, the star of Green Bay's exciting victory over Chicago, will host Inside the Huddle. Alongside WLUK's Sports Director Drew Smith, Cobb discussed his game-winning touchdown will looking ahead at Green Bay's Wild Card matchup against San Francisco.
Packers wide out James Jones joined WFRV's Leslie Spoon on Green Bay Nation this week to recap the thriller in Chicago, answer fan questions, look ahead at the 49ers and take a look at the latest viral sports videos.
December 23, 2013
Donald Driver stood before a group of families working to pull themselves out of homelessness. Eyes were glued on him, with people clinging to his every word.
Minutes earlier, Driver had stacked 50-pound boxes onto a dolly, pushed the haul up a ramp into the Star of Hope's Randy and Kathy Taylor Transitional Living Center and unloaded turkeys and hams into the facility's freezer so that some needy families would have one less thing to worry about this holiday season.
The food supplies, the $20,000 donation to the Star of Hope, the day spent making the rounds in his hometown, giving - he made a similar donation during a stop at Bible Way Baptist Church - are but a small portion of what Driver delivered on this day.
His presence. His heart. His story. Those count for so much more.
On Thursday, as Driver offered encouragement to those stuck in seemingly no-out situations or otherwise down on their luck, he did so with a passion that can't be manufactured.
Those moments take him to familiar places, to jagged memories. Rough times. Bad days. When his father was sent to prison. When his mother scrambled to feed her five children. When his family had no place to call home and spent nights wherever they could, including a month or so in a U-Haul parked underneath a bridge.
"Just knowing that he has been where you are … been through … can't tell you how much that means to us," said James Luaao, a Transitional Living Center resident. "You know that he knows."
'It's about giving'
On this day, Driver had a U-Haul in tow, a rental that he needed to pick up supplies for this one-day operation. But this wasn't a single mission or an annual endeavor for Driver.
And his mother, Faye Gray, says when Driver wants to do something like this, he simply makes it happen. Last-minute, spur-of-the-moment. Let's make it happen. Thursday was such a day.
"It's about giving," Driver said. "I don't do it for the recognition; I don't care if a camera crew is here or a photographer. I don't care for that. I do it because I am passionate about what my charity is all about."
He makes sure the crowd feels it.
"I was in the same situation you are in," he told them. "My mother was in your same situation. It's about where do you want your life to be? How to you want to be remembered? I want you to be successful."
Before Driver's impromptu speech that was part sermon, part inspirational message, Luaao joked that he was not happy Driver's Green Bay Packers had beaten his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Driver, in turn, ribbed Luaao, lamenting that he had not worn his Super Bowl ring from that 31-25 victory.
He is as comfortable in this environment as he is doing interviews on national television or pranking a Restaurant Depot employee into believing a scrawny newspaper reporter was a football star named Donald Driver.
Driver always has thrived in the spotlight.
He had a 14-year NFL career, all with Green Bay, and retired after last season as the storied Packers' all-time leading receiver.
Last year, Driver turned in a star performance of a different kind, as he and dance partner Peta Murgatroyd won Season 14 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Milwaukeeans will have the chance to see their favorite Green Bay Packers players spread some holiday cheer this Saturday on “A Green & Gold Christmas Special.” The hour-long special, presented by Kwik Trip, will air on CBS 58 Saturday at 7:00pm and feature Packers stars and their families doing various holiday activities around Wisconsin.
“A Green & Gold Christmas Special” includes appearances by: Donald Driver, turning on the “Lites” at Miller Valley and surprising donors at Goodwill; Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and others, reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas;” Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, taking disadvantaged kids and families holiday shopping; James Jones, blessing a family with a surprise Christmas gift package; Emily Nelson, sharing her favorite Christmas recipes; Mike Daniels’ fiancée,Heaven, a classically-trained singer, performing Christmas carols; and more.
More information on “A Green & Gold Christmas Special,” along with an exclusive sneak peek of Donald Driver surprising donors at Goodwill can be found here..
December 11, 2013
Green Bay's top receiver, Jordy Nelson, will make his "cartoon debut" tonight on NFL Rush Zone Season 3: Guardians Unleashed. Jordy's episode on the Emmy-Award nominated series will air on Nick Toons at 8:30pm ET.
The 20-episode series, co-produced by Nickelodeon and the NFL, continues the journey of Ishmael (Ish) and his hero friends, the Guardians, on their quest to protect the NFL and world from new and familiar villains. The series is based on NFL RUSH ZONE, the NFL's online world for kids and it has featured an assortment of NFL players and coaches.
Full-length episodes will be available on the Nick App, iTunes, VUDU and Amazon Instant Video after Jordy's episode premieres.
Brian Lammi, Founder and CEO of Lammi Sports Management, joined The Big Show on WSSP 1250 Wednesday during their 7th Annual 1250 Toy Drive for Children's Hospital. You can listen to Brian Lammi's interview in the media player below.
December 5, 2013
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November 15, 2013
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champion Jordy Nelson will host the annual Charity Softball Game at Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday, June 8. The offense and defense of the Green Bay Packers face each other starting at 1:05pm. Nelson is currently tied for 3rd in the NFC in touchdowns and 5th in the NFC for total yards for wide receivers.
Nelson has played numerous times in this Charity Softball Game, and he is excited to host the game this year. “It will be an honor to host the annual Charity Softball Game this year. I hope that the fans, my teammates and the Packers organization will continue to support this amazing community event that helps so many charitable causes. Everyone will see a great show this year, and of course, a victory for the offense!”
“We are extremely happy to have Jordy on board for this event and, at the same time, want to thank Donald for all of his time and support over the past six years,” Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav said. “This charity softball event is great for our community and we look forward to another sold out game.”
A record crowd of 9,010 were in attendance for the 2013 game – hosted by Donald Driver – that featured a 24-20 victory by the defense.
“Jordy Nelson is a great player and friend,” said Driver. “I am excited that he will be hosting the game this year. I want to thank all of the fans for their amazing support during the six years I hosted the game. Thank you to the Timber Rattlers and Packers organizations for supporting the game.”
Fans may purchase tickets for the game as part of a package starting Monday, November 18 at 10:00am. The ticket package includes three Timber Rattlers games and the Jordy Nelson game:
Sunday, June 8 – Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game
Sunday, June 29 – vs. Burlington Bees
Sunday, July 13 – vs. Quad Cities River Bandits
Sunday, August 24 – vs. Beloit Snappers
Prices for the packages are:
Premium Box Seat: $86
Box Seat: $70
Reserved Seat: $50
The first two rows of the seating bowl are the premium box seat option in this ticket package.
Individual tickets for the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game presented by Kwik Trip go on sale Thursday, November 21 at 10:00am. Tickets for the softball game are $50 for a premium box seat, $34 for a box seat, $23 for a reserved bleacher seat, and $12 for a general admission grass seat. There are also a limited number of patio tables available at $200. Patio tables seat four people and include waitstaff service and an autographed item from Jordy Nelson.
All You Can Eat Seats are available for $87 for the softball game only. These seats are located on the first base side of the stadium, include a ticket to the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game and an all-you-can eat picnic. These seats go on sale November 21.
Tickets to the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game are available in one of the following ways: Over the phone at 800-WI-TIMBER or (920) 733-4152; in person at the Fox Cities Stadium Box Office; or through the internet at www.timberrattlers.com. The Timber Rattlers box office is open from 9am until 5pm Monday through Friday.
November 7, 2013
Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Jordy Nelson has signed a multi-year, exclusive marketing extension with Lammi Sports Management. Since signing with Lammi Sports 19 months ago, Nelson has inked deals with Verizon, Milk DMI, Yamaha, Nike, Kohl’s Department Stores, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Bergstrom Automotive, Bellin Health Care Systems, WTMJ Radio, Inside the Huddle TV and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
“We are honored to continue our exclusive marketing relationship with Jordy, and we look forward to building on his successful marketing portfolio. As great of a player as Jordy is on the field, he is an even better person off the field.” – Brian Lammi
Packers top wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been guest blogging with Travel Wisconsin this fall. This month, Jordy shared some Milwaukee sports memories which included great steak dinners and the Human Hockey Puck. Here's an excerpt from Jordy's October blog post:
Living here you cannot help but cheer for other Wisconsin teams. It’s fun when everyone else is winning, especially the Brewers and Bucks. Living in Wisconsin has become like a little fraternity. Some of the athletes will come up to our Green Bay games and we go down to theirs. Meeting and spending time with the other guys makes it fun.
Donald Driver, whose memoir Driven releases on October 22nd, is excited to announce three new book signings in the state Wisconsin. Check out the signing locations below and click on the links for addtional information.
Donald Driver’s recently-completed partnership with Target was an overwhelming success, resulting in $5 million being given out to schools all across the country. Through the Give With Target program, which relied on votes from the public, thousands of schools received supplies they needed for their students to be successful in the classroom. One lucky school, Northside Elementary in Benson Minnesota, received the thrill of a lifetime—a live celebration with the Give With Target Class of 2013: Donald Driver, La La Anthony, Luke Bryan, Sophia Bush and Gabby Douglas.
While the Give With Target campaign is over, Donald will continue supporting education through the Donald Driver Foundation. Since its founding in 2001, the Donald Driver Foundation has given out more than $100,000 in scholarships, built computer labs at schools across the country, and provided thousands of underprivileged children with nourishment through the Blessings in a Backpack program.
September 24, 2013
September 24, 2013
Pre-orders of Donald Driver’s official memoir, “Driven,” propelled the book up to number seven on Amazon.com’s National Best Sellers list nearly a month before its release date of October 22.
“Driven” chronicles Driver’s life spent overcoming obstacles and refusing defeat. Driver recalls what it was like to go from living in a U-Haul trailer with his mom on the streets of Houston to earning a spot on the Packers roster and becoming the Green Bay Packers all-time leading wide receiver, Super Bowl Champion and winner of “Dancing with the Stars.”
For a limited time, people who pre-order Driver’s book will receive an autographed book plate along with a collector’s edition poster. Pre-orders of the book can be made through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Indiebound, and the iBookstore.
Earlier in his career, Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones might have complained about what happened in Sunday’s season opener at San Francisco, where he didn’t catch a single pass and was targeted only twice.
In fact, two years ago, when he caught only one pass for 1 yard in the opener against the New Orleans Saints, Jones did just that after playing a limited role.
“I’m not saying I want the ball every play,” Jones said after the 2011 opener. “But I think I deserve to be on the field more than I was.”
So it was reasonable to expect Jones to be a little sour after he was shut out against the 49ers. But perhaps in a sign of how much the seventh-year receiver has matured, Jones on Wednesday didn’t utter a word of anything that could be considered a complaint.
“There isn’t anything to yap about,” said Jones, who led the NFL with 14 touchdown catches last season. “We’re just trying to win. I’d be real unselfish if I came in here and had an attitude or something.”
Jones’ attitude was especially impressive given that he’s in a contract year, and it showed that he’s willing to be a leader, something he said he embraced last season.
“I think I took on that role last year once Greg (Jennings) and Donald (Driver), Greg got hurt and Donald wasn’t really into playing like that,” Jones said. “So I stepped into that role last year and just help any way I can. But most of all, just stay on the grind, lead by example, hard work (and) let the rookies see that.”
Jones played all 62 offensive snaps against the 49ers, and so did Jordy Nelson. But Nelson caught seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Randall Cobb, who played 53 of 62 plays, also caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jermichael Finley, who played all but three snaps, added five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.
“James didn’t get targeted as many times as we would have liked,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Obviously you got to try to give him the ball. But the way they were playing us, the ball was going to Jermichael and Randall a lot, and Jordy had a few more opportunities.
September 12, 2013
All season long InsideTheHuddle.TV is roling out show recaps, exclusive one on one interviews with Green Bay Super Stars Randall Cobb & Jordy Nelson, The Rex Report, the best road game info in The Traveler and more!
Neither a defender nor the sound of a whistle could stop Packers tight end Jermichael Finley.
Two passes, two nice catches on the run for Finley in practice Tuesday. After sidestepping defenders for extra yards, Finley kept right on going for the goal line each time even after coaches blew the plays dead.
By all accounts, Finley is having one of the best preseasons of his six-year NFL career in Green Bay - and that could spell more trouble for defenses trying to defend one of the toughest passing attacks in the league.
"He's a joy to coach,'' coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's a lot more mature. Physically he's in a place where he wants to be and he's having his finest training camp, I think it's clear cut.''
Last week against the Rams, Finley caught four passes for 78 yards in limited time during a 19-7 win over the Rams, including a 33-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers. Finley had 61 catches last year, setting a record for a Packers tight end.
At 6-foot-5, the athletic Finley sports a toned physique that could give safeties headaches over the middle. A perfectionist who wants to play every practice snap, Finley appears happy and confident, sure of his abilities.
"I'm in a great place. I've always been in a good place and what not, but now we've got the timing down and the chemistry, steps and
the coverage,'' he said this week.
"I'm feeling good out there, I'm moving well. What can you ask for more?''
Green Bay Packers All-Time Leading receiver, “Dancing with the Stars” Champion and long-time Lammi Sports Management client Donald Driver appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America today to announce a new partnership with leading global retailer, Target. The "Give with Target" campaign will donate up to $5 million to schools across the country this year, and $1 billion by 2015, to help ensure that teachers and students have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.
Beginning today, guests can visit Target's Facebook page to vote for a school of their choice per week. Once a school has received 25 votes, Target will donate $1 per vote, with a maximum donation of $10,000 per school. The campaign runs through Sept. 21, or until the full $5 million has been allocated.
Alongside Driver, Target has enlisted a team of celebrities to help get the word out to schools. Actress and television personality La La Anthony, country music recording artist Luke Bryan, award-winning actress and activist Sophia Bush, and two-time Gold Medal Olympic all-around champion
Gabrielle Douglas are joining as campaign spokespersons.
August 10, 2013
A recent study conducted by TicketCity ranked each NFL fan base on their overall engagement. The study is designed to identify the fan bases that engage the most frequently with their team both online and offline. TicketCity evaluated fans on a number of metrics which include average total attendance, average home attendance, average ticket price, and much more.
Green Bay Packers fans were ranked third with an overall score of 87.29 only behind the New England Patriots (89.64) and the Dallas Cowboys (100.00). Just behind Green Bay was the Chicago Bears fan base at number six with an overall score of 83.75. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan base ranked dead last in the study with an overall score of 52.22.
Lammi Sports Management brought together professionals from the sports, medical and media fields to present a successful Concussion Safety and Awareness event July 30th at Miller Park.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame running back Dorsey Levens joined doctors from Children’s Hospital, Froedert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin to educate over 200 attendees on how to successfully identify and manage concussions. Sports broadcaster Tom Pipines of Fox 6 Milwaukee was on hand to moderate and provide coverage of the event, helping generate part of the over 1,000,000 impressions garnered by the program.
August 2, 2013
July 25, 2013
Training Camp is underway! Don't forget to check out Inside the Huddle's 2nd Annual Training Camp Special hosted by Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson & WLUK's Drew Smith.
Our special gives you a complete look at Green Bay's practice schedule, tips for rookies, life in the dorms, advice from veterans, and more!
Check out our statewide broadcasting schedule to see when the Inside the Huddle Training Camp Special airs on a TV near you:
Milwaukee: WISN-12 Saturday July 27th 11:30pm
Green Bay: WLUK FOX 11 Saturday July 27th 9:30pm
Wausau: WJFW NBC 12 Saturday, July 27th 12:00pm Noon
La Crosse: WLAX FOX 25 Sunday July 28th 11:00am
Eau Claire: WEUX FOX 48 Sunday July 28th 11:00am
Madison: WMSN FOX 47 Sunday August 4th 9:30pm
July 5, 2013
Green Bay's leading receiver Jordy Nelson will star in a new Wisconsin fall tourism ad. The state Department of Tourism announced that Nelson and his wife, Emily, will appear in the commercial, directed by Wisconsin native Jerry Zucker.
You can read JSOnline's article on the Jordy Nelson announcement here.
July 2, 2013
The Sixth Annual Donald Driver Softball Game proved to be another great event for both fans and the game’s corporate partners alike. With a sellout crowd of over 9,000 fans taking in the action from Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin, the game’s partners saw activation through a number of different channels, including jersey sponsorships, creative in-game promotions, PA announcements, commercials airing on the stadium scoreboard, physical signage throughout the stadium and much more. In addition to the fans on hand to watch the game live, the event was also rebroadcast statewide on local affiliate networks in every major DMA.
Lammi Sports asked the event’s main corporate partners, Kwik Trip and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, to weigh in with their experience related to the game and get their thoughts on the event’s impact for their brand. Here’s what they had to say:
“Thanks to your team for another outstanding event. It takes a lot of work and we really appreciate how well you portray Kwik Trip’s image and your company compliments our mission statement. You do make a difference.” -Kwik Trip
“Partnering with Lammi Sports and the 2013 Donald Driver Charity Softball game provided a unique opportunity for Thrivent Financial to live out its mission of ‘inspiring generosity.’ With the Packer players scoring 16 home runs, Thrivent Financial generously contributed $3,200 to Feeding America through the “Home Runs for the Hungry” event. Our employees who participated in the game, both on-field and in the stands, had a wonderful time. Thank you Lammi Sports for your expertise and professionalism. And thank you to the Green Bay Packer players and Donald Driver for coming out to support such a worthy cause." -Thrivent Financial
June 26, 2013
Ryan Braun filmed another One on One with Ryan Braun this week. The 5-time All-Star talked about when he expects to come back from the disabled list; the incredible seasons of Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura; rookie Scooter Gennett’s impact; his plans for Summerfest and of course the 20th anniversary of the Racing Sausages. Check our local listing for the One on One with Ryan Braun Network in your area
June 20, 2013
One the weekend of June 7th and 8th, the community of Leonardville, Kansas played host to the 5th Annual Nelson’s Landing Benefit Golf Tournament, Poker Run and Auction.
Nelson’s Landing, owned by Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s parents, Alan and Kim, is the Leonardville restaurant that has made tradition out of the charitable weekend benefit.
Kick-off to the weekend festivities began Friday with an autograph signing by Nelson, always fan favorite. In past years, fans have traveled from as far as Oregon for a chance to meet the famous wide receiver.
Saturday the four-person scramble golf tournament began at the Leonardville Golf Course, while teams for the poker run departed at noon. The auction later closed out the festivities that night included several popular bids such as Green Bay Packers collectibles, a trip to a Packers home game, gift baskets and more.
This year proceeds from the benefit went to two recipients: Virginia Knopp and Haevyn Delanie Stoddard.
Knopp was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma in the summer of 2005. Despite being relatively symptom and pain free for the past eight years, her tumors have recently spread. She has been receiving chemotherapy since 2010, but her cancer has grown in size. Knopp has now developed congestive heart failure and is fighting for her life.
Stoddard, 10-months-old of Manhattan, KS, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and possible myocarditis in 2012 after living a healthy first four months of her life. After being placed on a ventricular assist device (VAD) to sustain her, she awaited a heart donation. Fortunately Stoddard was given a successful heart transplant in March of 2013, but has a long road to recovery ahead.
Alan and Kim Nelson were very pleased with the turnout for the benefit this past weekend and posted the following message to their website’s homepage:
“Wow!! What an awesome weekend! We had a wonderful turnout and even managed to get everything in before the rain!! Thank you to everybody who was part of the weekend! Remember if you didn't get the chance to donate or would still like to, you can mail or drop off money at Nelson's Landing! Please make your checks out to Nelson's Landing Benefit!”
For more information on how to donate, contact Nelson's Landing at (785) 293-5661.
June 17, 2013
A record crowd of 9,010 fans filed into Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI, today to see Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver, Super Bowl champion and “Dancing with the Stars” winner Donald Driver and over 20 current and former Green Bay Packers play in the 6th Annual Donald Driver Softball Game. The crowd is the largest ever in Fox Cities Stadium history and marks the third straight year the game has been sold out.
While the game is a fun event for fans, it is also an opportunity for the Donald Driver Foundation to help raise funds for a number of local charities. Before the game the Donald Driver Foundation made on-field check presentations to the following Wisconsin charities; $72,000 for Blessings in a Backpack – helping Wisconsin schools; $15,850 for the Greater Green Bay YMCA; $10,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin; $10,000 for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin; $3,200 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin; and $4,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.
“It’s an honor to be able to help so many deserving organizations,” said Donald Driver, “but none of it would be possible without the support of the fans and all of my Packer teammates who were out here with me today.”
Driver and his teammates from the Green Bay offense fell to their counterparts from the defense, 24-20.
June 16, 2013
Donald Driver made his way to the stage on Saturday at Titletown Brewing Co. in downtown Green Bay with thousands of fans cheering “We want Donald!” for the unveiling of a street named for him and his statue.
After 14 years as the Packers’ star wide receiver and retiring with the team he helped win the Super Bowl, he’s being thanked by the community for his charitable efforts.
Donald Driver Way is the new name of Pearl Street, the road running right into Titletown Brewery and is located in the heart of Green Bay's downtown. The famous receiver statue, originally dedicated 28 years ago in front of the old Packers Hall of Fame across the street from Lambeau Field, was also refurbished and unveiled in Driver’s likeness, outfitted in a No. 80 jersey and Driver’s black-and-white receiver gloves.
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt thought of the street naming a decade ago when Driver began to appear in the community. Schmitt chose the downtown location, away from the stadium district, to recognize Driver’s charitable efforts in addition his play on the field.
During the ceremony, Driver spoke to the crowd and made a lasting impression as he emotionally thanked Ron Wolf, the Packers' former general manager.
"Fourteen years ago, I would have never imagined I would be standing where I am today. But one man I honored at my retirement wasn't there to take the recognition for bringing me here today," he said.
For the former wide receiver, the support of his fans means so much. Driver says although he may not be playing anymore, Green Bay will always hold a special place in his heart.
Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver is excited to announce that for the very first time, Packers legends will be added to the rosters for the 6th annual Donald Driver Softball Game presented by Kwik Trip. Ahman Green, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and William Henderson are among the Green Bay legends who will join today's players on the field June 16th.
"Adding these guys to the mix will give fans the opportunity to see the different generations of Packers together on one field," Driver said.
The 6th annual game has already sold out, marking the third straight year the event has been a sell-out.
You can read the entire release announcing the new twist here.
June 7, 2013
Green Bay's Super Bowl Champion, All-Pro and 4-Time Pro Bowl Linebacker Clay Matthews was recently ranked 31st in NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013."
May 22, 2013
Hundreds of students in Grafton got a visit from a “Dancing With The Stars” champion Tuesday.
Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and “DWTS” champ Donald Driver visited John Long Middle School to congratulate students on a job well done.
Students of the school participated in the Goodwill “Pack ‘er Up” challenge, and took first place by collecting 78,000 donation items in 30 days.
Homelessness is a growing problem in the Green Bay area. Chances are someone you know is just a paycheck or two away from being out on the streets. Packers wide receiver James Jones has been there and is now using his celebrity status to change lives.
"My childhood growing up in the homeless shelter was lonely at times," said Jones.
Long before he won a Super Bowl, Packers player James Jones lived in a homeless shelter in California.
"It was difficult. It was hard. If you're not mentally tough, you can easily go the wrong direction," he said.
"He feels like God put him in that situation and made him deal with being homeless, because he knew that he could handle it," added Jones' wife, Tamika.
Now, James and Tamika are making difference in Brown County.
"Freedom House became near and dear to our hearts because when James went there, he noticed how they focused on keeping the families together. Some homeless shelters just focus on the parents, and the kids get lost in the shuffle," explained Tamika.
"To see him interacting with the parents and interacting with the children is just very powerful, and then they think to themselves, 'You know what? Maybe there's hope for me,'" said Freedom House President Robyn Davis.
64 families are currently on Freedom House's waiting list. 129 of those people are children.
"The loss of income whether it's from the loss of employment or divorce or abandonment of the bread winner, those things are still happening in our community," explained Davis.
"I truly believe a lot of people don't truly understand how serious homelessness is here in Green Bay and back home in California. It's just getting worse," said Jones.
That's why James is sharing his painful story at "Toast 2 Success." The 4th annual event will raise funds for Freedom House to continue offering food, shelter, training and support.
"When someone like James Jones is involved, it really helps people to see that homelessness is different than what they expected. It's not the stereotype," said Davis.
Davis appreciates the Packer player's courage to speak out and his compassion to help the shelter serve more families.
"The biggest thing with events like this, you want to raise money. You want to raise awareness to be able to help those homeless families," James said.
"I just ask that people come out, support and lets really help end homelessness together," added Tamika.
Part of the proceeds from Toast 2 Success will also benefit the "Love Jones for Kids" foundation which offers programs to help disadvantaged children. The event is coming up on Friday, May 17th at the Green Bay Distillery in Ashwaubenon.
May 8, 2013
Milwaukee's MVP right fielder Ryan Braun and other Brewer teammates joined Habitat for Humanity Tuesday for 'Blitz Build' week, a new initiative the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity recently launched. 100 volunteers showed up Tuesday to build homes while making a positive impact in the community.
"I am grateful that I can make a difference in the Milwaukee community by helping Habitat reach more families this year, giving them the opportunity to build not just houses, but also a better future for themselves," said Braun.
The Brewers Community Foundation was the presenting sponsor of the event for the second year in a row lending support through a $50,000 donation and volunteer efforts.
April 26, 2013
Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver and Dancing with the Stars champion Donald Driver will attend the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, to be held Saturday, April 27, as a guest of CBN News. Accompanying Donald at the event will be his wife, Betina.
“It’s an honor to attend this amazing event,” Driver said. “I hope now that I’m retired, President Obama will forgive me for beating the Bears so many times.”
Additional Guests of CBN News at this year’s dinner will include:
-Willie and Korie Robertson of the hit television program, “Duck Dynasty”
-Patrick and Gina Neely, hosts of Food Network’s “Down Home with the Neelys”
Previous CBN guests have included Governor Bob McDonnell, Chinese Ambassador to the US Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, “American Idol” finalists’ Colton Dixon, Mandisa and Chris Sligh, television personality Sherri Shepherd and Olympic Gold Medal speed skater Chad Hedrick.
Proceeds from the annual event go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists. Portions of the event will be broadcast on MSNBC and C-SPAN.
April 25, 2013
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Inside the Huddle Draft Special hosted by Green Bay Super Star Jordy Nelson (2nd Round, 2008) and Drew Smith (Free Agent 1999). Jordy talks all about his NFL Draft experience plus never-seen-before Exclusive Interviews with 7th Round Sensation Donald Driver, 1st Rounders Bryan Bulaga and Nick Perry, 3rd Round Steal James Jones and John Kuhn tells us how to go from Undrafted Free Agent to Super Bowl Champion.
Check out our statewide broadcasting schedule to see when the Inside the Huddle Draft Special airs on a TV near you:
Green Bay – WLUK – 9:30pm, Saturday
Milwaukee – WISN – 10:30pm, Saturday
Madison – WKOW – 11:35pm, Saturday
Green Bay – WLUK – 6:30am, Sunday
La Crosse – WLAX – 11:00am, Sunday
Eau Claire – WEUX – 11:00am, Sunday
Wausau – WJFW – Noon, Sunday
Wausau – WJFW – 11:30pm, Sunday
April 24, 2013
Brewers reliever John Axford joins Kramp & Adler every Wednesday morning at 7:30am talking Brewers, Music and much more.
Click here to access the WLUM vault and listen to John's weekly interview with Kramp & Adler.
April 16, 2013
Green Bay Packers' all-time leading wide receiver, Super Bowl Champion and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Donald Driver received the 2013 AMVETS National Ladies Humanitarian Award earlier in the month at the AMVETS Silver Helmet Awards Banquet in Washington D.C.
"I am truly honored to stand here today and to be honored for what I have done to give back to the community," Driver stated during his acceptance speech.
Driver was recognized for his work with the Donald Driver Foundation through which he has helped homeless families get on their feet and underprivileged children succeed in the classroom. In addition to the work he does with his own foundation, Driver currently sponsors several hundred children through Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that helps ensure impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends by sending them
home with a backpack full of food every Friday throughout the school year.
April 3, 2013
2011 NL MVP and Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun sat down with WISN's Dan Needles yesterday for his first One on One interview of the 2013 season. Braun spoke with Needles about the upcoming MLB season, his experiences with Team USA during the World Baseball Classic and on the addition of starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Braun will continue to provide an inside look at the Brewers season with his exclusive news feature "One on One with Ryan Braun" for the fourth consecutive season. Ryan teams up with top newscasts across Wisconsin to talk Brewers baseball all season long across Lammi Sports Management's statewide news network.
April 3, 2013
James Jones and his wife Tamika are excited to announce that tickets to the 4th Annual Toast to Success are on sale now through the Love Jones 4 Kids official website.
This year's event will take place on May 17th at the Green Bay Distillery from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Love Jones 4 Kids Foundation which aims to help children in need and Freedom House Ministries who's goal is to help families in need by providing short-term needs of homeless families.
Purchase your tickets today to help support a great event for an even greater cause!
March 26, 2013
Green Bay's Super Bowl Champion tight end and exclusive Lammi Sports client Jermichael Finley will return to Green Bay in 2013. "Ecstatic to be back with the Packers, best place on earth. Thank you to my agents and family, I appreciate all that you do," Finley tweeted Monday afternoon.
Finley set a Packers franchise record for receptions by a tight end with 61 in 2012 along with 676 yards. The 6th year tight end out of Texas will look for a breakout season in 2013 while contributing to a fierce foursome which includes wide receivers James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
March 25, 2013
March 20, 2013
Green Bay's all-time leading receiver, Super Bowl Champion and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Donald Driver is scheduled to appear on two ESPN shows on Thursday.
Driver will be in Bristol, Conn., to be a guest on "SportsCenter" at 10 a.m. and on "NFL Live" at 3 p.m. Joining him on "NFL Live" will be host Trey Wingo, along with analysts Jerry Rice and Herm Edwards.
March 19, 2013
NFL.com's Alex Gelhar recently ranked all of the NFL Dancing with Stars contestants.
Last night, Baltimore Ravens star and Super Bowl XLVII hero Jacoby Jones became the eleventh NFL player to appear on the show. He danced the Cha Cha Cha with his partner Karina Smirnoff and earned a respectable score 20 out of 30 from the judges.
NFL players have thrice taken the DWTS crown and Alex Gelhar considers Donald Driver to be the best DWTS contestant from the NFL. "Driver improved as the season went along, and rocked in the final round," Gelhar said. "It doesn't hurt that he's ultra-likeable, in phenomenal shape, and has a smile that makes dentists' hearts flutter.
You can view Gelhar's Top 10 NFL DWTS Contestants Here.
February 19, 2013
February 18, 2013
Lammi Sports Management Founder and CEO, Brian Lammi, was recently featured in the Business Journal's feature on the 40 under 40 Class of 2002.
Lammi was asked what his most meaningful accomplishment has been, the biggest lesson he has learned in his business career, what the most pressing issue facing Milwaukee area is and he offered advice for today's Milwaukee-area young professionals.
Take a look at the Business Journal's Class of 2002 40 under 40: Where are they now feature here.
February 12, 2013
February 11, 2013
James Jones was just entering his teen years when he received another harsh reminder about how difficult life can be.
This time, he and his mother were being evicted from their San Jose apartment because his mother couldn't afford the rent.
Jones headed to a homeless shelter, not for the first time, either; bringing with him only a basketball and a backpack. Today, wide receiver Jones is a rising star for the Green Bay Packers and no longer worried about where his next meal is coming from.
"San Jose proud," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of Jones, a graduate of Gunderson High School and San Jose State. "James has done a great job. It's just a real credit to him. He has a great work ethic. He has always put in his time and has always been ready for the opportunities. And now he has been given the last year the opportunity and he is taking full advantage of it.
Indeed. Jones caught 64 passes for 784 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns this season. All three totals represented career-highs.
On Saturday night, Jones returns to the Bay Area as a key member of the Packers' high-octane passing attack for an NFC divisional playoff game against the 49ers at Candlestick Park.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has no shortage of options each time he drops back to pass, be it Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley, Greg Jennings or Jones, among others.
In fact, Rodgers set an NFL-playoff record against the Minnesota Vikings last Saturday by completing passes to 10 receivers. Jones, 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds, caught four for 51 yards in the Packers 24-10 victory.
Seven times this season, Jones has caught at least five passes in a game. He played particularly well the latter part of the season.
So, why the breakout season? Rodgers has a theory.
"After he and his wife had their first child, I've just noticed a guy who's been more focused at work and a little more dialed in," Rodgers said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Read the entire Mercury News article on James Jones here.
February 7, 2013
Donald Driver announced his retirement in front of thousands of fans yesterday, at a historic and unprecedented public retirement at Lambeau Field.
Donald Driver, the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading receiver in receptions and yards and a member of the Super Bowl XLV championship team, will formally announce his retirement on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m., at a public event in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” said Driver. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
In addition to Driver, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be in attendance. All three will speak about Driver, his career and his legacy.
Another member of the Packers family who isn’t able to be in attendance, five-time NFL champion and Hall of Famer Bart Starr, offered his praise of Driver: “It’s been a great pleasure getting to know Donald over these years. His contribution to the history of the Green Bay Packers has been extraordinary. I am honored to congratulate him on all of his achievements on and off the field.”
Fans are invited to the announcement. A limited number of tickets, free of charge, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in person at the Packers’ ticket office, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Distribution will be limited to four tickets per person.
January 23, 2013
Packer Nation united in support of Green Bay's All-Time leading receiver Donald Driver earlier in the post season. Activate Donald Driver was launched on Facebook with a mission to get the fan favorite on the field. As you can see, the response from Packers fans was huge:
January 21, 2013
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is helping Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin replenish its stock this month through the first ever Defeat Hunger Bowl.
The month long food drive at Walmart locations will feature donation barrels throughout the month. The organization requests nonperishable items, especially peanut butter, tuna and pasta. More than 330,000 people rely on food from Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin annually, and the need for food has increased 33 percent over the last two years.
Spokesman Jermichael Finley made appearances at Milwaukee and Green Bay Walmart stores last week to promote the food drive. "Grab a bag. Fill something with it, and then just throw it in. And you are doing it for a great cause, and it's kind of helping you out too, you know what I mean. It's a heartwarming feeling, said Finley.
Visit your local Walmart to donate and support Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. The food drive runs through February 10th.
January 8, 2013
Milwaukee's MVP left fielder Ryan Braun is looking to add yet another achievement to his magnificent career: making the cover of MLB13 The Show.
Vote early and often and send your 5-time All Star to the cover of MLB13 The Show!
January 3, 2013
From January 1st through February 10th, Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to participate in a much different type of “bowl game.” In an effort to bring attention to the issue of hunger in Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley and his wife Courtney are teaming up with Walmart and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin to launch the first annual Defeat Hunger Bowl.
Non-perishable food items will be accepted at donation bins placed inside over 50 Walmart locations throughout eastern and central Wisconsin, with all donations benefitting Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
Additional corporate partners involved in presenting the Defeat Hunger Bowl include Kraft, ConAgra, Coca Cola and Campbell’s Chunky Soup. $5 food donation bags with products from each manufacturer will be available for purchase at all participating locations.
“Hunger is a growing problem in Wisconsin that affects everyone from little kids to the elderly,” said Jermichael Finley. “We tend to focus on the issue more around the holidays, but hunger is a year-round problem. As my teammates and I gear up to make a run at a big bowl game of our own, I hope everyone in Wisconsin does what they can to take down hunger in the Defeat Hunger Bowl!”
Finley will be doing his part to promote the drive by making appearances at Walmart locations in Green Bay and Milwaukee Tuesday, January 8th. In Milwaukee, Finley will appear at Walmart’s Timmerman Plaza location. In Green Bay, Finley will appear at the Walmart Supercenter on West Mason Street.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the state’s largest food bank, distributing more than 18 million pounds of food each year to 1,000 programs in 36 counties.