The Green Bay Packers begin their 2014 Tailgate Tour on Tuesday, their annual goodwill trip around the Midwest, visiting fans, sharing stories, answering questions and signing autographs.
Packers president Mark Murphy presides over the festivities and this year is joined by current players kicker Mason Crosby, linebacker Brad Jones and cornerback Jarrett Bush.
One unique addition this year is a trio of teammates from the powerful Packers offense of the 1980s: wide receiver and Hall of Famer James Lofton, quarterback Lynn Dickey and tight end Paul Coffman.
Tuesday's final destination will be Escanaba, Mich., one of two stops in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this year. A tailgate party will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and will include food, a Q&A session and autographs.
As of the last update from the Packers, tickets were still available at Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Mich. Tailgate tickets including food cost $30 or general admission tickets (minus food and autographs) cost $5. Money will benefit a local charity, Lakeshore Industries.
On their way to the day's final port of call, the group typically makes unannounced stops at local schools and businesses along the way.
Traditionally, the Packers meet with the local media in Green Bay before they embark on their tour bus, an opportunity for photography and interviews to be conducted that will be shared with the public.
Also on Tuesday, there will be a pro day taking place at Dixie State, where tight end Joe Don Duncan will be working out. Duncan is considered a potential mid-round NFL Draft choice.
Duncan's performance has been highly anticipated since a hamstring injury prevented him from taking part in either a postseason or the NFL Combine.
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