Donald Driver talks about retirement, the next play by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers
Former receiver Donald Driver Packers remembers the shock of Brett Favre announcing his retirement on March 4, 2008.
Of course, Favre continued to play three more seasons with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. Perhaps that’s why Driver doesn’t overestimate Aaron Rodgers ’future speculation in Green Bay – one of the main topics of conversation in the 2021 NFL season.
“The only ones who know what they’re going to do (the Packers and Aaron Rodgers are),” Driver told Sporting News. “As analysts and outsiders, we want to be able to analyze what is going on. That makes us what we are. The thing is, we still have to understand that it is the individual’s choice and one’s decision.
“We know that’s going to be the problem,” he said. “Aaron will be a legend. He can always go to Lambeau Field or anywhere, and it’s the Hall of Fame. We know that, but it’s his decision.”
The driver announced his cooperation Master Lock’s “Community Champions” program Wednesday as part of the charity work being done within the Green Bay community.
The driver is the leader of Green Bay, which picks up 10,137 yards. It was the seventh round in the 1999 NFL Draft and became a favorite goal for Favre and Rodgers, and he spent all 14 seasons with the Packers.
The driver quickly said that all retirement stories have different wrinkles. He was a member of a receiving team that included Greg Bayings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones in the Green Bay Super Bowl 45 after the 2010 season.
Jennings moved to the Minnesota season after the 2012 season, and the Driver had a chance. The driver, however, made a personal decision, allowing Nelson, Cobb and Jones to spend more time in Green Bay. He still received offers to play, including rival NFC North Minnesota.
“I knew if I was going to keep getting excited enough, then these guys would have to go somewhere else and play like we’ve all seen them do (later),” Driver said. “It was easy for me to know that they were good friends of mine and that they could play the game they wanted in Green Bay. I knew that if I went away, I would have a better platform to do other things.”
The driver had a 90-yard touchdown reception in Favre’s last game with the Packers – the Giants lost 23-20 in the NFC championship game on January 20, 2008. In 2008 he watched an NFC championship game last season – losing 31-26. From Tampa Bay to Lambeau Field – and has heard similar rumors about Rodgers ’future since the franchise.
Rodgers added to that when he said: “A lot of boys’ futures, they’re sure, including me” After losing to the Buccaneers.
Driver noted the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency as a factor that could help change the narrative of what he has spent 16 seasons with Rodgers, 37, in Green Bay. The Packers sparked speculation about how much more time Rodgers would have in Green Bay after taking on quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
“I think we all know what the No. 1 spot was when we talked about it all last year,” Driver said. “They needed a lift. Marquez (Valdes-Scantling) went up last year. (Allen) Lazard went up. Those guys went up and played, but you have to take the pressure off Davante (Adams). You have to find a good one. they can fill the defensive end and the defensive sides and choose from there. ”
Green Bay is also not a factor in free agency, but Driver believes packers can still make additions after the draft.
“(Green Bay) has never come out in a free agency and has caught a lot of great players,” Driver said. “Maybe they should do that too. Get close to the free agent guys and bring Aaron to where he wants to be. That’s all there is to it – get back to the Super Bowl.”
From there, the driver knows that the story can change after the 2021 season. He just knows that part of the story won’t change.
“Aaron is always going to be one of the greatest Green Bay shippers in history, but everyone has to make their own place to know where they want to go,” Driver said.
The driver spoke to Sporting News with Master Lock, a Wisconsin-based company that uses its “Community Champions” program to highlight those who make a difference in their community. Driver was famous for his charitable efforts during his time at the Packers and this work continues.
“It’s a great opportunity to make an impact on the models that are making a complete difference,” Driver said. “Those who are hidden behind walls and don’t get the exposure they need, well, Master Lock gives them that opportunity. We pay tribute to people who don’t forget every day.”
For more, visit www.masterlock.com To tell the story of a community champion and upload a photo of them. Winners can receive up to $ 5,000 in cash.