The great Donald Driver has retired from the NFL and the Green Bay Packers. Randy Moss has to be furious because the spot light isn’t on him, so watch for him to announce himself as the greatest football player of all time as well today. Moss’s old team the Minnesota Vikings were said to be interested in Driver before the announcement came this morning.
Unlike former teammate Brett Favre, he won’t be joining a divisional foe and arch nemesis.
“I think I could go to any team and be either their No. 1 or No. 2 guy and be solid for another three years,” Driver said. “The question is, do I want to see myself in another uniform? Will my family want to see that?
“If nobody wants to see it, at the end of the day it will still be a tough decision because I’ve always said I only want to wear that green and gold, and nothing else.”
That’s very optimistic for a man who is 38 years old. In this league that’s incredible but we all saw how Jerry Rice became a journeyman at the end of his career and Driver wants to remain only a Packer. But aside from that the Packers had him on the roster as a special team member in the post season just so he wouldn’t be inactive.
This season he caught 8 passes for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns… in 13 games.
Maybe it was the fear of actually having to go to the Vikings and work with Christian Ponder that seemed more like a punishment than an enticing opportunity.
“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” Driver said in the team’s release. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
Green Bay has been hosting a “Inside the Huddle” show for almost 10 years so he could transfer easily into the media world. But nevertheless he’ll go down in history as a great player and a world champion.
He caught 743 passes for 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns. Not bad for a 7th round draft pick in 1999.