After the will-he-or-won’t-he saga that was Brett Favre’s annual retirement decision, Green Bay was finally able to celebrate a legend in style after lifelong Packer Donald Driver decided to step away from the game.
The franchise’s all-time leader in both receptions and reception yards, Driver officially retired in a ceremony attended by more than a 1,000 fans on Feb. 6. It was an emotional time for the city, the team and for the 38-year old potential Hall of Famer.
Unlike with Favre, however, the franchise wasted no time in honoring one of the greatest to ever grace the Frozen Tundra. Over the weekend, Dirver had his own street named after him in town, the same honored bestowed upon the likes of Lombardi, Lambeau and Holmgren.
The Packers did not stop there, however, as Driver’s status was cemented (literally) with a massive statue in his honor. The statue had always existed, but was never attached to a single player.
It was supposed to be a fitting end to a career that was barely supposed to make a blip on the NFL radar. Driver headed to Green Bay as a seventh-round pick out of Alcorn State but left the team as a beloved member of the community and Super Bowl champion.
But does he want to come back now?
“If the Packers called me and said, ‘Drive, come back to training camp,’ I’d be back for training camp,” Driver said at his charity softball game this weekend. “But until then, I’ll be sitting at home and just watching football.”
A return would mean playing for a 15th season. Basically, what Packers fans are worried about is seeing one of their icons in any jersey other than the Green and Gold — like Favre putting on both a smirk and a Vikings jersey at the same time. That hurt.
But Driver reiterated that he is only waiting for a call from team general manager Ted Thompson.
“I think the thing for me is if the Packers call mid-season, I’d be in shape,” Driver told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I’ve been staying in shape.”
It would be pretty interesting if Donald Driver had to drive down Donald Driver Way just to get to work again.
[H/T: For The Win]