GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers doesn’t know if Donald Driver is retiring, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback knows this much about his longtime teammate and wide receiver: Driver will be able to do anything he wants in his post-NFL life, whenever it begins.
A USA Today report last week indicated that Driver, the Packers’ all-time leading receiver, was leaning toward retirement, with an announcement possibly coming this week. On Tuesday, WLUK-TV, the FOX affiliate in Green Bay, reported that the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings would be interested in Driver if he decided to keep playing.
Driver has had a weekly television show on the station for years. He recently told the station, “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. 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.”
If Driver does decide to hang ‘em up, Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that he can do so knowing he had a phenomenal run, despite playing only 150 snaps and catching eight passes in 2012.
“Donald has had an incredible career. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play with him for eight years. It’s just been a pleasure, a pleasure to be around the guy,” Rodgers said. “A guy like that, I think he has done it the right way his entire Packers career, endeared himself to the fans (and) made a ton of plays for us.
“I can think of (a couple of plays) that come to mind: In 2008, I hit him on an out-and-up down the sidelines against Detroit; we were trying to close out the Detroit Lions at 0-16. At the same time, I went over 4,000 yards (passing) and he went over 1,000 yards (receiving) and that was a special moment for us. And then the play against San Francisco in our blue uniforms in 2009, where I hit him on the seam, broke a ton of tackles – including (teammate) Andrew Quarless trying to tackle him. That was a special moment. We’ve been able to make a lot of plays on the field, spent a lot of time at his charity events, seeing what he has a heart for, obviously seeing the work he’s done in and around Green Bay, I think he’s done it the right way and been everything a Packer should be.
“If it’s at the end for him, I’ve really enjoyed my time with him. And I think he’s going to have no problem transitioning to something in the entertainment business, as we saw last year with Dancing with the Stars, how impressive he is on-camera and on a dance floor, or in the sports business because he’s a very intelligent guy who understands football and can talk about it, or if he decides to just be an all-pro dad. I’m sure that he’s going to be great at whatever he decides to do.”
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