Favre, Rodgers Salute Driver
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Driver (Mary Langenfield - USA Today Sports)
Driver (Mary Langenfield - USA Today Sports)
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Posted Feb 6, 2013


As part of Donald Driver's retirement ceremony on Wednesday, the team assembled quotes from all sorts of Packers legends and standouts. Here are just a few, including Jerry Kramer, who called Driver a "quintessential Packer" who "cared about people."

Here are selected commens on Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver, as provided by the team before Wednesday’s retirement ceremony:

Packers QB Brett Favre (1992-2007): “Donald was a tremendous player. He overcame great odds to make the team when he first joined us and, as has been well documented, extreme challenges while he was growing up. He was dependable and productive for the Packers. Even though some of the big plays we had together come to mind – on Monday night in Champaign, against the Giants in the playoffs – it really is the way he could make guys miss that stands out to me, like the long touchdown he had just before halftime in Minnesota (in 2006). He also was a big reason we won the division at the Metrodome in ’04. I have great memories of playing with Donald. He was a great teammate – he was very likeable in the locker room. That he could go from a seventh-round draft choice to the Packers’ all-time leading receiver is a real tribute to him.”

Packers RB Ahman Green (2000-06, 2009): “He was a great teammate. When I first got here, we hung out a little bit and got to know each other very well. He was a guy that would do anything for the team. I’ll always remember the energy he brought to the game, his excitement no matter where he was at during his career. When I got here, he was only in his second year, and he played with the same enthusiasm until the end of his career.”

Chiefs assistant secondary coach Al Harris (Packers CB, 2003-09): “Donald is a special person and a good friend. I was privileged to line up on the other side of him each day in practice for many years, and he was a great competitor who always kept me on my toes. What he was able to accomplish in 14 seasons is truly remarkable. He is one of the most dedicated, thoughtful individuals I’ve ever met and I want to congratulate him on an incredible career.”

Packers WR James Jones: “He was one of the hardest-working players I have ever seen. A lot of guys, when they get to stardom, they tend to relax and not care as much about their craft and getting better. Every year I played with Donald Driver, he was striving to get better every season. He was at every practice. Mike McCarthy would tell him, ‘You can go ahead and relax at this practice,’ and he would not miss one. As a young guy, watching that truly helped me become a better professional and a better player. He was one of the coolest teammates to be around. He was always full of fun, always wanting to help other people get better on the field no matter what. He was just a leader.” -

Packers G Jerry Kramer (1958-68): “To me Donald was a quintessential Packer. He had class, he had dignity, he had manners, he cared about people, he helped with a lot of charitable things, and he was just an absolute ballet dancer on the football field. I used to love to watch him tiptoe down the sidelines and catch that ball and tip-toe and fall into the end zone. He had great hands and a great heart. I hate to see him retire, but I know he has to and we all do at some point or another. I’m glad to have him as an alumnus now. I think he’ll be a great addition to our alumni group and I think he’ll bleed Green and Gold forever.”

Packers WR James Lofton (1978-86): “It’s funny because when I think of an NFL career, you have a beginning, the way a guy comes into the league, and then the way a guy goes out of the league. Donald, when he came in, a seventh-round pick out of Alcorn State, people thought, ‘Who is this guy we drafted?’ because he was a triple jumper in college and a high jumper and then he is going out volunteering to play on special teams. But it was between that time that Donald really made his mark. Where he made that mark was in between the numbers; his toughness, his ability to run after the catch and his willingness to always put the team first. He has always been a classy guy, and somebody who when I looked and saw him wearing the No. 80, it made me proud to know that I had worn that same number because of the way he carried himself. It was impressive to always watch. It wasn’t really hard for me to watch him break some of my franchise records because I had a chance to break the records of the great Don Hutson. The passing game has evolved and the records and the numbers change a little bit, but watching him wear that No. 80 jersey and watching him accomplish what he did, it made me proud that I had been a Packer and that I had worn that same number.”

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: “It makes me really happy to know that Donald Driver is retiring as a Packer. Throughout my career, Donald has been an incredible player and teammate whose durability and productivity speak for themselves. He was a huge part of helping me establish myself as a starter in this league and I’ll always appreciate his encouragement and support during that time. I’ll remember all the great plays he made in our time together, including the long touchdown against San Francisco in 2010 that is still one of the most remarkable plays I’ve ever seen. He was one of the guys I was most happy for at the end of that season, because he had waited his whole career to get to the Super Bowl and win a ring. But more than any of those things, I’ll remember the attitude and professionalism that he carried himself with, especially in his approach to practice every day. I could count on one hand the number of practices he missed in my career, and his enthusiasm for the game always had such a positive impact on the rest of us. Donald was an awesome player, and an even better person who set a great example for giving back to the community. I wish him the best in his next chapter and feel lucky that I got to share part of my career as his teammate.”




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