Donald Driver will have a street named after himWisconsin Sports
Donald Driver took his bows Wednesday, as hundreds of Green Bay Packers fans and dignitaries attended his retirement ceremony. It started at 11 a.m. at the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Like other Titletown heroes before him, Donald Driver will have a street named after him in Green Bay.
Mayor Jim Schmitt told several thousand fans at Driver’s retirement ceremony Wednesday that a small street near the Titletown Brewing Company will be named “Donald Driver Way.” The brewery and restaurant are located on the west edge of the city’s downtown.
Also, Schmitt said the statue of a Packers’ receiver in front of the restaurant will be changed from No. 88 to Driver’s No. 80.
Gov. Scott Walker also attended the ceremony, after Driver invited him. The governor said Driver has done a fantastic job entertaining Wisconsinites between his 14 years as a Packer and his victory on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Packers CEO Mark Murphy and Coach Mike McCarthy also made remarks at the ceremony.
General Manager Ted Thompson said Driver has been a blessing for the team. He said the contributions by Driver and his wife Betina have been “phenomenal.”
The 38-year-old Driver told the crowd that he walks away from the game knowing that he gave all he could, so “I owe it to the fans and this fine organization not to tarnish the legacy that they’ve established in me and my family.”
He leaves as the Packers’ all-time leader in catches and receiving yards.
Hundreds of Green Bay Packers fans and dignitaries attended Driver's retirement ceremony.
It started at 11 a.m. at the Lambeau Field Atrium. More than one thousand fans waited for hours in the cold last Friday to snap up free tickets at the Lambeau Box Office. They were gone in 13 minutes.
The 38-year-old Driver leaves as the Packers’ all-time leader in catches and receiving yards over a 14-year NFL career, all with Green Bay.
Driver first announced his retirement last Thursday, after the Packers stopped just short of saying they wouldn’t bring him back in 2013. He said it allows him to leave on his own terms.
While Driver said he could have played somewhere else this fall, he owes it to Packer Nation to retire after wearing only the storied green and gold.
Marketing agent Brian Lammi indicates that Driver may be too busy to un-retire at training camp time, like Brett Favre did twice after leaving Green Bay.
Lammi said he and Driver have had talks about broadcast opportunities in both sports and other entertainment – and there’s a good chance he’ll be hosting some kind of national show. Lammi calls it the beginning of Driver’s next career.
Rodgers appears with Favre
Aaron Rodgers says he’s ready to “heal things up” with Brett Favre and “move forward.”
The two appeared together during last weekend’s NFL Honors show – and while their exchange look awkward, Rodgers said it was scripted that way, and there was really nothing awkward about it.
On his final Milwaukee radio show of the season Tuesday, Rodgers said it didn’t take much for him to accept an invitation from the show’s producers to appear with Favre.
Rodgers said he didn’t want to say much about their past – but as Favre heads to the Hall of Fame and gets his No. 4 retired, Rodgers said it’s time for the healing process to begin.
Rodgers said it was important that Favre be recognized for all of his achievements in Green Bay, and he hopes last weekend’s show is a start toward making it happen.
The two have had a cold relationship since Rodgers replaced Favre as the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008, when Favre tried to un-retire and ended up leaving for the New York Jets.
In the years that followed, Favre was accused of giving the Detroit Lions inside information about the Packer offense. Favre once said Rodgers lucked into his situation with teammates that grew during Favre’s watch.
Rodgers stayed quiet and diplomatic, at least publicly