Today we say good bye to one of the best Packer players of all time, Donald Driver. The good news is that it’s not the final good bye, which is scheduled for February 6th. Driver has had a long and legendary career with the Green Bay Packers. He has gone from unknown and long shot to make the roster, to the most productive receiver in franchise history. As a way of celebrating his career let’s look at the top five moments from Driver’s career:
5. The first 1,000 yard season. Driver was able to break on to the scene in 2002 notching his first big season (70 receptions 1,064 yards, and 9 TD). This year was the turning point of Driver becoming Brett Favre’s favorite target and the number one receiver the Packers were looking for to replace the departing Antonio Freeman. This year would also be Driver’s first of four Pro Bowl trips (2002, 2006, 2007, and 2010).
4. Helping set a record. On December 16, 2007 Driver caught a seven yard pass from Favre in a 33-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams. This completion broke Dan Marino’s all-time passing yard mark of 61,361. Considering the close relationship that Favre and Driver had it’s fitting that Driver got to be on the receiving end of this reception.
Brett Favre Gets Goosed! (via Blue58Green19)
3. TIE Winning the Galloping Gobbler / Proving the "old man" still has it. In 2009 Driver had very good year. He became the Packers all time reception leader that year, but really two games in particular stick out as very good memories. First, against the Rams on September 27, 2009, Driver came out swinging with a solid game (including one amazing catch). My favorite story from this game was that before the game Aaron Rodgers found a program that had some quip about Driver being a bit long in tooth and showed this to Driver just before coming on to the field. This motivated Driver to show up the Rams a bit. The other stand out game came on Thanksgiving of that same year. Driver won MVP of that game and the always ugly Galloping Gobbler. All you need to do is watch his interview accepting the trophy to see why Packer fans love him so very much.
Donald Driver Crazy Catch @St Louis 9/27/09 (via schuh69maas)
Interview with Donald Driver (via Ryan LaMour)
2. The catch and subsequent beat down of the 49ers in 2010. You know it. I know it. Evan said that if I wrote this story I would have to include it on the list or I would be fired (and if I didn’t include it I should be fired).
Donald Driver Amazing 61 Yard TD Catch and Run (via PigStock46)
1. Winning Super Bowl 45. It would have been a great shame to have a Packer of this magnitude leave town without a Super Bowl ring. In 2010 the Packers were able to take care of that, and make sure this legend has the proper bling to wear when placed in the Packer Hall of Fame.
One On One: Donald Driver Talks About Super Bowl Win (via wisn)
This is only a list of five memories, but there are countless more we could talk about over the next couple weeks. What other memories will you have of Driver and his career in Green Bay?