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Thu, January 31, 2013

Driver's retirement suprising to me

I am not going to lie, I was a little surprised to see Donald Driver announce he wasn't coming back.  I thought he had some game left in him and he would take the field in 2013 to prove it.  When the Packers didn't utilize him this past season, my belief is it wasn't because he was done.  I just figured he was passed up by arguably the best receiving core in the NFL.

In the end, Driver exhibited something that is rare in sports today; loyalty.  Most players (and organizations) are about themselves and in situations like Driver's, where a team is ready to move away from an athlete, the player has no problem moving away, also.  Not Donald.  He talked for years about wanting to only be a Packer and as much as I thought it would change given the right circumstances, it didn't.  Rather than prove to himself, the doubters, or anyone else wrong, Driver only wanted to be a Packer.  He should be praised for that.

This guy is going to be very successful in his post playing days, that is obvious.  His way with the media in his 14-seasons helped build him into the beloved player that he is.  However, his "Dancing with the Stars" fame may take him to bigger things outside of Green Bay.  This will not be the last you see of Driver, like some players who go off into the sunset.

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