Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver had hoped to play in the NFL until he was 40. However, Driver will fall a few years short of that goal. The Packers’ all-time leading receiver has announced his plans to retire and will make the formal announcement next week in front of the fans that he loved playing for during all 14 years of his steady, consistent and productive NFL career.
While he showed at times this past season that he still had a little juice left, he was continually pushed down the depth chart by some of the younger, up-and-coming receivers like Randall Cobb and James Jones.
Donald Driver joined 95.7 the Game in San Francisco to talk about his decision to retire, what he thinks about Randy Moss saying that he is the best wide receiver ever and what he thinks about the San Francisco 49ers.
On his decision to retire:
“Today is the day I officially said I’m going to retire, but on Feb. 6, in front of our fans in Green Bay, that’s where I want to do it. I’m going to open up my retirement to the fans and give them an opportunity to show my love and respect for them. It’s been a blessing and great career for me, but I owe it to the fans not to wear any other color.”
What he thinks of Randy Moss saying he is the best wide receiver ever:
“What defines greatness is when you hold all the records and what you mean to your fans on and off the field, because that is who ranks you as the greatest receiver of all-time. The guy that holds all the records, the guy that has set the stage for all of us, you have to give it to Jerry Rice. I think Randy would probably be No. 2, then you have Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and the list goes on and on. For me, I have to give it to Jerry Rice because he is the greatest to ever play, put that uniform on and be successful at it.”
What he thinks about the San Francisco 49ers:
“I would say the first week of the season, when we played them, they got after us. Offense, defense and special teams, all around they played the best game they could play and we knew we were going to have to meet up with them down the road. Didn’t know when, and then we ended up meeting them in the second round of the playoffs and they played amazing. (Colin) Kaepernick played his best game he’s ever played probably in his career, and to rush for 180 yards against a great defense we had, we gave up a lot of plays and we made a lot of mistakes on offense. We dropped a lot of balls. Then on special teams we didn’t play solid — we dropped a punt, and if we catch that punt I think J (Jeremy) Ross knows that if he catches that punt, the game and the momentum shifts and it becomes us. They got momentum back and were able to take care of business.”