Donald Driver escapes from a couple of San Francisco 49ers defenders in last year's game at Lambeau. This was midway through what many would call one of his greatest catches and runs for a score during his career in Green Bay. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Packers' Driver poised for run at Hall

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Donald Driver looks good in any Packers uniform, including last year's 1929 throwbacks. Driver would also look really good in the NFL Hall of Fame. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The Hall of Fame is a familiar venue for players who have worn the green and gold … Or the blue and gold, depending on the era.
Only those despicable Chicago Bears have more individual players inducted into the Hall than the Packers despite the Packers’ significant advantage in numbers of team championships.
That may change in the next few years when Brett Favre is certain to be a first ballot selection and even Leroy Butler has a serious chance at some votes.
And as the Packers look to repeat in 2011 (if there is indeed a season), the Packers players who will have a shot at the Hall could jump in number – starting with Donald Driver.
Going on record this week about his chances at being selected was not a pipe dream by the longtime Packers receiver … It’s a strong probability … Especially when he passes James Lofton as the team’s leading receiver in passing yardage this coming year. He needs only 40 yards to surpass Lofton’s longstanding milestone … he also stands just 12 touchdowns behind Sterling Sharpe’s 65 and could catch him if the Packers utilize him more in goal line situations over the next year.
Should the Packers continue to win … Especially if this team can repeat or win at least one more championship over the next couple of seasons. The likelihood that players like Driver, Charles Woodson, Aaron Rodgers, and Clay Matthews being selected to the Hall becomes a realistic possibility.
Of course there’s still a lot of football to be played, but the chances at this point highly favor the likelihood that these players could be elected … Someday … If they stay healthy and can continue to play within a scheme that promotes their talents and skills and they continue to win as a team.
So, hearing Driver express confidence in his chances was refreshing.

Was it bold?
Yes!
Was it realistic?
Absolutely!
Nothing would warm my heart more than to see an honest, hard-working and genuine player like Driver standing at the podium in Canton, Ohio.
The seventh round draft pick has overcome such adversity to get where he is today … Seeing him elected to the Hall would only validate a career that is not only storybook, but inspiring. The man is the epitome of the National Football League.
The sight of Double D laying out across the middle and snatching a Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers fastball out of thin air while getting hammered simultaneously by a safety and corner is a thing of beauty.
I, for one, would like to see at least one more season, two if possible, of Driver’s shoulder shiver shake and first down indications.
We could be witnessing one of the Packers’ greatest receivers in action … My only hope is that the electors for the Hall see it that way, too.

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