Donald Driver wants to retire as a Packer. Awesome
But he also wants his number retired and his name placed in the ring of honor.
Watching Donald Driver has been pure joy. Watching him retire will be sheer agony. Now with him sure to retire a Packer, we are privileged to watch him play his final year – or two?
But to have him in the ring of honor – that’s a pretty exclusive club and we don’t think Donald has the credentials. We love Donald, but we also know his limitations.
Receiver Donald Driver returned to the Green Bay Packers today after his stint on Dancing With the Stars, where he brought home the Mirror Ball trophy. He wasted no time in setting some lofty and probably unattainable goals.
Driver told the assembled media he planned on retiring a Packer, which looks like a fairly good possibility after he agreed to a restructured contract this week. Driver also said he’d like to have his number retired and enter the team’s ring of honor, both of which seem highly improbable.
First, the number — the chances of Driver having his number retired are probably nil. Only five players in the history of the franchise have received that honor — Bart Starr, Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, Reggie White and Ray Nitschke.
All-time greats and Pro Football Hall of Famers like Willie Wood, Jim Taylor and Arnie Herber haven’t had their numbers retired and that’s not to mention James Lofton, who previously wore No. 80 with the Packers and is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Second, the ring of honor — the chances of Driver entering the ring of honor are probably less than 10 percent. While Driver is the Packers all-time leading receiver and a sure-fire Packers Hall of Famer, there’s little to no chance he’ll enter the Hall in Canton.
Everyone in the Packers ring of honor, with the exception of former general manager Ron Wolf, is in Canton.
It’s conceivable the Packers may somehow adjust what seem like pretty well-established guidelines for making the ring of honor, but there’s plenty of evidence that says they won’t.
There’s no doubt Driver has had a great career with the Packers, but it’s tough to see him attaining these two goals.