So by now Green Bay Packers Nation has heard that our beloved Donald Driver is retiring. As he ends his playing days in Green and Gold, he has added one more reason for us to honor him for being a man of integrity and honor. That reason is that he decided against wearing the Vikequeen purple.
As it was recently reported, there was speculation that Minnesota was once again going take one of our own and turn them against us. With trepidation I hoped that this would not be the case with Donald. As much as I wanted to see him play, seeing him on the sidelines of the Vikings would have been disheartening and would have represented the biggest purge of one of our greats. Even greater than He Who Shall Not Be Named, only cause He wanted to go there for revenge.
But this is about Donald.
He has in his final act ended the purge of Packers going West. He has shown that there is still honor and unselfishness in the NFL. He is what every aspiring player should model themselves after. In fact he should be the model for how we as people should be. To rise from humble beginnings, overcome crime and a life that had no direction but to prison, to being the greatest wide receiver in the history of the Packers.
Donald Driver is more than a football player, more than a star receiver, he is the representation of what it means to be a success. He has put others before him and handled himself with dignity and class. We have seen him in good and bad and the one constant has been his smile. He will be missed, but more importantly he will go out as he entered, as a Packer.
In the end it is not the records that we will cherish. It is the man and what he represented. Whereas Bart Starr has been the face of the Packers and will continue to be so, he is no longer alone. Donald Driver will carry the torch long after Bart Starr is gone and based on what we have seen throughout his career, we know that torch will be in good hands, the hands of a true and beloved Packer.