For years, we’ve known that former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver was a ham. From his touchdown celebrations, his penchant for joining fans in the stands at the end of his Lambeau Leaps, his television commercials for a variety of sponsors – well, and his smile.
Yes, that toothy, beautiful, wide grin that helps define Driver’s very existence, most likely won’t be a hindrance to him landing jobs in the media. In fact, since he officially retired last month in a tearful, joy-filled ceremony, Driver has been making the rounds. He’s made a number of media appearances – he co-hosted on Katie Couric’s show, “Katie,” was a correspondent on “Good Morning America,” joined in on “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and and also sat and talked with “Ellen,” among others.
This past week, according to published reports and his “media agent,” Brian Lammi, Driver was in Los Angeles this past week talking with television big-wigs on the possibilities for him signing on to do a number of projects. Here’s what Lammi told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Donald has had conversations with a number of networks for hosting, scripted, non-scripted and sports media opportunities.”
Just what that exactly means is not real clear, but it sounds like he is being considered for just about any kind of program where he can display his skill in talking, acting and hosting – all while showing off his smile.
In addition, this next week he’s scheduled to be in Bristol, Conn., to sit in on some ESPN programming.
Clearly, Driver is enjoying this retirement thing – and for good reason. He’s taking the next step – something in which many football players have a difficult time adjusting. Adjustment doesn’t seem to be a problem for Driver. The adjustment will probably be most difficult for us football fans accustomed to seeing him catch passes and run fast.
Now he’s running a blistering post pattern right into a new career. No doubt, he will continue to score touchdowns in his new ventures.
We here at Lombardiave.com love it and wish Mr. Driver the best of luck.
We’ll be seeing you around, we’re sure.