Donald Driver: One more honor

Donald Driver retired in early February after 14 years of greatness with the Green Bay Packers – and because of that it was announced at that time that Driver would have a street named after him.

But now, Chris Handler, the man known for painting the fence across Lombardi Avenue from Lambeau Field with motivational messages each season, is taking on another project, according to  a story in the Green Bay Press Gazette. Handler is heading up the renovation of “Receiver,” the statue that previously was placed outside the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and has been situated outside Titletown Brewery for a number of years – but more importantly, that renovation will make it in the likeness of Driver.

While the statue is being repainted with Driver’s number and skin tones, it has always been known as one that was the epitome of the generic receiver. The Receiver is situated atop a football catching the ball over the shoulder in a classic receiver’s outstretched arms. After standing for nearly 20 years outside the hall of fame, it was moved to the Neville Public Museum in 2003 when the hall was moved over to Lambeau Field. In 2005, it found its way to the brewery after a 9-11 memorial was built at its spot near the library.

The work is expected to be finished by the middle of the month in time for the official dedication of  “Donald Driver Way.”

It’s just one more honor for Driver, one of the most-beloved Packers players of recent memory. While he toiled on the same teams as Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Driver was a fighter who rose from the seventh round of the NFL Draft to being the Packers all-time leading receiver – passing by other Packers receivers that included Don Hutson, Sterling Sharpe, Max McGee, and James Lofton.

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