Donald Driver today on SI.com: 'I am at peace with my career'


Donald Driver watches action from the sideline in the Packers 2012 season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Donald Driver watches action from the sideline in the Packers 2012 season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

SI.com this afternoon posted a short piece written by former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver - as a piece to promote his newest book, “Driven,” now on shelves and available online.

Driver writes briefly about the day he was called on the phone by Packers GM Ron Wolf, telling him that the Packers were about to select him as the 213th pick of the NFL Draft; he writes about the reasons why he promised Packers fans at his retirement party that he would only don one uniform, that of the Green Bay Packers and would never play for another NFL franchise; he writes about seeing African children wearing Green Bay Packers jerseys and how proud he was to meet Packers celebrity fans from as far away as Japan; and also admits to sitting down with Minnesota Vikings officials during a free agency visit, and then deciding against joining that team because it “didn’t feel right.”

He also writes about being proud and lucky enough to be a part of a professional football franchise for his entire career and just how rare of a feat that is in today’s sports arena.

Even some of the best athletes in the world – Michael Jordan, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Jerry Rice, just to name a few – for one reason or another, didn’t get that opportunity. Other NFL teams have called me about coming out of retirement, but after building a 14-year relationship with the organization, the fans, and Green Bay Nation, I am at peace with my career.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Driver’s “Driven,” check it out of your library, buy it online or head on down to your local bookstore and plunk down the asking price … you won’t be disappointed.

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