As basketball season ends and baseball enters the lull of summer, it is time to think about football. More importantly, the Green Bay Packers. When thinking about the Packers, is there any better player to think about than former wide receiver, Donald Driver? The other day I was watching television and a “click-it or ticket” commercial came on, and as people from Wisconsin know, Donald Driver is the star of these infamous ads. After seeing Driver, I immediately started watching highlights of him because he was one of my favorite players growing up.
Let me tell you, the highlights did not disappoint. Driver was an incredible route runner with unreal hands and blazing speed. I mean, this guy caught everything within a 50 foot radius of him. This got me thinking, Donald Driver is a Green Bay Packer legend, but should he have a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
I went through and crunched the numbers and there are only 17 wide receivers in the history of the league to make the Hall. I decided, why not take a look at each one of them and compare them to Driver. To start, Driver’s career stats look something like 743 receptions, 10,137 yards, and 61 touchdowns. This puts him only 7 less catches and 4 touchdowns away from Michael Irvin and Charlie Joiner. Again, I’m only comparing Driver to Hall of Fame wideouts. Next, his career yards per catch is higher than Marvin Harrison’s and Cris Carter’s. Donald Driver has more receptions than Fred Biletnikoff and more playoff receptions than James Lofton. Speaking of receptions, Driver has more seasons of a 60% catch rate than Jerry Rice. Driver’s 743 receptions and 10,137 are both higher than Charley Taylor and Paul Warfield. Perhaps this is the most intriguing stat, Driver had 6 consecutive seasons of 1,000 yards receiving which is the most Randy Moss ever had and more than Terrell Owens ever had in a row. The most T.O. generated was 5. When it comes to awards, Donald Driver was selected to 3 Pro-Bowls which is as many as Art Monk and more than John Stallworth and Lynn Swann. Finally, Driver won 1 Super Bowl which is more than Tim Brown, Andre Reed, and Steve Largent.
The love for Donald Driver in Green Bay is nothing like I’ve ever seen for a player in a city. He was a 7th round pick and unsuspectedly became the Green Bay all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. He had the ultimate rags to riches story. If you’re interested, Driver wrote an incredible autobiography, “Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field,” that every Packer fan should read. Driver only missed 4 games in his entire career, he was Green Bay’s version of Cal Ripken Jr. Donald Driver was one of the best players in the history of the NFL’s most storied franchise. Driver is a Packer’s Hall of Famer, but he should be more than that. Also, he won season 14 of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ that has to count for something, right?