There are several players in the NFL who made strong impacts with their team both on and off the field. The Green Bay Packers are one of the most successful franchises in the league, and they are filled with countless legends that have shattered records while touching the lives of fans. But, it is 2019, and many fans do not talk about these Packer legends and how they have spent their time since wearing the famous Green and Gold. Sure, you have Brett Favre, who everyone knows is still making money off his “Wrangler Jeans” commercials, but what about other former players? Several fans are wondering what these Packer greats are doing with their life since they retired.
Perhaps one of the greatest Packers Wide Receivers in the Aaron Rodgers era, Donald Driver was a 7th round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft out of Alcorn State. The Packers Hall of Famer holds the Packers record for most 1,000 yard seasons, receptions, most consecutive games with a reception, most receptions in the postseason, most receiving yards, and most games played by a Wide Receiver. Today, Driver spends his time working with Northwestern Mutual and puts on events to celebrate the accomplishments of charities, celebrities, companies, and community leaders called “Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve”. Since 2014, Donald Driver has donated over $1 Million to charitable causes by putting on public events like annual softball games. He also won Dancing with the Stars in 2012 and to celebrate, Wisconsin Governor declared May 23rd as “Donald Driver Day”. Donald Driver is a player that always puts his family first, and the Driver family has done so much for the Green Bay community. Driver will always be remembered as one of the greatest Packers receivers of this era, while also continuing to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Known for his aggressiveness and powerful hits, Chuck Cecil is a former Safety for the Green Bay Packers from 1988-1992 and spent seven seasons in the NFL. He was a 4th round pick in the 1988 NFL Draft.
His nickname, “Scud” was given to him for his hit-or-miss approach for tackling opponents. In 1992, Cecil earned his first Pro Bowl in his last season as a Packer. After retiring due to several concussions, Chuck Cecil became a defensive quality control assistant for the Tennessee Titans in 2001 and was later promoted to safeties and nickel backs coach in 2004. He eventually worked his way up to the defensive coordinator position, then later accepted a job as the St. Louis Rams Secondary coach in 2012. Today, Chuck Cecil is a senior defensive analyst at the University of Arizona, his alma mater. Chuck Cecil was a machine in Green Bay and will always be remembered for his thunderous tackles. Football will always play a major role in his life.
Gilbert Brown is a former Nose Tackle for the Green Bay Packers out of the University of Kansas. He was a 3rd round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. He earned the nickname, “The Gravedigger” after his celebratory dances after powerful tackles. Brown was also on the 1996 Super Bowl team, a year where he played the best season of his career, recording 51 tackles and playing his first-ever 16-game season. After his playing career, he coached two indoor football league teams and a women’s football league. Today, Gilbert Brown is a co-owner of the Milwaukee Mile, a NASCAR track that was once used as the Packers’ part-time home field. Along with that, he also started his own foundation to help inner-city kids and other causes like the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Brown has his own burger named after him in Galesville, Wisconsin called the “Gravedigger Burger”, which is a 93-ounce burger, honoring the number he wore as a Packer. Gilbert Brown has a character that is similar to BJ Raji of this era, which is what makes Packer fans love both these players so much. There will certainly never be a player as explosive and vibrant as “The Gravedigger” in Green Bay again.
The Packers have several legendary players including Donald Driver, Chuck Cecil, and Gilbert Brown, that are still making impacts in peoples’ lives today. From the “Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve” fundraiser group to the Milwaukee Mile, these players are continuing to make a difference in their community. Today, there are players like Blake Martinez and Davante Adams that are always making a change in the Green Bay community. We hope they and other current Packers will continue to thrive on the field while changing peoples’ lives off the field.