While Donald Driver was running meaningless routes with 4 minutes to go in the Packers 55-7 blowout victory over the Tennessee Titans he and his family were mourning the loss of his sister in law due to road rage gun violence and his father’s admission to into the hospital with water in his lungs and around his heart.
Driver’s season certainly hasn’t gone as planned personally or professionally.
I asked Driver how his season has gone in his eyes. Driver’s response, “My eyes…(long pause)…do you see my eyes?” You can’t help but smile as Donald’s broad smile shines brightly. “I see you smiling”, I stated.
“That’s all I can do”, Driver laughed, “I’m ok with it, it’s not what I wanted but you have to deal with it and move on.”
Driver doesn’t know what his plans are for next year but he is excited about this upcoming post-season, “I’m blessed, most guys don’t get but one or two shots at the playoffs, out of my 14 season’s I’ve been there what….10 times”. Money, playing time, rotation on the depth chart…Driver just wants to win one more Super Bowl, “The ultimate goal for any NFL player is to win a Super Bowl. I just want to help this team any way I can to get that ring.”
Driver feels that he leads by example, no matter what. Whether it’s playing time, a broken and split bone in his thumb, his sister in law’s tragic death or his father’s battle with possible lung cancer, Driver believes that he’s the guy that still can show other guys on this team how to be a professional.
“I don’t need to teach these guys or be a coach to them, I just need to be a pro and go about my business in the right way”, Driver states while pointing to the lockers of the other receivers near his, “If they see me do things right and with class, I can only hope that it rubs off on them. I’m responsible to them and this organization to do my best…..I always have.”
If you know Donald, you can tell he’s a little…or a lot….hurt by the way this season has transpired but he will never let you show it, he simply has too much class.