Donald Driver retired from football four months ago, but the former Green Bay Packers star says that has not stopped a number of NFL teams from calling him to see if they can coax him into continuing his career. While the 38-year-old has not completely ruled out returning to football, he says he would never play his home games anywhere but Lambeau Field.
When speaking to reporters before his sixth annual charity softball game over the weekend, Driver explained what it would take to get him to come out of retirement.
“I think the thing is, if you have the itch to continue to play, then it doesn’t matter who you play for, because that’s what you want to do,” Driver said, via FOX Sports Wisconsin. “You just want to play the game. I love the game, but I only love one team. When you love the game, you’ll play for anybody. Anybody who offers you something, you’re willing to step on the field and play for them.
“I decided that I love one team. But I do love the game. At the end of the day, if I get that itch, it would only be for the green and gold.”
And Driver insists his comments are more than just a compliment to the team where he spent his entire 14-year career. If the Packers still wanted him on the roster, he wouldn’t mind going through a 15th training camp.
“If the Packers called me and said, ‘Drive, come back to training camp,’ I’d be back for training camp,” he said. “But until then, I’ll be sitting at home and just watching football.”
Driver said he spoke to other former NFL players who told him he would never get the same love and respect from another team as he got from the Packers. As this 78-year-old fan recently reminded us, Driver was a huge fan favorite during his career with Green Bay. The team has gotten younger and more explosive at receiver, which basically signaled the end of his career. There’s nothing wrong with knowing when to call it quits.