McCarren: Driver ranks with Starr as beloved Packer

CREATED Jan 31, 2013

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  • Donald Driver. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GREEN BAY - A man who has spent more than four decades around the Green Bay Packers says that now-retired wide receiver Donald Driver has a place as one of the most revered players in team history - for bigger things than what he did on the field.

"When I think about the most beloved Green Bay Packer, I think of Bart Starr and Donald Driver.  That's pretty select company," Packers broadcaster Larry McCarren said on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

According to McCarren, Driver embodied some of the best qualities that an athlete could ever reveal.

"I think he is everything you want a Green Bay Packer to be, on and off the field.  He's a good human being.  The icing on the cake was that he was a heck of a football player, but at the heart of it, he was a good human being.  It showed in a variety of ways."

One example: the yearly softball tournament that grew beyond even the statue it had when a certain No. 4 had his name on it.

"Whoever thought that somebody could take the Brett Favre charity softball game and raise it to another level?  Donald Driver did that, because he was committed to it.  That's not the only cause he worked on," said McCarren.

Larry thinks the retirement ceremony coming on February 6th will give Driver the going-away opportunity he deserves.

"This is the way it should be.  This is the best way for all parties concerned.  Donald will go out the way he deserves to go out, not coming back and signing a one-day contract with the Packers.  He's going to go out in a blaze of Glory.  The organization can give Donald his just due."