Driver Aiming For Hall Of Fame
[intlink id=”76″ type=”category”]Donald Driver[/intlink] will one day enter the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, but surprisingly, Driver has his eye on the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
“If I can play two to three more years and put a nice little stamp on it, those records will stand there forever, and when it’s all said and done, maybe one day I can stand up here in Canton, Ohio, saying, ‘I made it,’” Driver said.
Driver is referring to the Packers’ receiving records he already owns and the one he’s about to break. He has the team record for receptions and consecutive games with a reception. This season Driver will also pass James Lofton’s team record for yards, which stands at 9,656.
Driver is 40 yards shy of the mark.
Whether that will be enough to land Driver in the Hall of Fame is questionable. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler, but has never been an All Pro, which is a much greater honor than making the Pro Bowl.
However, it’s been suggested that winning the Super Bowl may be enough for some voters to consider Driver.
Driver said he spoke to receiver Tim Brown, a finalist for the Hall of Fame in his two years of eligibility, before the Super Bowl about that very subject.
“He sat down and said, ‘If you win a Super Bowl come Sunday, they will have to look at you as a candidate for the Hall of Fame,’” Driver said. “For him to say that, that was something that made me dream about it even more. … When Tim Brown tells you they have to look at me as being a candidate, I shook my head that night and said all I have to do is win the Super Bowl and maybe I’ll get the opportunity to maybe one day be there.”
In 12 NFL seasons, Driver has 698 receptions, 9,615 yards and 53 touchdowns. He has seven 1,000-yard seasons.
Currently Driver ranks 34th in receptions, 37th in yards and 86th in receiving touchdowns on the NFL’s all-time lists.
It will likely take two more Pro Bowl seasons for Driver to merit serious consideration for the Hall of Fame.
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