Driver to Thank the Fans – Classy to the End
The list of great Packer wide receivers is quite impressive. It includes Don Hutson (1935-1945), James Lofton (1978-1986) and Sterling Sharpe (1988-1994). Sitting at the head of that list is the new Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame entrant, Donald Driver. In a recent announcement from his Twitter account, Driver revealed he will be treating Packer fans to a “meet and greet” tour following his induction into the Hall.
Formally, Driver is calling this his "Thank You Fans Tour." To honor one of its all time great, the Packers organization has schedule Driver’s special day will loyal Packers fans for July 22 at Lambeau Field in the afternoon. Soon after his induction, Driver will begin his driving tour, which is scheduled to start on August 10 and run through August 13.
The good news for fans across the state is the Wisconsin tour route is going to be determined by them. He will be taking requests in the weeks leading up to the tour on the following website: http://bit.ly/2osR7m9. To date: he has received over 300 requests. The hope is for the tour to end with Driver's August 13 charity celebrity softball game, which is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
In a statement released to the press, Driver stated: "I have wanted to do this tour since I first announced my retirement from the Packers, and now is the perfect time to say thank you."
Why would Driver demand such notoriety? All he did was retire as Green Bay’s all-time receiver with 10,137 yards over a career that ran from 1999 through the 2012 season. During that time, he played in four Pro Bowls (2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009) and claimed a Super Bowl ring with the World Champion Packers in 2010.
With the 2017 NFL draft scheduled for April 27 through April 29, all of the organizations attention is going to be on finding a diamond in the rough. After a strong late-season run to get into the playoffs, the Packers floundered in the NFC Championship game, a loss to the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 44-21.
In order for the Packers to make another run for a Super Bowl ring under future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers, the Pack is going to have to do a better job of protecting him. They should be targeting a couple of big offensive lineman to handle that task. Other needs would include a little help with pass rushing, a cover cornerback and a little more depth at wide receiver.
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