Donald Driver sets his sights on record book, Hall of Fame
Coming off a Super Bowl championship, Donald Driver has plenty to look forward to in his career.
Yes, at 36 he’s thinking big. Driver got a contract extension at the start of training camp last summer that will carry him through 2012. Now, he’s talking about major milestones and personal accolades.
“James Lofton’s records,” Driver told Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday at his charity softball game. “And I want to make sure that I put a nice little stamp on my legacy. My thing is, is that (there’s) some great guys that wore this number before me. I think if I can get a nice little stamp on this legacy, continue to put some stats up there … And that’s just to make sure that no one ever breaks my records. That’s what James wanted. That’s what Sterling (Sharpe) wanted. Records are meant to be broken, and I want mine to never be broken.
“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.’”
Considering Driver trails Lofton by only 40 yards, he should pass the mark of 9,656 early this next season. Driver should also crack 10,000 yards and he’s 12 touchdowns behind Sterling Sharpe (65) for second place on the franchise’s all-time list. With two good seasons, he could pass Sharpe.
Driver has also talked about possibly having his No. 80 retired one day. But he might need to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame to make that happen. He spoke with Tim Brown before the Super Bowl about that. Brown, of course, is still waiting to be elected in Canton, Ohio.
“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.
“Will that dream ever come true? I don’t know. I hope it will. For me, that’s a goal. It was never a goal early in my career. But when you get to winding down and you feel you’ve done a lot, not just for the organization, but for the community, that should stand for something. To me, that’s all that matters.”
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