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To collect, or not to collect during historic season

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Green Bay Packers are sitting with a 13-0 record for the first time in franchise history and could become the fourth team in NFL history to start 14-0 with a win over the Chiefs on Sunday. A Super Bowl is the ultimate goal, but there's no question the team is in the midst of a rare season. I asked Donald Driver if he collected anything or has done anything to make sure he has some lasting memories of the year. "No, not really," Driver said. "It hasnít been to a point where I even thought about saving stuff from this year. They say normally when you start saving stuff for years to come, that means youíre starting to hang it up. That hasnít even crossed my mind." "The time I will do it is, probably when Iím done and decided that itís time to put the cleats on the shelf. That year, most likely, will be a special year for me as well." "At this point, being 13-0, I havenít even thought to save anything. When itís all said and done, if we can get back to the big dance, thatís going to be a special moment for me more than anything else." "I donít think you can reminisce on it. If you start reminiscing now, you forget whatís the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to get back to Super Bowl 46. Not to just continue to win games. When itís all said and done, youíre hoping that youíre sitting good, won a lot of games and are not going home early. Thatís been our mindset. Just take each game one by one and hopefully when itís all said and done, we can look back and say that was a very special year." Desmond Bishop said he's kept a few things. "Kind of. A little bit," Bishop said. "The thing that sticks out to me the most is the throwback stuff. Keeping some of that stuff." "Iíve got a ball signed for my basement with everybody from this team on it. Itís like a special year, so I can look back and, hey, this was a special year right here." "Not really (weird) so much for me. I feel like weíre still in the moment. Thereís really no time to stop and exhale and really think about too much. Granted, if everything goes as planned, itís something you can look back on. I think the biggest thing you have is not really memorabilia. Not a jersey. Itís just your memory. Thatís something you can always tap into whenever." Safety Charlie Peprah hasn't started yet, but he will. "Me, personally, I havenít done that because I donít want to lose focus. But I think after the season I might do something like that Ė if we accomplish what we want to accomplish. Or even what weíve accomplished so far. Might take some things during the season that weíve got Ė some balls or something like that. Get them painted Ė some interception balls. Do stuff like that." "But right now I think everybodyís keeping it just the same. Not trying to treat this different from any other season† or week-to-week no different from any other game. Thatís kind of the mindset." "Individually, there might be some people doing some stuff different. But as a whole, as a team, weíre not doing anything different. We did nít even start Victory Mondayís until a couple weeks ago! We started that earlier last year. I really think Mike has done a good job of keeping everything same-as, same-as. Thatís a big part of our success."

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