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More from Donald Driver

Oct. 21, 2012
 

If you read this morning’s story on the reduced role for Donald Driver -- http://pck.rs/RLS2V7 -- you know that the Packers’ all-time leading receiver is “frustrated” by it but has no plans to raise a stink.

Here’s more from my interview with Driver, which took place Friday in the locker room.

Q: Have you lost a step or two?
Driver: “If you look at what I did in training camp, everyone would tell you that I haven’t lost a step, and I haven’t lost anything since. I mean training camp was just six weeks ago.”

Q: The coaches have said you’ve taken rookie Jarrett Boykin under your wing. Why?
Driver: “That’s not hard to do at all. Someone took me under their wing. Free (Antonio Freeman) and Robert Brooks and those guys took me under their wing. I’ve never worried about anyone coming in and taking my spot. That’s never been an issue. They always try to find somebody to replace you, and for me, I think that’s the case: They’re trying to find the next person to replace me. The only that these guys can replace you is by letting you play. I can’t do anything but sit back now and say that’s fine.”

Q: Not playing has to be a blow to your pride, doesn’t it?
Driver: “Yeah, I would never sit up here and go, ‘Oh man I should be playing, this is how it should be.’ As long as we win games, I’m fine. The thing is, I think everyone, every media person, is probably wondering the same thing I’m wondering. But it’s one of those things, it’s not that you can’t play. It’s not that. When Jerry Rice left San Francisco, they probably said I don’t know if he can still play. Then he goes to Oakland and has a Pro Bowl year. It happens.”

Q: Are you considering going to another team next year?
Driver: “You know, I don’t know. I guess for me I’m going to let this season play out.”

Q: It’s fairly obvious this is your last year here, though, right?
Driver: “I guess. If you look at that way, I guess. That probably would be it. I’m not 100 percent sure. No one has come to me and said anything. I’ve always said I want to play as long as I can, but I’ve also said I don’t want to play anyplace else. It’s going to be a hard call when the time comes, and I’m hoping that I can take the right decision. I’ll have to sit down with my family and make the right decision. My wife, I know in her heart, she doesn’t want to leave.”

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