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Driver landmarks could leave lasting legacy in Green Bay

Feb. 6, 2013
 
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Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt presents former Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver with a street sign Wednesday in Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay. / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
The unnamed Packers player depicted outside Titletown Brewing, 200 Dousman St., could soon be recast permanently in the image of Donald Driver. / File/Press-Gazette Media

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For visitors to downtown Green Bay, Donald Driver might never really be gone.

Plans are in the works to rename a city street after the wide receiver and to transform a well-known statue into another Driver tribute.

Both gestures were announced Wednesday during Driver’s retirement ceremony before hundreds of fans in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

City officials are considering renaming a portion of Pearl Street “Donald Driver Way,” said Green Bay Public Works Director Steve Grenier. The name change would affect a segment of Pearl Street that extends north from Dousman Street, alongside Titletown Brewing.

If future development calls for extending the street farther north, the Donald Driver name could continue as far as Bond Street. Grenier said he hopes the name change would draw new development to the area.

“Maybe something like this will be enough to make people say, ‘I want to be on Donald Driver Way,’” he said.

No schedule has been announced for seeking City Council approval of the street renaming.

Similar plans were announced in 2011 for renaming a street “McCarthy Way” after Coach Mike McCarthy led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV. But no consensus has emerged among city officials on which street to rename.

Another Driver tribute is planned outside Titletown Brewing, 200 Dousman St., where a familiar 22-foot statue shows a nameless Packers receiver reaching to catch a football.

Titletown Brewing owner Brent Weycker said he intends to repaint the statue into an image of Driver during his green-and-gold glory days, including his number and his name on the statue’s jersey. Weycker said he was enthused when Mayor Jim Schmitt approached him recently with the idea for both the statue and the street renaming.

Weycker plans to pay for the statue work himself, and he hopes to have it done by summer as a lasting tribute to “a true gentleman.”

“I’ve always liked Donald Driver,” he said. “I would be honored to have him be part of this long term.”

swilliams@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @pgscottwilliams.

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