March 27, 2012 |
The Times is pleased to have Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver guest-blogging for us while he competes on " Dancing With the Stars . " Every Tuesday, Driver, a Super Bowl champion and three-time Pro Bowl player, will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Driver's thoughts about Week 2, which he offered via email. Q: It has to be pretty nerve-wracking dancing in front of millions of people.
September 8, 2011
A Super Bowl hangover and the NFL lockout weren't about to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The New Orleans Saints just couldn't keep up. Rodgers came out on top in a memorable opening-night duel with Drew Brees, and the Packers made a goal-line stand on the final play of the game to beat the Saints 42-34 on Thursday night. Packers rookie Randall Cobb caught a touchdown from Rodgers and ran a kickoff back 108 yards for a score in the third quarter -- tying an NFL record for the longest kickoff return in history.
February 3, 2011 |
While the Pittsburgh Steelers ascend their stairway to seven ? the relentless pursuit of their seventh Lombardi Trophy ? Green Bay's Donald Driver is hoping seven's the charm. That's how many years Driver has been in the playoffs, and now he's finally in his first Super Bowl. "This means everything," said Driver, 36, the Packers' all-time leading receiver. "You get to a point in your career when you want to get to the big dance. The good part is that I'm finally here and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. " The quintessential survivor, Driver grew up in Houston and spent part of his childhood homeless, at times using a U-Haul trailer for shelter.
September 7, 2008 |
It's important for Brett Favre to learn the language of the New York Jets' playbook, of course. But it's just as important for him to develop a trust and unspoken communication with his new receivers. That's what he had in Green Bay with receiver Donald Driver, among others, and it's what all great quarterbacks develop with their favorite targets. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice had that. If Rice saw a vulnerable spot in a defense -- maybe a corner crowding him at the line of scrimmage with no defender over the top -- it wasn't unusual for him to shoot Montana a subtle hand signal, change his route and head deep downfield.
August 17, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brett Favre's old understudy gave a heck of a performance in Saturday's exhibition game between San Francisco and Green Bay. That's 49ers quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, who spent 11 games as a Packers third-stringer in 2004 whose playing time there consisted of once taking a knee. As for Aaron Rodgers? He's still living in the long, chilly shadow of a Packers legend. A few hours after Favre made his debut with the New York Jet -- "Absolutely Favre-ulous" gushed the NFL.com headline after his five-for-six, one-touchdown showing -- Rodgers struggled through two frustrating quarters at Candlestick Park.
January 20, 2008 |
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP What has made Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre so difficult to defend this season has been his willingness to spread his passes around. Starting with veteran Donald Driver, star-on-the-rise Greg Jennings and underrated James Jones, the Packers are loaded with big-play receivers who can break a game open any time they touch the ball. Then there are tight ends Donald Lee and Bubba Franks, plus reserve wide receivers Ruvell Martin and Koren Robinson -- all quality targets who can burn a defense when left open.