At this day and age, a lot of professional athletes never stay with the same team for their whole career so when Donald Driver announced his retirement after 14 years with the Green Bay Packers, it was a breath of fresh air. Driver is arguably the best wide receiver by the numbers in Green Bay history, and I’m sure within a number of years that his number will be retired by the team. I just hope that more players follow Driver’s lead and stay with their original team.
There are a lot of players who move teams because they can get more money from someone else but if you have been in a certain place for a long time, what is the point of moving on? Driver’s got a Super Bowl ring, which is usually a lot of players’ reason for signing elsewhere, but I have always thought that players should be loyal to the team they were drafted by unless they are being treated badly by that team.
If more players would stay with the same team as well, fans would get to know those hometown heroes instead of having to find a scorecard each year just to know who is on the roster. It is a tiring exercise after a period of time, and one that isn’t necessary. I’m not saying that teams should be able to keep their players forever, but some loyalty wouldn’t be a bad thing. Driver will always be a hero to fans in Green Bay and always should be.