The long wait is finally over. Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, who retired after the 2013 NFL season after an outstanding football career, finally got a street named after him. Donald Driver Way and a 22-foot statue in his honor were unveiled on Saturday, with Driver himself present to bask in the glory with the Packer faithful.
Driver made sure to thank several people when he addressed the fans at Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay, Wis. However, there was one man in particular he made sure not to leave out of his speech.
“Fourteen years ago, I would have never imagined I would be standing where I am today. But one man I honored at my retirement wasn’t there to take the recognition for bringing me here today,” he said, according to USA Today Sports. “I cannot leave this podium without honoring the man, Mr. Ron Wolf.”
The former Packers general manager selected Driver in the seventh round (213th overall pick) of the 1999 NFL Draft. Wolf is the man who became a legend in Green Bay when he traded a first-round draft pick for then-Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Brett Favre. He also made one of the greatest free-agent signings of all time when he inked a deal with defensive end Reggie White. Those two moves alone were a big reason why the Packers had so much success in the 1990s, including winning Super Bowl XXXI.
Driver also wanted to make sure to thank the Packers fans once again for everything they have done for him.
“We know this wouldn’t have been possible without all the fans’ support throughout the last 14 years of my career,” Driver said, according to USA Today Sports. “It’s not my street sign, it’s your street sign. The statue with my name on the back of it has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with you.”
Driver is Green Bay’s all-time leader in receiving yards (10,137) and receptions (743).