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Driver talks candidly about his own neck injury, Finley's decisions to make

Donald Driver with Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Driver talks candidly about his own neck injury, Finley's decisions to make

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Oct 22, 2013

The all-time leading receiver of the Green Bay Packers is giving his perspective on what current Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is enduring right now: whether to play or not after a neck injury.

Donald Driver told 620WTMJ's "wisconsin's Afternoon News" that Finley's family will engage in some challenging conversations after the bruised spinal cord he reportedly suffered in the Packers' 31-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

"You have to sit down with your family and make those tough decisions," said Driver.

"Do you play or do you not play? I think Jermichael, if he's able to walk away from it, if God's calling him to play and his family's willing to let him play, then he should play."

Driver speaks from experience with neck injuries. He took listeners through his path after he was hospitalized with such an injury in 2033.

"The funny part is, the thing that was going through my mind (came out) in the tunnel when I saw my wife. (I asked her,) 'Did I catch the football?' She smiled and laughed, and said, 'No, you dropped it,' " he said.

"But when I got to the hospital, it was trying to figure out whether my career was over, should I continue to play, was I making the right choice to come back and play football. Sitting with Betina (his wife) in the room, I remember sitting down with her and telling her that God's not done with me yet. She was like, 'You should retire. I want you to be able to play with your son.' I told her, 'We've got a long way to go. God's not done with me yet.' God blessed me to play 14 years."

Along with winning "Dancing with the Stars" and writing a new book, "Driven."  He'll make three Wisconsin book signing appearances this week.