Driver clarifies comments regarding Rodgers, 'picks' between him and Favre
Against the New Orleans Saints in 2006. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Retired Packers receiver Donald Driver made comments about the relationship between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former wide receiver Greg Jennings, now a Minnesota Viking.
The comments were taken as criticisms of Rodgers. Driver took Tuesday's appearance on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News" to re-state his friendship with Rodgers and his take on him as a quarterback.
"He's a great quarterback. He's a friend of mine. We're always going to always be close," said Driver.
"I love Aaron. Aaron loves me."
Driver explained that the comments he made to ESPN and other media outlets on Thursday were not taken the right way.
"So many people take things out of context," he said, trying to show that he was hopeful in conveying what Jennings was thinking about Rodgers in a summer-long set of comments about him.
"They gave me an opportunity to say what I thought Greg Jennings meant about Aaron."
If a conflict would arise between Rodgers and Driver, the Packers' all-time leading receiver, "We wouldn't go to the media. We'd go straight to each other."
Driver further went into the topic of which quarterback he'd pick between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, a tough decision for anyone.
The guy who played with both Super Bowl champion quarterbacks picked...well...
"I'm taking both of them. You've got to always have a backup," joked Driver.
Further discussing it, he said, "If I had to put the ball in either one of their hands, I'd pick either one. One of them is going to throw hard, the other is going to be able to run with is feet...Aaron's going to use his feet to keep drives alive. Two guys who are going to be in the Hall of Fame someday."
Do the Packers have what it takes to win another championship this year?
In Drivers' mind, "these guys have a good chance to going to the Super Bowl."
What gives him such optimism was the tape of the Packers' 19-7 win over the St. Louis Rams in preseason.
"I watched the highlight of the St. Louis game. I think they made a great choice of picking up (running back Eddie) Lacy."
Driver cited the combination of Lacy and an improved running game, combined with four No. 1-caliber receivers in Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Jordy Nelson on offense.
"All you have to do is have those guys to step up and play well with Aaron."
In his conversation on 620WTMJ, Driver also re-iterated that he doesn't plan on a 15th season in Green Bay.
"I don't think I want to play football anymore," said Driver, who talked about the not-so-ideal aspects of having to take part in training camps before the season.
"I'm enjoying myself. I get to spend as much time with my family. I'm able to do so much charity work."
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