Training Camp Countdown: 20 Days

WR Donald Driver (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Before Donald Driver begins what might be his farewell tour, it's time to appreciate his greatness. His numbers rank among the best in NFL history.

There are 20 days remaining until the Green Bay Packers kick off training camp.

Every day until the start of camp on July 26, we'll be giving you one juicy nugget to whet your appetite for the return of football. We'd give you more but the CBA forbids two-a-days. Sorry.

Donald Driver will not be a Pro Football Hall of Famer, but his numbers show his greatness over one of the most unexpected careers in franchise history.

Yes, this is a different era, so matching Driver's numbers up against other receivers is tricky business. For instance, Driver has 735 receptions in 13 seasons compared to, say, John Stallworth's 537 or Paul Warfield's 427, both of whom are in Canton after 14-year careers.

Still, it's incredible to consider that Driver enters this season ranked 32nd in NFL history with 735 receptions and is tied for 35th with 10,060 yards. Driver has more receptions than Hall of Famer receivers Charley Taylor, Don Maynard, Raymond Berry, Fred Biletnikoff, Lance Alworth, Stallworth, Bobby Mitchell, Tommy McDonald, Don Hutson, Warfield, Tom Fears, Elroy Hirsch and Bob Hayes.

Last season, Driver finished with 37 catches for 445 yards. If he matches those numbers this season, he'd pass Hall of Famers James Lofton, Charlie Joiner, Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk to move into 25th place in receptions, and pass Hall of Famers Alworth and Shannon Sharpe to move into 32nd place in receiving yards. Driver has 59 receiving touchdowns; only 70 players in NFL history have reached 60.

"I don't know if the numbers are going to get you in," Driver said at his charity softball game. "You've got great guys who haven't been in the Hall of Fame — Cris Carter, Tim Brown — those guys have all the numbers. I think what separates those guys is those guys don't have Super Bowl rings. There are great players who played before me, and to be mentioned in the same breath with those guys, I'm fine with that. And if I never get in the Hall of Fame, I'm OK. As long as I get in the Packers Hall of Fame."


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