I simply can not go to bed tonight without paying tribute to the play that Donald Driver made today.
That play should not surprise Packer fans. Driver has always run as though every catch was his last. As though the ball was his child and he needed to keep it away from marauding bandits bent on kidnapping it. The man has more heart than any other player I have ever seen play the position. No matter his physical limitations, the guy is always running like his life depends on it – and then, when the play is over, he almost always has that million dollar smile on display.
One of the more amazing aspects of that play is finding out that Driver came down with food poisoning on Saturday night, was up at 5 am and in the facility getting treatment so that he could play. I mean, I’ve had bad, bad food poisoning, and I couldn’t make it down the stairs to get the paper. Looking at that play and knowing how horrible he must have felt, I can’t even express how impressive a display that is.
Another brilliant aspect of the play is that it was apparently almost a schoolyard-type play from the get-go. Aaron Rodgers indicated in his post-game press conference that he sent Driver in motion across the formation and that “He didn’t really know what he was doing, I didn’t really know what was going to happen” – I mean, does this sound like the beginning of a game-defining play?
But that’s exactly what it was – thanks to the heart and will of Donald Driver.