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Packers Daily Links: Driver Appeals to DWTS Voters by Beating Ward, Steelers

Wide receiver Donald Driver competes in the Dancing With The Stars final this week and talked to the Green Bay Press-Gazette about his hopes for a record-setting performance from voters. “Three years ago, the Steeler Nation carried Hines Ward to the Mirror Ball. What I need is the same thing – but more. I need Packer Nation to carry me through the Mirror Ball and then also blow Steeler Nation out the window,’’ Driver is quoted as saying. “We beat ’em in the Super Bowl, why not beat ’em in ‘Dancing With the Stars’?’’ Voting by phone and online helps to determine the winner of the reality television show on ABC.

The future of Donald Driver in Green Bay remains a topic of speculation. Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal weighs in. "The problem is, keeping a player of Driver’s age, declining production and $5 million salary-cap number goes against everything the Packers regime believes in," writes Oates. "General manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy have built an NFL power by drafting and developing players, retaining core veterans in their prime and keeping the roster young. They seldom, if ever, have allowed sentiment to enter into their decisions." This is a debate that has played out ad nauseam in the local media. And it's only going to intensify if no move is taken by the time of Driver's annual charity softball game in a few weeks in Wisconsin.

Former Packers running back Ahman Green spoke to OutSports.com about gay identity in professional sports and football in particular. “In our sport, to be honest, I think it would be hard for any guy to come out while he’s playing,” Green told the columnist. “And that’s not a happy thing to say. The gay community is just like everybody else, but they’re treated differently. It’s a double standard. If a guy was gay, he wouldn’t come out while he was playing. He knows the possibility of the scrutiny he might face from the locker room, which would be unfair. I am very open-minded. It is what it is. People are born that way. You can’t control it. Just like you’re white, I’m black. But a lot of people don’t think my way. I wish they did, because then there wouldn’t be guys who wanted to stay hidden.” Green also talked about having a gay brother and sister.

Mike McCarthy is called a bargain from a salary-standpoint compared to other NFL head coaches, according to Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette. "In fact, it can be argued McCarthy is underpaid compared to some of his coaching brethren residing in the exclusive $7 million club," writes Vandermause. McCarthy's salary is reportedly $6.45 million per year, lower than many others in the NFL.

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is featured in an article at ESPNWisconsin.com as the Packers enter "phase three" of their offseason training program.

Kicker Mason Crosby talks football in a blog post over at JSOnline.

Packer Report has articles on Jerron McMillian and Tommie Draheim.

Interviews with several Packers are conducted by DoorCountyDailyNews.com while the Tailgate Tour hit Sturgeon Bay this past weekend, with action at a Habitat for Humanity build and then an tailgate party atmosphere later on.

Video: Jordy Nelson took a few minutes to talk while at the Habitat for Humanity build while on the Tailgate Tour this past weekend...

Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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redlights's picture

After reading tons of articles in the past week about Driver, here's my take:

I believe that the Pack will pay his bonus to start training camp, this is as much of a "thank you", as it is the insurance policy against WR complacency. If he's one of the top six WR when camp breaks, he'll be on the roster at the veteran minimum, if the "kids" kick butt; he'll retire as a Packer, content that he gave it his all. The Pack will likely keep six WR to compliment their somewhat thin group at RB, with reports that Cobb would lineup in the backfield on occasion.

Other possibilities are to dump J.Jones, but it sounds like he is the best at beating press coverage. Trade Jennings if we don't think we can extend his contract; but I just don't see it happening. Cobb could have a sophomore slump, but his spot is secure. The rookies could fall on their face; but they didn't sign rookie minimum contracts if the Pack wasn't sure of their abilities. Lastly, could they call Gurley a TE; whatever.

Packers are always interesting!

Evan's picture

Always liked Ahman Green.

Chad Toporski's picture

I get the call by Driver to amp up the voting, but he might have wanted to word it a bit differently. Steeler Nation is pretty expansive, and he might have just invited them to vote against him.

Mojo's picture

About Driver and DWTS. Although DWTS is lighthearted dance competition (however the "stars" get into it after awhile), would you want your victory based on popularity rather than merit? Don't get me wrong, DD has done a great job all season, but Maria Menounos was the best overall celebrity dancer, and she was voted off last week. Originally I wanted DD to win but after last weeks vote I'm a little more "whatever".

Brian Carriveau's picture

As I understand it, it is part fans, part judges that determine the final outcome.

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