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Thu, January 31, 2013

I almost got Donald Driver's winter coat

The big news of Thursday came early in the morning. A tweet from #80. An interview on a national radio show...he's retiring and there is going to be a big Lambeau party for him next week.

It's a move I think we all saw coming, yet not unlike when an elderly and failing relative dies, it's still hard to swallow when it happens no matter how expected it was.

"Double D" says it's time and that he, unlike certain other famous former players, will NOT be changing his mind about this move. It's a decision he said was a very tough one.

Selfishly, I think it's the right one too. I say that because as for me myself as a huge NFL fan, I don't think I could handle another Favre situation in this case. Seeing Donald Driver in a Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings uniform on the field would make me physically ill. So I'm glad he retires in Green & Gold!

Years back in another radio life I remember first meeting Donald when he would come to the studio to be interviewed for his weekly show. I've met many pro athletes over the course of my 30+ years in broadcasting and only a handful have made a real impression on me. Donald is one of them. Very few take the time to listen to your answer when they say "How ya doin'?" Donald always did. He seemed as genuine as they come.

And about that winter jacket?

One season the Packers had really cool-looking long white down-type winter coats on the sidelines with a simple "G" logo on them that really popped on those long quilt-like coats. I asked him in the studio...."Hey Donald, I love those new sideline winter coats you have. Can I have yours when you're done with it?"

I figured why not ask? Who knows...maybe he'd go for it and I'd have the most awesome Packers' item ever.

He actually laughed and said, "Phil I'd give it to you but it's not ours. We have to give all that stuff back to the team at the end of the season."

Drat.


And kudos to PhilCast friend Frank Caliendo on Donald's introduction on the Mike & Mike show today....Frank did it in his classic Madden voice. I'll play it on the PhilCast this afternoon.

DD....awesome career. And his retirement announcement today only solidifies my gripe from Pack Yak about the last game this season....Donald should have been put into the game on that last drive out of nothing more than respect for one of the greatest.



Donald--Frank--Victor Cruz in New Orleans

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