NFLN survey/Super Bowl player: Packers

January, 22, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Our latest NFL Nation survey asked players around the league who they would like to see get a chance to play in his first Super Bowl.

A few years ago, then-Packers receiver Donald Driver might have been one of the leading vote getters in this category. Driver was in his 12th NFL season when he finally reached his first Super Bowl.

“I don’t know if you get any doubt,” Driver said shortly after the Packers clinched their trip to Super Bowl XLV. “I think you get to a point where it’s hard to get here, and once you get in, then you just say hey, I’ve got to win it all.”

And Driver did just that.

But for every player like Driver, there are the likes of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.

They were the top-two vote getters in this category.

Peterson, who received 18.4 percent of the votes, finished his seventh NFL season and has been to the playoff three times but never to a Super Bowl. Gonzalez, who received 17.5 percent of the votes, completed his 17th NFL season and announced his retirement without ever making it to the Super Bowl.

Interestingly, one member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV team that did receive a vote in this category was linebacker Nick Barnett, who did not play in that game because he was on injured reserve with a broken wrist.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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