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Donald Driver said Sunday he would come out of retirement if the Green Bay Packers asked him to do so, but he would not for any other team.
Speaking at his charity softball game, the receiver, who announced his retirement in February after 14 seasons, said he has received calls from teams asking him whether he would be willing to play this season. He didn't identify the teams that inquired about his availability but made it clear he would play for only the Packers.
"I think the thing is, if you have the itch to continue to play, then it doesn't matter who you play for, because that's what you want to do. You just want to play the game. I love the game, but I only love one team," Driver said, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Driver, who had just eight receptions for 77 yards in 13 games last season, said if he gets "that itch" to return, "it would only be for the green and gold."
Driver, 38, is the Packers' all-time leader in receptions (743) and yards receiving (10,137). He also had 61 touchdown catches after making the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of Alcorn State in 1999.
Driver said he talked to other players who decided to continue their careers with another team after spending their entire careers with one franchise and "every guy I've talked to said they wish they never went to another team."
Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson, two rookie receivers drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2013 draft to help replace Driver, played in Sunday's softball game.
|Donald Driver had a street named for him in Green Bay in February when he retired.|
Dorsey and Driver had a short talk during the fourth inning of Sunday's game, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"He said to stay in the playbook, know your assignments because when your time is called, they're going to expect you to execute," Dorsey said, according to the newspaper. "So that's the biggest thing. He said, 'You're here for a reason. You know how to play football. When they call you, just make sure you know what you're doing.' ... It was a good conversation. It was something as a rookie you take in, you take it personal."
After his retirement, Driver was given a key to the city and a Green Bay street, Donald Driver Way, was renamed for him. This past weekend a statue that was repainted to depict him was unveiled.
He said he misses football "a little bit" but he'd "never miss" training camp, minicamps and OTAs. Still, if the Packers called him and said they needed him at camp this summer, he said he'd be there.
"If the Packers called me and said, 'Drive, come back to training camp,' I'd be back for training camp," he said. "But until then, I'll be sitting at home and just watching football."
He added: "I think the thing for me is if the Packers call midseason, I'd be in shape. I've been staying in shape."