Driver proves Packers made the right choice

Any question marks surrounding the ability of Donald Driver to be Brett Favre's go-to guy have already been erased. Sunday's game simply added an exclamation point.<P> Driver had a career-high 11 catches for 130 yards against the Lions at Lambeau as the man he replaced looked on from the visitors' sideline.<P>

While Driver posted his record numbers, former Packer Bill Schroeder finished with zero catches, a drop at end the game and a deflection off his hands for Marques Anderson's interception and TD.

Add to that the final score, the NFC North standings and the season stats for Driver and Schroeder, and the contrast couldn't be much sharper.

"A lot of people questioned letting guys go," quarterback Brett Favre said, referring to Schroeder and Antonio Freeman. "I don't think they are questioning it now."

Freeman had all but abandoned his role as Favre's go-to guy, and Schroeder wasn't quite able to grasp that brass ring when it was in his reach several times.

This year, fourth-year player and perennial backup Driver has seized the opportunity in a way that only he, coach Mike Sherman and Favre believed he could.

Driver's 11 catches Sunday ties for fourth-highest in Packer annals. He joins Don Hutson, Bob Mann, Billy Howton, Eddie Lee Ivery, Gerry Ellis, James Lofton, Sterling Sharpe, Robert Brooks and Don Beebe at No. 4. The record is held by Hutson, with 14 catches on Nov. 22, 1942 vs. the Giants. Hutson also holds second place.

Sherman said he first took note of Driver when the seventh-round draft pick out of Alcorn State was strictly a special teams contributor. Sherman saw the potential in the wide receiver, as did Favre who speaks highly of his teammate at every opportunity.

They believed in Driver when not many others took notice.

"The said (I was) too small to play in the National Football League, or this and that," Driver said. "That just makes me hungrier.

"I think opponents think 'Donald is a first year starter, so maybe he can't get it done," Driver said. "I just use all that for incentive."

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