In the Driver's seat

Why wide receiver is on pace to be best-ever for Packers

In all probability, Donald Driver will take another big step in his pro football career Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Driver is only three receptions away from surpassing Hall of Famer James Lofton and closing in fast on Sterling Sharpe as the top pass-catch in team history.

There is no doubt from this perch that before Driver leaves Green Bay he will surpass Sharpe's team record of 595 receptions. With a solid season this year and a halfway decent 2009 season, he'll top the record and then some.

Driver enters the 3:15 p.m. (CT) game with 528 career receptions, two shy of Lofton's total set between 1978-86.

Driver also is on the cusp of a Lambeau Field record. He has 3,459 receiving yards at the Packers' hallowed stadium, 18 yards short of the milestone held by former teammate Antonio Freeman.

Driver's pro career has been nothing short of amazing. Once a seventh round draft pick with a slim chance of making the team, the thin-built receiver out of Alcorn State has made the most of his opportunities. Still is and probably will for a few more seasons.

Driver deserves a standing ovation from Packers fans at Lambeau Field and those watching on television on Sunday when he breaks the record. He has been a steady, rock-solid performer and leader in the locker room and community since his arrival in Green Bay.

Is Driver the best wide receiver ever to play for the Packers? Putting Driver against Lofton, Sharpe and Don Hutson makes for a healthy debate, but here are a few reasons why Driver is the best receiver to play for the Packers in the eyes of this scribe:

Driver is in his 10th season with the Packers, one more than Lofton and three more than Sharpe (1988-94). Hutson played 11 seasons with the Packers, but there is no reason to think that Driver won't be back with Green Bay for his 11th season next year.

Trailing Sharpe by 67 catches, Driver should be able to top 595 next season. And if he has the most catches in Packers history, that overshadows the fact that Lofton was named to seven Pro Bowls as a member of the Packers and Sharpe five.

Driver has been to three Pro Bowls with a chance to go to a fourth, but Greg Jennings has emerged as the go-to guy ahead of Driver, so it is more likely that Jennings will have the better chance at making the Pro Bowl team than Driver.

In any case, Driver's leadership is second to none. He is vocal when he has to be with teammates, supportive but critical as well. He makes others around him play better, and that is perhaps the greatest compliment to an athlete. And he has been a consistent performer all along.

Driver has caught a pass in 101 consecutive games, nearing Sharpe's franchise record of 103 consecutive games. Count on Driver making it 102 straight games tomorrow.

When all is said and done with Driver's career, he will leave Green Bay as the best-ever receiver to wear the Green and Gold. That's my two cents, but Driver has put himself in that position the old-fashioned way - he's earned it. For that, Packers fans can be thankful.

Soak in watching Driver snare passes as much as you can. It's not often that the best player ever to play a position for the Packers comes along.

Todd Korth writes for and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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