After 12 Seasons of Accomplishments in Green Bay, Donald Driver reached his ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl ring when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV
By his twelfth year in the NFL, Donald Driver already had been to multiple Pro-Bowls, earned the respect of his peers and held multiple all-time team records. But something was missing. Despite all of his individual accolades, Donald hadn’t achieved his ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl championship. That would all change in 2010.
One of the few veterans on what was one of the league’s youngest teams, Donald was counted on to make plays while providing leadership and a steady hand to help the team navigate through the peaks and valleys of the NFL season.
After making it into the playoffs as the last seed, Donald and the Packers reeled off three straight road victories to make it to Super Bowl XLV. Finally presented with the chance to make his dream come true, Donald made a 24 yard 3rd down grab that allowed the Packers to get out of their own red zone in the first quarter. Donald would make another reception in the second quarter before suffering an ankle injury that would knock him out of the game. Knowing he couldn’t suit up for the second half, Donald gave an emotional speech at halftime that motivated the team and helped them hang on to a memorable 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. “He wanted to go back in, but he couldn’t,” said Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. “We said, ‘We’re going to make plays and this man’s leaving with a ring.’ ”
After the win, Donald took some time to reflect on the significance of achieving his ultimate goal. "It's truly amazing," Driver said. "It's truly, truly a blessing. This is something I've dreamed of for a long time and it's finally here. When that clock was ticking down, I didn't know what to do. I'm glad that I'm now able to say I am part of history."