GREEN BAY – One of Donald Driver’s post-football TV gigs will be a guest spot on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. As it turns out, there’s another extreme makeover in the works, in honor of the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading receiver.
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt announced at Driver’s retirement event Wednesday morning at Lambeau Field that the statue of “The Receiver,” which is currently located in front of the Titletown Brewing restaurant in downtown Green Bay, will get a facelift and will soon depict Driver.
The 22-foot receiver currently wears No. 88 and simply has “Packer” painted on the back of its jersey where the name would be. Schmitt said the statue will be repainted, changing the number from 88 to Driver’s No. 80 and the name will be changed to “Driver.”
Schmitt also said nearby North Pearl Street, which runs alongside the Titletown Brewery property, will be renamed Donald Driver Way. The mayor also presented Driver with a key to the city of Green Bay during the event.
“It’s going to mean the world. There are so many things we go through and we don’t know what to expect at the end of the day. To be honored with my own street and a statue is truly something special. That’s shows you the love. That shows you the support. That shows you the dedication of what I’ve done for this organization and this community that the community will honor me the same way. It’s truly something special. I love you guys. It’s been an awesome, awesome ride. Now, it’s time for the next chapter.”
The fiberglass statue shows a player stretching out to catch a pass from atop of a large football base. It was first located at the old Packers Hall of Fame until the Lambeau Field redevelopment in 2003, when the Hall of Fame moved inside the stadium. The statue was then moved to a tract of land in front of the Neville Public Museum downtown, but when a World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial was built in 2005, “The Receiver” was again homeless Titletown Brewery owner Brent Weycker gave the statue a new home in September 2005.
Weycker told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he was excited when Schmitt approached him with the idea, and that he plans to pay for the statue work himself.
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