Apparently, as he told the Green Bay Press-Gazette , he has more now than he had four or five years ago.
Driver, who has recorded five-straight 1,000-yard receiving years and enters his 12th season in the league at the age of 35, had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees this offseason, and he said that he’s pain-free. “I’m able to do things I wasn’t able to do 4-5 years ago,” he told the newspaper. “I wasn’t able to squat free-weight anymore. Now I’m back to that. I can squat straight down and come back up without any pain. I couldn’t lunge, I couldn’t twist, I couldn’t do anything. I played with a lot of pain, and now that pain is over with.”
I’ll be interested to see how Driver responds this season. He didn’t participate in drills Monday during the Packers mini-camp, but assuming he continues to heal, he and WR Greg Jennings still should put up major stats with QB Aaron Rodgers throwing to them. Unless Driver, and his fresh knees, suddenly get old. That’s not likely to happen, though. Driver’s work ethic is well-regarded, especially since the former seventh-round pick has made himself into one of the top receivers of the last decade. If he wants to play until he’s 40, as he says, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.
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