Donald Driver: Pack still savoring title
Unlike several teams, Green Bay Packers players haven't participated in large-scale informal workouts during the lockout. Maybe that's because they are still basking in the glow of their Super Bowl victory.
In an interview with ESPN's "NFL Live" on Monday, receiver Donald Driver said there are no formal plans for player workouts and that he and his teammates are still enjoying the feeling of being champions.
We're just enjoying the atmosphere of winning the Super Bowl. We haven't had the opportunity just to celebrate like we want to.” -- Donald Driver
"We're just enjoying the atmosphere of winning the Super Bowl. We haven't had the opportunity just to celebrate like we want to," he said.
The Packers will get a chance to celebrate later this month. The team will hold a private ceremony June 16 to give players their Super Bowl rings, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The event will be held in the Atrium at Lambeau Field and will be limited to members of the team only.
Driver said although Packers players have talked about getting together for workouts, members of the team are "working out individually."
He has noticed that other teams' players have been working out in groups but he doesn't see that as a priority for the Packers.
"Maybe it's been beneficial to (other teams). We haven't done it, but one thing about our team is we know exactly what stands in front of us and that's trying to come back and start a season where we can repeat once again."
Driver isn't the only Packers player to question the need for informal workouts during the lockout. Linebacker A.J. Hawk and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have questioned the value and logistics of the workouts.
Hawk told the Journal Sentinel last month that he has heard that some teams' informal workouts have been "a disaster" due to players having to train "at bad high school fields." He later said in an interview with ESPN that he'd be OK with informal workouts if they were in the right setting.
"These owners built these billion dollar facilities and we're not allowed in to work out in them," Hawk told ESPN. "The fans ... paid all this money and basically paid for all these stadiums and (owners) won't let us in to work out. That's what I think is a disaster. We've got guys (around the NFL) working out on soggy high school fields that are getting rained on, and we don't have proper equipment and we don't have trainers. We don't have anything there. It's kind of on us if guys get hurt."
Not all of the Packers have been working out individually, however.
A group of offensive linemen, led by veteran center Scott Wells and left tackle Chad Clifton, got together in Nashville last week, and place-kicker Mason Crosby and punter Tim Masthay have been working out together at the Green Bay YMCA and a local Gold's Gym while kicking at St. Norbert College, an NCAA Division III school in the Green Bay suburb of De Pere.
Masthay said on Sunday while attending Driver's charity softball game (attended by more than two-dozen Packers) that while having no OTAs or minicamp has not been ideal, the team should have enough time to prepare for the season as long as training camp opens July 30, as scheduled.
"If you lost part of training camp, you'd really start feeling like the preparation is less than what you need," Masthay said. "But at the same time, everyone would be in the same boat, so it'd be a level playing field in that regard.
Rodgers said in a recent radio interview that the players might need to get together if the lockout isn't resolved soon, and running back Ryan Grant and safety Nick Collins said it will be Rodgers' call.
"I know a lot of guys are getting antsy, but we're professionals. We know what we need to do to stay in shape," Collins said. "Once we get that call (we'll) be ready for training camp."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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