Undrafted rookie issued No. 80 Packers jersey last worn by Driver
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Donald Driver has a street named after him, a key to the city of Green Bay and his own statue. There was even Donald Driver Day in the state of Wisconsin on Feb. 6, 2013.
But one thing that Driver doesn’t have is his No. 80 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers. Therefore, sooner or later, someone else was bound to wear that number.
That day is here.
Undrafted free-agent tight end Justin Perillo was given Driver’s old No. 80 by the Packers as the rookies reported to the team Monday.
"Two amazing and hard working men @lofton80 (James Lofton) and I have worn #80 for many many years," Driver tweeted Monday afternoon. "Justin Perillo keep the #80 going. #Hardworkpaysoff."
Last season, during Driver’s first year of retirement, no Green Bay player was issued No. 80. Of course, Perillo may not make the team this year, which would put No. 80 back into the unused pile.
It’s unlikely that the Packers will ever retire Driver’s No. 80. Lofton, another former Packers star receiver who was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, wore that same number in Green Bay from 1978-86.
The only numbers retired by the Packers are Reggie White’s No. 92, Ray Nitschke’s No. 66, Bart Starr’s No. 15, Don Hutson’s No. 14 and Tony Canadeo’s No. 3.
Brett Favre’s No. 4 will almost certainly join that short list in Green Bay before the retired quarterback becomes a Pro Football Hall of Famer in 2016.
In the meantime, Perillo finds himself as the answer to a future trivia question about which Packers player was the first to wear No. 80 after Driver.
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