For their performances vs. the Detroit Lions, wide receiver Donald Driver and quarterback Aaron Rodgers were chosen as the Packers Hall of Fame Featured Players of the Week. It is the first time two players have shared the recognition. The weekly exhibit contains memorabilia from the victory over the Lions, including a football autographed by Driver and a football autographed by Rodgers.
Rodgers and Driver connected on a key fourth-quarter 71-yard touchdown pass that stretched the team's narrow three-point lead and provided a milestone for both players in the process.
For Driver, the reception sent him over the 1,000-yard mark and made him the first player in team history to post six seasons of 1,000 yards or more receiving in a career. It was also his fifth straight 1,000-yard season, extending his franchise record, as he finished the year with 1,012 yards. Wide receivers James Lofton and Sterling Sharpe each posted five 1,000-yard seasons during their Green Bay careers.
For Rodgers, the career-long scoring throw put him over the 4,000-yard mark in his first season as the starting quarterback as he finished 2008 with 4,038 passing yards. The accomplishment places him in some pretty elite company as he became just the second player in NFL history to top the 4,000-yard plateau in the season in which he made his first start, joining Arizona's Kurt Warner, who passed for 4,353 yards with St. Louis in his MVP season of 1999.
During each week of the season, new items from the previous game were placed in the display to be viewed by visitors to the Hall. An included item has been the autographed game ball, which at the end of the week will be awarded randomly to a Hall of Fame visitor who signed up for the free drawing.
The winners of autographed footballs thus far have been Betty Hungerford, Hudson, Wis. (Week 1, Will Blackmon), Carl Peterson, Melrose, Wis. (Week 2, Charles Woodson), Chuck Prill, Aledo, Texas (Week 3, Greg Jennings), Allen Farner, Fountain City, Wis. (Week 4, Greg Jennings), Colleen Duffey, Green Bay (Week 5, Aaron Rodgers), Tom Beall, Milam, Texas (Week 6, Aaron Kampman) Lisa Van Straten, Appleton, Wis. (Week 7, Nick Collins), Paul Ladrow, Lancaster, Pa. (Week 9, Donald Driver), Jeanette Siemers, Woodbury, Minn. (Week 10, Nick Collins), Tracy Dahlberg, Minooka, Ill. (Week 11, Ryan Grant), Linda LeBlanc, Morgan City, La. (Week 12, Greg Jennings), Mark Simones, Burnsville, Minn. (Week 13, Greg Jennings), Collin Stephens, Cedarburg, Wis. (Week 14, Ryan Grant), Luke Domitrovich, Marquette, Mich. (Week 15, James Jones) and Matt Reiners, Waukesha, Wis. (Week 16, Aaron Rodgers).
Also in the exhibit has been the featured player's jersey, as well as other items such as a face mask, shoes, gloves and other equipment.
The exhibit opened Tuesday, Sept. 9, and concludes this week. Hall of Fame admission is required to see the exhibit, and upon purchasing a ticket for the Hall, each visitor will receive a random drawing form to fill out. One form will be distributed per each paid admission. A winner will be selected at close of business Saturday and be notified on or before the following Monday.
*The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open on non-game days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of opening at 8 a.m. on the day prior to and after a game. Hours may vary on game days and holidays. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and older), $5 for children 6-11, and children 5 and under are free. Group pricing is available for schools and other groups; for more information, contact the Hall of Fame at 920/569-7512. Information also is available online at www.lambeaufield.com.
For fans desiring to visit the Hall and take a Stadium Tour, combination pricing for an adult is $19, a savings of $2. Combination pricing only is available where Stadium Tours are sold.*