Represented by a standout player on each side of the ball, the Green Bay Packers learned Tuesday that Donald Driver and Aaron Kampman were named Pro Bowl selections by the National Football League.
Driver, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver in his eighth year out of Alcorn State, becomes a two-time Pro Bowler, having also been honored in 2002. The NFC's current leader in receiving yards (1,173 - fourth in the NFL), Driver has tied a franchise record with his third consecutive 1,000-yard season, following Sterling Sharpe and Pro Hall of Famer James Lofton as one of three Packers to achieve that feat. In addition this year, Driver joined Sharpe as one of two players in team annals to reach 80 catches as many as three overall seasons.
A seventh-round choice in the 1999 NFL Draft (213th overall), Driver is one of the lowest-draft Pro Bowlers in team history. Only Larry McCarren (308) and Don Majkowski (255) were drafted lower overall. Driver also has seven touchdown receptions this year.
Kampman, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound defensive end in his fifth season out of Iowa, earns his first Pro Bowl honor. Like Driver, Kampman was a Day 2 selection in the draft, going in the fifth round (156th overall), in 2002. Currently leading the conference with a career-best 121/2 sacks (tied for second in the NFL), Kampman has started 56 straight games at defensive end. He also has 90 tackles (62 solo), three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.