Found July 31, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When the alarm begins to sound inside Donald Driver's college dorm room, his home during training camp, the 37-year-old Packers wide receiver still has the motivation after 13 NFL seasons not hit the snooze button. That might not seem like much, but to Driver, it means everything. For Driver, it's a sign that he still has the energy to show up for a drill-oriented July practice. It's a sign that he still feels like he has something to prove against defensive backs who are, in some cases, 15 years younger than him. "That day you don't want to get out of that bed, then it's over for you," Driver said following Tuesday's practice. "For whatever reason, at 6 o'clock, I still jump out of the bed. The day it's 6 o'clock and I hit the snooze button, it's over. It's over for me." That hasn't happened yet, and if Driver has his way, it won't happen for quite a while. "I've always said I want to play until I'm 40 (and) I'm not denying that at all," Driver said. Back in Green Bay for his 14th season after signing a restructured contract, Driver's rise from seventh-round pick in 1999 to the Packers' all-time leading receiver hasn't concluded yet. Though his new deal is just a one-year pact, Driver hopes to remain in Green Bay well beyond that. "If I feel good after the season, I'll play again," he said. "If not, then I'll figure out what I want to do. But I want to play as long as I'm feeling good. "If that's 40, if that's 41, 42, then I've got to do whatever I'm going to do. I'm not going to let anything happen where someone else is going to dictate what I plan on doing. Right now, I'm going to continue to play because that's how I feel." During Tuesday's practice, Driver showed glimpses of looking like the 27-year-old version of himself from back in 2002 when he first crossed 1,000 receiving yards in a season. As the Packers broke into full 11-on-11 situations during the final stages of practice, Driver hauled in three touchdowns from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, getting the best of a couple of the team's young, promising cornerbacks. "The people that doubt me, those are the people I want to prove wrong," Driver said. "It's about the people outside the locker room. And people outside the locker room are the ones that doubt you, those are the ones you want to prove wrong. "I'm going to continue to play and prove them wrong." Driver's numbers have declined significantly over the past two years. For six consecutive seasons, Driver finished with at least 1,000 yards receiving. But in the 2010 and 2011 seasons combined, Driver barely surpassed that mark with a total of 1,010 yards. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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