By Danny Cox
Lots of news is all over the place as Super Bowl XLVII draws ever closer, but not everything is about the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers. While two big stories today do involve a couple of current Ravens, there is some bigger news on the horizon as an NFL legend has played his last game.
Donald Driver to retire from the NFL after 14 seasons
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is done. On Thursday’s episode of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” Driver announced that he is officially retiring after 14 seasons in the NFL.
“I’m going to officially put the cleats on the shelf. I’m going to walk away from the game,” the four-time Pro Bowler said.
A news conference is set for Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST at Lambeau Field to make Driver’s announcement official. Fans are invited to attend and tickets will be given out free of charge.
Driver is one of only 18 wide receivers in NFL history with 700-plus career catches and 10,000 or more receiving yards in 200 games. Only Brett Favre has played in more games in a Packers’ uniform.
“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” Driver said in a statement released by the team. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
Joe Flacco says that new contract with Ravens is not an issue
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has a contract that is expiring, but he doesn’t really seem to be all that concerned with that. There has been no word from the organization either about Flacco, who could indeed become a free agent after Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“It’s real simple,” said Flacco. “We didn’t agree on a number and I didn’t really care to discuss it any further once it got to that point. Bottom line is I’m not the guy going up into their offices and negotiating with them every day anyways. It was really never a concern of mine and I never really thought about it. Even in the offseason, when you think about it a little bit, they are really all good thoughts.
“It’s a good problem to have and to be talking about.”
A new deal has been discussed by the upper brass of the Ravens, but nothing has been done. If a deal isn’t agreed upon, Flacco could be designated with the franchise tag, which could pay him about $14.6 million for a single season.
Ed Reed says the NFL is fining players for the wrong reasons
Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens safety, is not someone that ever really bites his tongue when he has something to say. Now, he’s come right out and accused the NFL of fining players for the wrong types of infractions. Reed, who was fined more than $100,000 this season for unnecessary roughness penalties, didn’t hold back.
“It’s so much you can do. There’s so much that needs to be done, but they’d rather police certain things,” Reed said. “You tend to miss things when you’re making a certain amount of money, and not playing the game, you’re missing out. You’re just somebody upstairs wearing a suit, fining people and stuff like that for the wrong things. We’re policing the wrong things, for real.”
He actually did tighten up a bit when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s name came up, because he knows that could draw him another fine. Reed realizes that it isn’t just Goodell, and says that the commissioner could use some help when it comes to the process of handing out fines.
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