GRAND CHUTE, WIS. (AP) - The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers finally got back together on the field Sunday _ to play softball.
Roughly three dozen Packers players gathered for wide receiver Donald Driver’s annual charity softball game at Fox Cities Stadium, about half-hour away from Lambeau Field. It was the team’s first gathering since the “Return to Titletown” welcome home event following their 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6.
The event, which raises money for Driver’s foundation, was started by former Packers quarterback Brett Favre, with Driver taking over the role as organizer after Favre’s March 2008 retirement.
With the NFL lockout in its third month and wiping out teams’ offseason strength and conditioning programs, organized team activity practices and minicamp, the Packers are among the teams whose players have not gotten together for player-organized workouts during the lockout.
“We want to play. You can tell how much we miss each other,” Driver said before the game. “We’re throwing the ball around out there like it’s a football. If I had a crystal ball, I could tell you what’s going to happen (with the lockout). No one knows. But we will play football. I know that.”