Driver aboard the USS Columbus (SSN-762) for a tour
|No. 80 Green Bay Packers|
|Date of birth:February 2, 1975|
|Place of birth: Houston, Texas|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 194 lb (88 kg)|
|College: Alcorn State|
|NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 213|
|Debuted in 1999 for the Green Bay Packers|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Donald Jerome Driver (born February 2, 1975) is an American football wide receiver and children's author. He plays for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Driver was picked by the Packers in the 1999 NFL Draft in the seventh round (213th pick overall) out of Alcorn State University.
College career[edit | edit source]
Donald Driver attended Alcorn State University, where he lettered in both football and track & field. He finished his college football career there with 88 receptions for 1993 yards (19.69 Yards Per Catch). Driver is one of the most decorated track athletes in the NFL (he is an Olympic class high jumper, being able to jump 7 feet 6 inches and could have qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics team). He was a five time "Athlete of the Year" in his conference for his track and football prowess.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Green Bay Packers[edit | edit source]
Known as one of the toughest wide receivers in the game, Driver had the most catches in the NFL in the middle of the field in 2006. He set a career best for yards on November 12, 2006 when he caught six passes for 191 yards including an 82 yard touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Driver finished the 2006 season in the top five of the league in reception yardage with 1,295 yards. He also recorded the most receptions in his career with 92 of them, earning a spot in the 2007 Pro Bowl.
On December 16, 2007 during a 33-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams, Favre broke Dan Marino's all-time record mark of 61,361 career passing yards. The new record came on a seven yard completion to Driver. Driver was selected for the 2008 Pro Bowl.
On October 18, 2009, Donald Driver became the Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver in catches, with 596 catches. He went on to catch six more balls for 107 yards in a 26-0 home victory over the Detroit Lions.
On February 6, 2011 Driver was injured on his second reception of Super Bowl XLV. Out with an ankle sprain, Driver did not return to the game as the Packers went on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. Driver finished Super Bowl XLV with two receptions for 28 yards.
Career stats[edit | edit source]
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Driver co-hosts the statewide Packer analysis television series Inside the Huddle with Donald Driver, with WLUK-TV's sports director Drew Smith and has done so since 2004. Every Tuesday Donald talks football with “The Green House” on AM 620 WTMJ. He also served as host to the annual Offense vs. Defense softball game featuring members of the Green Bay Packers.
As a well-known athlete in the state of Wisconsin, Driver has been featured in marketing campaigns for companies such as McDonald's, AirTran Airways, Kwik Trip, Goodwill, Jani-King and Time Warner Cable.
Throughout his career, Donald Driver has been very active off the field, making over 300 charitable appearances since his rookie season in 1999. In the spring of 2001, Donald and his wife Betina created the “Donald Driver Foundation”, which offers assistance to ill children with unmanageable hospital bills, provides housing for the homeless, and donates to a variety of local charities. In December 2003, the foundation put two previously homeless families in new, fully furnished homes.
Donald has also donated much of his time and efforts to such institutions as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Goodwill Industries. In 2001, Driver was awarded the “Community Service Award” by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his outstanding community involvement. Donald also received the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2002, the only NFL award that recognizes off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence. In 2005 he was awarded the Ed Block Courage award by his Green Bay teammates.
Driver is also an author of two children's books, Quickie Handles a Loss and Quickie Makes the Team. Both books are based on Driver's bedtime storytelling to his two children, and are sold statewide through bookstores and sponsoring supermarkets. "Quickie" is a common nickname for Donald.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Packer Draft notes". Packers.com. http://www.packers.com/draft/1999/pick_12/. Retrieved 2008-10-23.[dead link]
- "Greeks in Professional Football 2007". Greeks in Sports. North-American Interfraternity Conference. http://www.nicindy.org/whos_greek/greeks_in_sports/football/2007Football.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- Lori Nickel. "Packers' Driver determined to give back". Milwaukee Journal - Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/95703134.html. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
- Packers - Donald Driver Bio
- NFL 2006 Season Statistics
- "Favre passes Marino; Packers down Rams to clinch bye". TheSportsNetwork.com. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=/nfl/news/ABN4117777.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
- ESPN - NY Giants vs. Green Bay Packers - Recap - January 20, 2008
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- Green Bay Packers bio
- Donald Driver Foundation
- Donald Driver Official Website
- Donald Driver TV Show Website
- Donald Driver: More Than a Game