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Donald Driver
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Driver aboard the USS Columbus (SSN-762) for a tour
No. 80     Green Bay Packers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-02-02) February 2, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Alcorn State
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 213
Debuted in 1999 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Receptions     698
Receiving Yards     9,615
Receiving TDs     53
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 careerEdit

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[1] 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.

Driver is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Donald Driver was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL Draft. As of 2010, he has spent his entire career with the Packers.

Green Bay PackersEdit

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Donald Driver (lower right) lined up during a game against the Buffalo Bills

Known as one of the toughest wide receivers in the game,[3] 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.[4] Driver finished the 2006 season in the top five of the league in reception yardage with 1,295 yards.[5] 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.[6] Driver was selected for the 2008 Pro Bowl.

In the NFC Championship game on January 20, 2008 against the New York Giants, Driver had the longest play in the playoffs of the Packers' franchise history with a 90 yard TD catch from Favre.[7]

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 statsEdit

Year
<center> Team <center> G <center> GS <center> Rec <center> Yards <center> AVG <center> LG <center> TD <center> 20+ <center> 40+ <center> 1st
1999 GB 6 0 3 31 10.3 12 1 0 0 2
2000 GB 16 2 21 322 15.3 49 1 7 1 16
2001 GB 13 2 13 167 12.8 37 1 3 0 9
2002 GB 16 16 70 1064 15.2 85 9 15 3 47
2003 GB 15 15 52 621 11.9 41 2 11 1 30
2004 GB 16 11 84 1208 14.4 50 9 16 4 59
2005 GB 16 16 86 1221 14.2 59 5 17 5 63
2006 GB 16 16 92 1295 14.1 82 8 21 5 53
2007 GB 15 14 82 1048 12.8 47 2 14 4 49
2008 GB 16 16 74 1012 13.7 71 5 13 6 44
2009 GB 16 16 70 1061 15.2 71 6 15 5 49
2010 GB 15 15 51 565 11.1 61 4 -- -- 29
TOTAL 176 139 698 9615 13.8 85 53 132 34 450

Personal lifeEdit

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.

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