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Green Bay's All-Time Leading Receiver and Super Bowl Champion
Donald Driver is a Super Bowl Champion, Green Bay's all-time leading receiver, a Dancing With the Stars Champion 2013 AMVETS Humanitarian of the Year and 2013 New York Times Best Selling Author who overcame homlessness and a challenging childhood to succeed.
Driver is the Packers’ all-time receiving leader in yards and receptions, and is the only player in Packers history to record seven 1,000 yard receiving seasons. A top performer his entire career, Driver has been a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2002, 2006, 2007, and 2011). In 2010 Donald and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV giving Donald his first Super Bowl ring.
According to a 2012 poll conducted by the Business Journal of Milwaukee Donald was named the most marketable athlete in Wisconsin. Donald added another trophy to his collection in 2012 after winning Season 14 of Dancing With the Stars. The DWTS title proved that.
Donald can compete on both the football field and the dance floor while winning the hearts of viewers on a national scale. Donald hosts the statewide TV show Inside the Huddle and a weekly radio show with AM 620 WTMJ, Wisconsin's #1 rated radio station. Donald is at the center of marketing campaigns for top companies such as McDonald's, Goodwill, Jani-King and Time Warner Cable. You can find his three "Quickie" children's books on the shelf of local book stores, inspired by bedtime stories with his three children. In 2013, Driver and his wife Betina attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner as a guest of CBN news.
Donald Jerome Driver was born in Houston, TX on February 2, 1975. Driver was the middle child in a five-sibling family where he earned his nickname "Quickie" due to his parents chasing him around the house and because of his quick learning skills. Donald's childhood wasn't easy; he lived out of a U-Haul truck for a period of time during his early teens after a collection agency confiscated his family's possessions. Donald spent multiple nights in motel rooms that his mother, Faye Gray, purchased with food stamps. In order to help support his family, Driver turned to a life of crime which included stealing cars and dealing drugs. "Hey, when things are so bad you have to live in the back of a U-Haul truck with your mom and four siblings for a month, you go with whatever skills you have.” Although it was hard, Faye decided the best thing for 14 year old Donald would be to move in with his grandmother, Betty Lofton.
Donald shined as an athlete in high school, lettering four times each in track, football, basketball and baseball at Milby High in Houston. Donald was a Texas All-State honorable mention in Football where he played wide receiver, defensive back and returned kickoffs. Donald continued his football career when he committed to Alcorn State in Mississippi on an athletic scholarship. Donald was a two-year starter while at Alcorn State where he recorded 88 career receptions for 1,933 yards and 17 touchdowns. Donald also competed in track at Alcorn State where he shined in the high jump and earned all-conference honors his senior year. Donald also qualified for the 1996 Olympic Field Trials and could have likely qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the high jump competition.
But Donald will tell you the best thing he did at Alcorn had nothing to do with sports. While at Alcorn, Donald would meet his future wife, Betina. Donald and Betina were married in 2000; they have three children together, a son Cristian, and two daughters Christina and Charity
Donald Driver was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Donald has spent his entire 14-year career in Green Bay where he is Packers all-time leading receiver and Super Bowl Champion. Donald holds nearly every Green Bay receiving record and is the Packers most prolific pass catcher.
Donald donates much of his time and efforts to institutions such as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Special Olympics Wisconsin, and Goodwill Industries. Driver has been awarded throughout his career for his commitment on and off the field.
He was awarded the “Community Service Award” by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2002, and Red Smith Award in 2010.