With his mega-watt smile and game-after-game consistency atop the gridiron, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has had little difficulty endearing himself to the residents of Titletown and throughout the Dairy State.
It should come as little surprise then that Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, as declared by the Brown County board of supervisors, was bestowed the title of Donald Driver Day.
The 37-year-old Driver, selected by the franchise in the seventh round (213th overall) of the 1999 NFL draft out of Alcorn State, is the Packers’ all-time leader in receptions (743) and receiving yards (10,137), in addition to being named to three Pro Bowls (2002, 2006-07).
“It’s truly an honor to have January 17, 2013, become Donald Driver Day,” cited the Houston native in a statement sent to County Executive Troy Streckenbach, as reported by greenbasypressgazette.com. “I will always appreciate the special relationship that I share with Green Bay Packer fans, and I have so many incredible memories of my time spent in Green Bay and Brown County. I look forward to remaining a fixture in the community here and for many years to come!
“Thank you to the Brown County executive, chairman and Brown County Board of Supervisors for this proclamation. God bless, and Go Pack Go!"
A member of Green Bay’s Super Bowl-winning team in 2010, Driver, the winner of the 14th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, played in 13 contests for the green and gold this past season and accumulated eight receptions for 77 yards—including two touchdowns.
Additionally, Driver, who averaged 84 receptions and 1,157 receiving yards from 2004-08, concluded the 2012 campaign with 61 touchdown receptions (good for 65th in league history), 205 career games played (ninth among active players) and 13.3 yards per touch.