One of the things that made me really happy was seeing Donald Driver win Dancing With the Stars last year. I loved that people on a national level would get to see even more of him. As a Packer fan, we get to see that competitive spirit and big smile every week, but here are five things you probably didn’t know about him.
He’s a Children’s Book Author
Driver has written three kid’s books, which are based on his own childhood experience. Driver’s mom called him “Quickie” when he was a kid because (surprise!) he was so fast she couldn’t catch him. Driver took that concept and combined it with the stories he would tell his kids at bedtime, and viola, the “Quickie” series of books was born.
In addition, he’s written Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field.
May 23rd, 2012 Was Officially Donald Drive Day in Wisconsin
After his Dancing With the Stars win, Governor Scott Walker declared May 23, 2012 to be “Donald Driver Day” in Wisconsin. Driver was characteristically humble, saying “Incredible!” and “Thank you!!!” on Twitter.
He Is the Packers All-Time Leading Receiver
Being listed in the tops of any Packers record is a big deal because the team has a long history of great players, but Driver has managed to become the all-time leading receiver in catches and yards. He caught his 596th pass on October 18, 2009 (and has since added to his record) and broke the yardage record, formerly held by James Lofton, last year, on September 18th.
He Started the Donald Driver Foundation
Driver is known for his charitable contributions and philanthropic spirit. In 2001, he and his wife started the Donald Driver Foundation, a charity that focuses on the poor and homeless. The foundation gives out scholarships, provides housing, and helps poor parents with hospital bills for their children.
The Donald Driver Foundation has a goal to “help change homeless family and education issues each day with strong hands that build and strengthen instead of destroy and weaken, with strong minds that invent new ideas to achieve these goals, and with loving hearts that overflow with love and compassion.”
He Is a Compassionate Champion
Driver is the spokesperson for Goodwill Industries, and has won numerous awards for community service, including the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2002. The award is the only one given by the NFL that “recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.”
Speaking of the NFL, Driver also has a Super Bowl ring from the Packers win in XLV. When asked where he was going to put the DWTS Mirror-Ball Trophy, he said, “Right on my mantle, next to the Lombardi Trophy!!!”