Donald Driver
American football player, wide receiver
Donald Driver
Donald Jerome Driver is an American football wide receiver and children's author. He plays for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Driver was picked by the Packers in the 1999 NFL Draft in the seventh round (213th pick overall) out of Alcorn State University. Driver also won the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars despite being second from the bottom of the leaderboard for the first week.
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Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'The Other Side of the Door' on Cinemax
LATimes - 3 months
SERIES The Hero Effect This new 10-part docu-series spotlights ordinary people who are making an extraordinary difference for the better in their communities. The series opener focuses on Mission United, which supports military veterans and their families. Donald Driver and Emily Wilson co-host....
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Jets fan who punched woman is a convicted killer
Fox News - over 3 years
Donald Driver reacts to postgame brawl
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Packers' Aaron Rodgers getting used to life without Donald Driver, Greg Jennings
USA Today - over 3 years
"We're a different football team," quarterback says in wake of Green Bay's veteran purge.
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Former Packers receiver Donald Driver draw sellout crowd for charity softball game
Fox News - over 3 years
Former Packers receiver Donald Driver drew a sellout crowd of more than 9,000 fans Sunday for his annual charity softball game.
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Donald Driver honored with street name in Green Bay
USA Today - over 3 years
Hundreds of Green Bay Packers fans attended the unveiling outside Titletown Brewing Co.
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$515 Listing Price for Berwick Drive Home
Bridgewater Patch - almost 4 years
In the mood to do a little house-hunting this weekend? Here are the scheduled open houses Sunday in Bridgewater. Check out the captions for more information on the homes and the scheduled availability. Additional information about the properties can be found at the Garden State Multiple Listing Service LLC website. Photos are courtesy of AOL Real Estate. Address Price Time 2 Curtis Trail $835,000 1 to 4 p.m. 2186 Washington Valley Road $449,000 12 to 2 p.m. 689 Birch Hill Drive $529,900 12 to 4 p.m. 401 Brokaw Court $279,000 1 to 4 p.m. 381 Waterview Road $285,000 1 to 4 p.m. 308 Hannah Way $399,500 1 to 4 p.m. 45 Milltown Road $405,900 1 to 4 p.m. 109 Miller Avenue $425,000 1 to 4 p.m. 703 Donald Drive South $459,900 1 to 4 ...
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Jacoby Jones joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Houston Chronicle - almost 4 years
Jacoby Jones will put his end zone dance experience to work on the reality show. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press) By The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is the newest contestant to join TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Jones was the first contestant announced Sunday night for the show’s new season. The announcement came during a commercial that aired during ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards. The other new contestants will be announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” The show premieres March 18. Jones is known for his dance moves in the end zone after a touchdown. Three other NFL players have won the competition: Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver. Jones was one of the Ravens’ stars in their Super Bowl victory, scoring two touchdowns. He began his NFL career when he was drafted by the Texans in 2009. He was signed by the Ravens last year.
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Retired Green Bay Packer Donald Driver surprises 78-year-old fan!
Fox News - about 4 years
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Packers WR Donald Driver joined by 100s of fans, governor as he retires at Lambeau Field
Fox News - about 4 years
Donald Driver rewrote the Green Bay Packers record books and on Wednesday morning, the wildly popular wide receiver might've rewritten the book on how a player should call it a career.
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Packers receiver Driver to retire
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, the franchise's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, will formally announce his retirement next week.
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Webb Starts, Struggles
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Christian Ponder was out, and backup Joe Webb was in at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder was inactive for Minnesota's wild-card playoff game against Green Bay on Saturday night because of a right elbow injury, a pre-kickoff surprise that didn't deter the Packers in a 24-10 victory over the Vikings. Webb was 11 of 30 for 180 yards with a late 50-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins and an interception and added 68 yards rushing in the loss. Ponder was hurt when the teams played each other last Sunday, when Packers safety Morgan Burnett delivered a jarring hit on a blitz. Ponder finished the game with a career-high 120.2 passer rating and three touchdowns in the 37-34 win. But his participation in practice this week was limited and Webb took many of the turns with the first-team offense. Ponder was listed as questionable on the injury report, and took only about a dozen soft, short throws in early warm-ups. After the game, ...
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Ponder Out, Webb In
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Christian Ponder was out, and backup Joe Webb was in at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder was inactive for Minnesota's wild-card playoff game against Green Bay on Saturday night because of a right elbow injury, a pre-kickoff surprise that didn't deter the Packers in a 24-10 victory over the Vikings. Webb was 11 of 30 for 180 yards with a late 50-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins and an interception and added 68 yards rushing in the loss. Ponder was hurt when the teams played each other last Sunday, when Packers safety Morgan Burnett delivered a jarring hit on a blitz. Ponder finished the game with a career-high 120.2 passer rating and three touchdowns in the 37-34 win. But his participation in practice this week was limited and Webb took many of the turns with the first-team offense. Ponder was listed as questionable on the injury report, and took only about a dozen soft, sh ...
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Donald Driver not ready to make a retirement decision
USA Today - about 4 years
Ray Lewis' decision to call it quits hasn't compelled Packers' mainstay to decide future.
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NFL Inactives - Sunday, December 02, 2012
Fox News - about 4 years
The following is a list of inactive players for tonight's game.INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1:00 PM (ET) Indianapolis - DT Kellen Heard, T Tony Hills, FB Robert Hughes, TE Dominique Jones, WR Nathan Palmer, T Bradley Sowell, S Tom Zbikowski Detroit - T Jason Fox, CB Jonte Green, T Corey Hilliard, DE Ronnell Lewis, QB Kellen Moore, WR Brian Robiskie, WR Titus Young MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 1:00 PM (ET) Minnesota - OL Mark Asper, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, CB Brandon Burton, LB Audie Cole, WR Percy Harvin, DE D'Aundre Reed, TE Allen Reisner Green Bay - WR Donald Driver, LB Terrell Manning, LB Clay Matthews, CB Sam Shields, RB Johnny White, DE C.J
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'DWTS' Finale: Donald Driver on 3 Finalists' Performances
ABC News - about 4 years
Season 14 mirrorball champion discusses the supersize freestyle on first night of show's finale.
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NFL Week 8 Roundup
Huffington Post - over 4 years
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta's first three possessions against Philadelphia and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Falcons remained the NFL's only unbeaten team with a 30-17 victory over the Eagles on Sunday. The Falcons improved to 7-0 for the first time in franchise history while the Eagles (3-4) lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under coach Andy Reid since 1999. Ryan finished 22 of 29 for 262 yards and three TDs for his first win against his hometown team in three tries. Michael Vick didn't turn the ball over for once, but he played so-so and failed to beat his former team in his second start against the Falcons since returning to the NFL in 2009. The Falcons scored on their first six possessions before punting for the first time with 5:35 left. GIANTS 29, COWBOYS 24 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Lawrence Tynes kicked two of his five field goals in the fourth quarter and Eli Manning and New York rem ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donald Driver
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    In March, of 2014 Donald Driver created the Donald Driver Driven To Achieve Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The Driven to Achieve Awards has honored 8 outstanding recipients and has giving away over $500,000.
  • 2013
    On June 15, 2013, Driver received a street in his name and a statue dedicated in his honor.
    More Details Hide Details The statue is located on the corner of Dousman Street and Donald Driver Way (formerly Pearl Street) in downtown Green Bay.
    In the Fall of 2013, Driver released his official memoir, Driven, which included many personal stories about both his childhood and career with the Packers that he had never shared before and it made the New York Best Seller list.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks after the book's release, it made the New York Times Bestsellers list. On February 28, 2012, it was announced that Driver would join the cast of Dancing with the Stars for season 14, paired with professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd. Driver's high energy and athleticism were repeatedly praised by the judges, though Driver was also notorious for not getting a perfect score, until their freestyle, from the judges. Driver and Murgatroyd made it all the way to the finale, and despite competitions from fellow finalists William Levy's high fanbase and Katherine Jenkins' consistently high scores, Driver and Murgatroyd were declared winners on the season finale on May 22, 2012.
    Most recently, Driver was named the 2013 AMVETS Humanitarian of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Driver is also the author of three children's books, Quickie Handles a Loss, Quickie Makes the Team, and Quickie Goes to the Big Game. The books are based on Driver's bedtime storytelling to his three children, and are sold statewide in Wisconsin through bookstores, participating Goodwill locations, the Packer Pro Shop and on his website. He has stated that "Quickie" is a nickname his mother gave him because, when she would chase him around the house, she could never catch him.
    On February 6, 2013, the Green Bay Packers hosted a public retirement ceremony for Driver.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first public retirement ceremony ever held for a Packers player. It was held in the Lambeau Field Atrium with comments made by Mark Murphy, Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, and Driver. It was sold out in 14 minutes and hundreds of fans were in attendance. The mayor of Green Bay presented Driver with a key to the city and announced that the receiver statue that previously resided in front of the former Packers Hall of Fame and is now in downtown Green Bay would be refurbished, with the receiver wearing a No. 80 Driver jersey. The street leading to the statue was also renamed "Donald Driver Way." Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/1966/donald-driver Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/1966/seasontype/3/donald-driver Driver is married to Betina Driver. They have three children: Cristian, Christina and Charity. Driver is a Christian. Since 2004, Driver has co-hosted the statewide Packer analysis television series Inside the Huddle with Donald Driver with WLUK-TV's sports director Drew Smith. Every Thursday Donald talks football with John Mercure on Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure on AM 620 WTMJ. He previously served as host to the annual Offense vs. Defense softball game featuring members of the Green Bay Packers.
  • 2012
    He missed only four games in his career, the last one being November 18, 2012.
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  • 2011
    Driver finally broke the Packers' all-time receiving yardage record on September 18, 2011, against the Carolina Panthers after he caught a 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers, surpassing James Lofton.
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    On September 8, 2011, Driver caught four balls for 41 yards in the opening game against the New Orleans Saints and was only one yard short of becoming the Packers' all-time leader in receiving yards.
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    On February 6, 2011, Driver was injured on his second reception of Super Bowl XLV.
    More Details Hide Details Out with an ankle sprain, Driver returned to the game in the end for the final plays as the Packers went on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31–25. Driver finished Super Bowl XLV with two receptions for 28 yards. Despite losing playing time to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Driver was a veteran presence for a young Packers receiving corps led by former NFL MVP QB Aaron Rodgers in the twilight of his career. On January 31, 2013, Driver announced his retirement on ESPN2 Mike and Mike in the Morning after spending his entire career (14 seasons) with the Green Bay Packers.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On October 18, 2009, Driver became the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver in catches, with 596.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to catch six more balls for 107 yards in a 26–0 home victory over the Detroit Lions.
  • 2008
    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.
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    Driver was selected for the 2008 Pro Bowl.
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  • 2007
    He also recorded the most receptions in his career with 92 of them, earning a spot in the 2007 Pro Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details On December 16, 2007, during a 33–14 victory over the St. Louis Rams, veteran Green Bay quarterback Brett 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.
  • 2006
    Driver finished the 2006 season in the top five of the league in reception yardage with 1,295 yards.
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    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.
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    Driver had the most catches in the NFL in the middle of the field in 2006.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Driver was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL draft.
    More Details Hide Details He spent his entire career with the Packers. Known as one of the most consistent wide receivers in the game, Driver was solid throughout his career, often posting 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
  • 1993
    Driver attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi, 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).
    More Details Hide Details 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. Driver is one of the most decorated track athletes in NFL history (he is an Olympic-class high jumper, being able to jump, he qualified for the 1996 Olympic Field Trials and could have likely qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics team in the high jump. He competed for the Alcorn State Braves track team, where he shone in the high jump and earned all-conference honors his senior year. He leaped 2.30 meters in the high jump, 15.62 meters in the triple jump and 7.75 meters in the long jump.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Donald Jerome Driver was born in Houston, Texas, on February 2, 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Driver was the middle child of five siblings. Driver's parents, Marvin Driver Jr. and Faye Gray, divorced when he was just a young boy. Donald had a tough childhood living 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 had purchased with food stamps. Driver and his older brother Marvin III, began stealing cars and selling drugs during their teenage years in order make it from day to day. Driver was quoted by USA Today stating, "You try to do anything you can to provide for your family." At the age of 14 years, Donald would move in with his grandmother, Betty Lofton. This was the point of time where his life started to turn around.
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