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Donald Jerome Driver (born February 2, 1975 in Houstonmarker, Texasmarker) is an American football wide receiver who 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 Universitymarker.

College career

Donald Driver attended Alcorn State Universitymarker, where he lettered in both football and track & field. He finished his college football career there with 88 receptions for 1933 yards (19.69 YPC). 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 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, the first inter-collegiate Greek-letter organization established for African Americans.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Driver one of the most inspiring players in the NFL as he grew up homeless, and worked his way to the NFL. Driver showed a special connection with Brett Favre, and was Favre's most reliable receiver from 2002-2007. Known as one of the toughest wide receivers in the game, 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. Driver finished the 2006 season in the top five of the league in reception yardage with 1,295 yards. He also recorded the most receptions in his career with 92 of them, earning a spot in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Driver is also the last seventh round pick to make it to a Pro Bowl as of 2007.

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. 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.

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 6 more balls for 107 yards in a 26-0 home victory over the Detroit Lions.

Year
Team
G
GS
Rec
Yards
AVG
LG
TD
20+
40+
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 44
2009 GB 11 11 53 845 15.9 71 5
TOTAL 149 112 630 8834 14.0 85 48 131 33 410


Personal life

Driver is host of "Inside the Huddle with Donald Driver", a statewide TV show going into its 7th season. Driver also served as host to the annual Offense vs. Defense softball game featuring members of the Green Bay Packers.

References

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  2. ESPN - Garcia, Schobel, Dockett, Cole, Albright added as injury replacements - NFL
  3. ESPN - NY Giants vs. Green Bay Packers - Recap - January 20, 2008


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