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Donald Driver honored with his own street

June 16th, 2013

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Donald Driver made his way to the stage on Saturday at Titletown Brewing Co. in downtown Green Bay with thousands of fans cheering “We want Donald!” for the unveiling of a street named for him and his statue.

After 14 years as the Packers’ star wide receiver and retiring with the team he helped win the Super Bowl, he’s being thanked by the community for his charitable efforts.

Donald Driver Way is the new name of Pearl Street, the road running right into Titletown Brewery and is located in the heart of Green Bay’s downtown. The famous receiver statue, originally dedicated 28 years ago in front of the old Packers Hall of Fame across the street from Lambeau Field, was also refurbished and unveiled in Driver’s likeness, outfitted in a No. 80 jersey and Driver’s black-and-white receiver gloves.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt thought of the street naming a decade ago when Driver began to appear in the community. Schmitt chose the downtown location, away from the stadium district, to recognize Driver’s charitable efforts in addition his play on the field.

During the ceremony, Driver spoke to the crowd and made a lasting impression as he emotionally thanked Ron Wolf, the Packers’ former general manager.

“Fourteen years ago, I would have never imagined I would be standing where I am today. But one man I honored at my retirement wasn’t there to take the recognition for bringing me here today,” he said.

For the former wide receiver, the support of his fans means so much. Driver says although he may not be playing anymore, Green Bay will always hold a special place in his heart.

For more photos from the event, visit Packers.com

 

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