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Donald Driver joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Posted by Mike Spofford on February 28, 2012 – 9:13 am

Veteran Packers WR Donald Driver has joined the cast of the ABC hit show “Dancing with the Stars” for the upcoming season.

For the 14th season of the show, Driver will be joined by a host of other celebrities including actors Jack Wagner (“Melrose Place”) and Jaleel White (“Family Matters”), actress Melissa Gilbert (“Little House on the Prairie”), former tennis star Martina Navratilova, and Motown legend Gladys Knight, among others.

The announcement was made on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.

Driver’s pro dancing partner for the show will be Peta Murgatroyd, who is returning for her second season on the show.

Other past or present NFL players who have appeared previously on the show include Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Jason Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Kurt Warner, Jerry Rice, Chad Ochocinco, Warren Sapp and Hines Ward. Smith and Ward were both winners of the competition.

The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” begins on Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. CT.

More detailed information on the complete cast of the show can be found on the “Good Morning America” website right here.


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49 Responses to “Donald Driver joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’”

  1. By corncob on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    As graceful as Donald is, he shouldn’y have any problem “going deep” in this competition.

  2. By Jacalyn on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    So excited to see Donald Driver on Dancing with the Stars!! Awesome can’t wait!!

  3. By Wendy on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    So excited Donald Driver will be on Dancing With the Stars. Now I know my husband will watch too! He has my votes!!

  4. By Michelle Netzler on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I am so excited! Just keep reminding people while he’s on to vote!

  5. By Susan Griffin on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think I will actually watch that show THIS season!!

  6. By Tim on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I hope they can find a place for Driver going forward. If not on the roster than maybe on coaching or conditioning staff. It appears Driver only wants to play and sadly I think that will be in another uniform.

  7. By sme168 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I may have to watch the show now! Go Donald!

  8. By Arleen on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    That is tooooo awesome! I love Donald Driver! And I hope he stays with the Packers!

  9. By Fan on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Donald-Driver-80-Dancing-with-the-Stars-Fan-Page/306771559383211

    “Like” this page on Facebook! Let’s help Donald win…he deserves it!!! :)

  10. By MaryD on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Finally a reason to watch DTWS! Go Donald!

  11. By LadyCheesehead1 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Great news! DD should do great on the show. Sure glad I got a new HDTV in time to watch. Go Donald, do us proud!!

  12. By Linda Nottingham on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    DOUBLE D will bring the Mirror Ball trophy to Green Bay and place it next to the Lombardi Trophy! Can’t wait to see your Samba Roll Donald!!!

  13. By Jeremy on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha….look at all the women on here commenting how they can’t wait to see Donald Driver on a dancing show….and then there is Tim’s comment….talking about football….too funny, love it!!

  14. By Cheryl Carpenter on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I LOVE Donald Driver and can’t wait to see him on DWTS.
    I have never met him, but my son had dinner with him, and said he is one of the nicest people ever. I will be watching him, and hope he does well. He will have my vote.
    GO Donald!!!!

  15. By jacob langello on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    HAHA I HAVE NEVER WATCHED A FULL EPISODE OF THIS SHOW BEFORE…..CANT WAIT TO SEE DONALD DRIVER WIN DANCING WITH THE STARS… I HAVE NO CHOICE NOW

    GO DONALD DRIVER!!!

  16. By Barb-La Crosse on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    AWESOME!! Love the show anyway….but now….WOW. Go Donald! Can I start voting now? :o)

  17. By Diane Stordock on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been telling my husband for years that I thought they should get DD on the show!!! I am SO excited, and you can bet I’ll be wearing my #80 jersey!!

  18. By JC on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully Driver won’t get injured on dancing with the stars. Some of those dancing moves can be brutal.

  19. By Jasper on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Green Bay Packers should keep Donald let him finish out his carrer as a member of the Packers. He fought hard for the Packers to get this team on top. Donald hope you win that Mirror Ball.

  20. By Ann Frank Wake on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I would remind the organization that Donald Driver is the only receiver who made big-time catches against the Giants when it was all “on the line.” He needs to finish as a Packer. Now I have to watch that stupid show, too!!

  21. By Linda Dunleavy on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is a great selection!! I’m so pleased. I can imagine him doing so well. I’ll be tuned in and cheering him on.

  22. By Peggy on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I love to watch Dancing with the Stars but having Donald competing will make it extra special to watch. I think Donald will do great, his smile alone is a good reason to win.

    I also have to say that I hope that Donald will be back with the Packers this season and he can finish out his career with them. He is a great member of the team both on and off the field.

    Love you Donald!

  23. By JennSue85 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    It would be very disappointing to not see Donald Driver in green and gold next season.Hes the definition of a true Packer!!

  24. By Jeremy on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I know everyone likes Donald Driver, including myself, but we can’t get too attached to a player either. I don’t think the Packers front office is very sentimental when it comes to these kinds of decisions. If he takes less money and it makes sense financially for the Packers, then yes, he could remain with the team. But to want him to stay on the team because he’s a good guy in the community and a good guy in the locker room isn’t a good reason for the Packers to keep him. Again, if he takes less money (and he said he would) then it’s definitely a possibility. Having said that, I don’t think I’ll be watching the dancing show but I’m sure I’ll hear enough about it from others. Go Pack!!

  25. By yooper4pack on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    never saw the show but will now. Donald was made for TV, I hope he does Packer shows when his playing days are done, he’s the most charismatic guy since Leroy Butler.

  26. By Jan Christiansen. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I watch the show, but very seldom vote. Now I will be voting every week for DD. He makes us proud as a Packer and now he will make us proud as a dancer.

  27. By PATRICIA PESEK on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, this is going to be so fun. Good luck Donald, you will be the best as always.

  28. By NancyH on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Looking forward to watching you dance to the finals!

  29. By Richard S. Russell on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I suppose it’s possible somebody may out-dance Donald, but fersher nobody’s gonna out-smile him! Is there a Miss Congeniality Award?

  30. By Paul on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I will vote for you 100 times a night. Just smile for the camera and you will win.

  31. By Cali on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe no one comes here to talk football untill Dancing with the Non-Stars is involved. What about when Driver decided to take a pay cut just so he can finish his career in Green Bay? I guess Dancing with Idiots is more of an accomplishment. Oh, and Jeremy, havin’ a player bein’ so dedicated to his community and his team is a legitimate reason to keep someone. Plus, he’s still a relevent player on the offense. To say somethin’ so stupid says somethin’ about you.

  32. By Cali on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    And NO, I’m not gonna watch that dumb s***, even if Driver is on there. Hell, they can put the whole team on there. Still wouldn’t watch. Save it for the field, not the dance floor.

  33. By Arleen on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Cali, I agree that Donald Driver is a big part of the Packers, and that he should stay with them. However, I do love DWTS and I really hope that he does very well on the show. I watch it every year, and even record it when I’m not home so I can watch!

  34. By Dave in Chicago on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I suggested this in a post about a year-year and half ago!!. DWTS took my idea!! Glad they did. There are some D-backs that are still looking for their supporters after the move that DD put on them.

    I hope that he does return to the Packers and end his career with them. But that is not the nature of the business.

    All those teams out there that are thinking of Moss and TO, DD is a much better idea. A lot less drama and aggravation.

    Do well, DD. And work the “Sharper Shimmy” into your winning routine.

  35. By News Panel on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Great news! It would be very disappointing to not see Donald Driver in green and gold next season.

  36. By BIG CHEESE on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Good Luck on the Stars DD, but I’ll wait to see you in a Packers uniform next season when the Pack dances into the next Super Bowl! I’ll leave the viewing of DWTS to the women in the family; got hockey business to take care of. Glad such a hot topic came up so we could discuss…ummm……dancing I guess. Enjoy Ladies!
    Go Pack Go…

  37. By Jeremy on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Cali, glad you aren’t in charge of team decisions. If the Packers held on to every player because of what they mean outside the team the Packers would be in big trouble. I’m not saying I don’t like Driver or that I don’t want him to be on the team this season. And yes, he still makes some plays. But the Packers have a lot of talent at receiver and some talent right behind him that the they really like….they like the talent behind him so much they paid them extra money just to remain on the practice squad!! I’m just saying the Packers make decisions based on what is best for the team which is to keep it fresh (and young) and to be financially responsible while staying competitive at a very high level. If the pay cut is reasonable then I’m sure he’ll be here. Dave in Chicago gets it….he said it the best, “nature of the business.” You just need to settle down a little!! And so what if people are excited that he’s going to be on the dancing show. Your attitude on here says something about you. In the end, aren’t we all Packer fans?? Go Pack!!

  38. By Nancy on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, now I have to watch the show…only way to get me to this year. If Packers get rid of him, they will prove what they did to Brett Favre.

  39. By opie318 on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    You know why he’s doing this right? The Packers said to him you’ve lost a step and your popularity isn’t what it used to be.. And Drivers choosing to do this as a ploy to up his popularity and namesake, to bring something to the table other than his age. If he’s popular enough, the Packers will look terrible cutting the old veteran, yeah TT and company have a track record of cutting old legends but remember Favre made the first move by retiring. Driver did no such thing, even went as far as saying he will take whatever pay cut they see fit! He’s a team player and with a growing popularity and already huge loyal fanbase it would be a public relations nightmare to cut the guy now. The Packers know that, good one Driver! You deserve it anyway, Go Pack Go.

  40. By Arleen on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Opie, I don’t think that he has to “up” his popularity one little bit! He is a fantastic human being, and I think he’s comfortable in his own skin. I think he’s doing DWTS just because he thinks it would be a hoot, and I truly think he will go quite a ways in the competition. At least I hope he does. True, the Packer organization wants the best possible team they can have, but I don’t think (at least I hope not) that they would be callous enough to cut him. He just wants to play for the Packers. That kind of loyalty you don’t find too often.

  41. By Zach Heugel on Mar 1, 2012 | Reply

    On the be half of UW-Green Bay women’s and the men’s basketball fans. Good luck Donald Driver.

  42. By michael R on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    football to dancing what the

  43. By Rick on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Haven’t watched DWTS since Marie Osmonds fake fainting job a few years ago. With DD on the show I will watch it this season.

  44. By Jackie on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Donald will add lots of Class to the show. I am willing to bet the show will get more voters than Ever Before!

  45. By Dean on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Now I have a reason to watch the show. Good luck Donald!

  46. By margie on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    first of all I can’t wait to see Donald Driver on “Dancing with the Stars”. I think that he will do great! He’s got all the right move’s on the field and I think that he will on the dance floor too! I also hope that the Packer organization will see the light and not let him go. You need men like Donald. He alway’s goes all out for the team, a leader, a great receiver. And part of the backbone of the “Pack”! Please don’t let him go!!!

  47. By Tiffany on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    I love Donald! I never watch this show but I will now!
    What an amazing man!

  48. By ML Packerfan on Mar 6, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait to see Donald Driver on Dancing With the Stars! He’s a talented football player and athlete, and I feel as though his skills will shine on the dance floor as well. Donald Driver is one of my favorite Packers of all time with all that he’s done, and I will definitely be watching this season’s episodes just for him.

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