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Brown County honors Donald Driver with his own day

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 17, 2013 – 3:55 pm

Donald DriverThe Brown County board of supervisors declared today — Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 — as Donald Driver Day in honor of the veteran Packers wide receiver.

The board made the proclamation at its Wednesday night meeting and read a statement from Driver, who could not be present.

“It is truly an honor to have January 17, 2013, become Donald Driver Day. I will always appreciate the special relationship that I share with Green Bay Packers fans, and I have so many incredible memories of my time spent in Green Bay and Brown County. I look forward to remaining a fixture in the community here for many years to come! Thank you to the Brown County Executive, Chairman, and Brown County Board of Supervisors for this proclamation. God bless, and Go Pack Go!”

Here is the text of the official proclamation from Brown County:


Donald Driver

WHEREAS, Donald Driver, a.k.a. “Double D”, has been sporting number 80 with the Packers for 14 seasons, while earning a Super Bowl Championship, four Pro Bowl Selections, becoming the all- time leading receiver for the Packers, and recently receiving the coveted mirror ball trophy  on the 14th season of ABC network program, “Dancing with the Stars; and

WHEREAS, Donald is no stranger to setbacks but yet continues to move forward in making a difference in people’s lives by donating his time and efforts to organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Goodwill Industries; and

WHEREAS, in 2000 Donald along with his wife Betina created the “Donald Driver Foundation,” focusing on minimizing the challenges of homeless families and lack of education, along with donating to a variety of other charities, providing motivational speeches, writing children’s books, and offering assistance to those in need; and

WHEREAS, Donald has been recognized for his contribution to his communities by receiving the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2002, the only off the field community service awarded by the NFL , the Community Service Award in 2001 by Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Ed Block Courage award by his teammates; and

WHEREAS, when Donald is not spending time with his family, on the field or giving back to his community you will find him on his TV show Inside the Huddle, hear him on one of Milwaukee’s number 1 rated A.M. radio stations, or even managing his endorsements with top organizations such as Wisconsin Department of Transportation, McDonalds, Goodwill Industries and others; and

NOW, THEREFORE, We, Troy J. Streckenbach, Brown County Executive, Patrick Moynihan, Chairman of Brown County Board of Supervisors, along with the Brown County Board of Supervisors recognize Donald Driver and his overwhelming generosity to our community. And call onto all citizens to acknowledge and emulate his positive thinking and commitment to the community as a whole.

And do hereby proclaim Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, as a day of recognition as

Donald Driver Day

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73 Responses to “Brown County honors Donald Driver with his own day”

  1. By buzz61 on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for everything you have done for the team and community.1 more year?

  2. By Adam luck on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    donald you are awesome and we will always love you

  3. By Tarlam on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Peace, DD

  4. By mohawkchieftain on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations, Donald! You deserve the honor. But, it’s too bad it was not set for another date, so that you could be in attendance and your fans could have been notified, so that many more of them could have been there to congratulate you, in person.

  5. By Mike from Iowa on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Thank You DD it wont be the same without #80 on the field Thanks for the memories! Hope to see you coaching for the Green and Gold! GO PACK!!!

  6. By .N.I.G.E.R.I.A.G.U.E.S.T. on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    university of pheonix is a top notch far.t science school

  7. By Jane from Louisiana on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Way to go.
    Hope to see you around for a long time. God bless.

  8. By Laurie Strebe on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Join us: Fans for another season with the Packers for Donald Driver on fb! Like and share :)

  9. By Joanne Wood on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Mr. Driver for the many years that you have made football enjoyable to watch and helped to make our team one of the best! You are a fantastic role model and a person whom others aspire to be like. I am glad you will be staying in our great state and with our great team. Thank you again.

  10. By Cyndi Appelhof on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Way to Go! Way to Go! We love you Donald!!!!!!

  11. By Julie Nania on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Driver for be such an amazing human! It has been an absolute pleasure growing up watching you play. Go Pack go!!!!!!

  12. By George Angell on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Mr. Driver for everything you do and hope to see you back next season! Love that smile!!

  13. By Packer Backer on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Donald for being a member of the Packer team for all those years. You are an amazing role model. Hope to see you on the 2013-2014 season. Love your smile.

  14. By Kay on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Donald you are such a good role model for our children and grand children, I will forever remember you and Betina. Thanks for all the great things you dou and thanks for the memories!

  15. By Risktaka on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    I must say this is one of the greatest Birthday’s I have had in a while. To know that I will now share my birthday with another great man, father, husband Donald,and packer 4 life. I have been a packer fan for many, many years. I want you to know that you are the only person that could bring my wife over to become a cheesehead fan!

    Thanks for all the great memories. You will never be forgotten! I will wear my #80 proudly every year!

    Proud Packer Fan!

  16. By Brad Kimmick on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Donald for being a good man. There is a shortage of good men in this country & we could use my people like you. Lead On!

  17. By Mary on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Michigan loves you too Donald and we say thank you and sure hope your back next year!

  18. By Sheboygan Mullet on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    fire raji, bring back Justin harrell

  19. By Lonnie Delorme on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations Donald on your day and ALL your successes! Hope to see you next summer at training camp! I’ll buy supper if you sign my throwback jersey!! lol. Congrats again…..

  20. By Joann Fleischman on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    I,m so happy to hear that Donald Driver will stay in the community, it will be a pleasure to say he,s from Wisconsin. To say we all love him, is not enough. Stay with us Donald.

  21. By Diane on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Couldn’t have happened to a nice guy!! Hope you’re back next year in SOME capacity!

  22. By Diane on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!! Hope you’re back next year in SOME capacity!

  23. By judy on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    won”t b the same not seeing you playing,love you doubleD an you deserve a day,but still hope to see you next yr. doing something for the Pack!!

  24. By 77Vetter on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome news! You are such a great example and role model ! You are why I am proud to be an owner of the greatest football team that will ever be! Wish you all the best and hope you will be around in some capacity for many years to come, thanks for the memories and all those great catches! Will miss seeing that big smile!

  25. By Canadian Bill on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Driver will go down as one of the greatest. Cogratulations Go Pack Go

  26. By airpacker12 on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    You all act like he came and shoveled your walk…….Same with favre…..They owe everything they have to the NFL and esp.GB…..Im glad about thair success but lets try for once to say it like it is……

  27. By Marie on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations! Well deserved. Thanks for all you have done for the Packers and hope you will be back next year. You are definitely an excellant example of a devoted player and citizen. Thanks again.

  28. By Dana W. Kallahan on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Despite the fact I live in Vermont, I am a HUGE Packer Fan and share holder since 1997. I visit training camp every summer and enjoy Green Bay’s many offerings. My one great mement was meetng Donald Driver one day after a practice. He was generous with his time and wished my friend, who was battling cancer, the very best outcome for his illness. Driver also told my friend to “never stop fighting”. Driver’s comments had a deep impact on my friend and I.

  29. By Sheboygan Mullet on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    You can only be a true packer fan if you live in God’s country; Wisconsin.

  30. By Judy Barber on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    He did say he looks forward to remaining in the community for years to come. If he can’t be on the field, maybe coaching ? Good Luck and Thanks for the memories

  31. By anthonyk66 on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    That’s awesome Brown County couldn’t honor a better Packer or person. Not only has DD helped many in Green Bay and WI, but, also down here in Houston TX. He is just a great individual. Congratulations Donald Driver. Go Pack!!

  32. By Sixtus on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for the memories!!! Donald Driver the all time Green Bay Packer Wideout! The next Packer Hall of Famer. Give you the keys to City of Green Bay, City of Milwaukee what the heck give you the keys to the whole state! Give you a job at Wide Receiver’s coach next season on the Packers. You deserve every bit of it, Donald thanks a million and one times would not be enough! Ten times that would not be enough!

  33. By jollier on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    I am glad to see you honored for all you do and stand for in your life. I hope to keep hearing about you on or off the field. God bless you and yours.

  34. By penny nickels krall on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    you are a person that everyone should try to be like. we love .wish you could play forever!! GO PACK GO

  35. By DaGrise on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    @airpacker12: The entire hue and cry over the treatment of Driver is a result of “worlds colliding”: The world of die-hard ‘NFL Sunday Ticket’ demographic vs. the world of die-hard ‘Dancing With the Stars’ demographic. It isn’t pretty.

  36. By Hovannes on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    We love you Donald! One more year! INSPIRE that locker room!

  37. By Alex G on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    DD you are a perfect example of what Greatness is a true Packer at heart. Every Packers should be more like you. Thank you very much for your Great work with the Pack. Hopefully you can stay one more season. What ever you decide to do hopefully it will be Great. Go ahead and be Great!!! Go Pack Go!!!

  38. By northerner on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Great to see Donald honored, he has done so much for the community and the team. A true Gentleman and a great player.

  39. By JACK on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    THANKS !

  40. By Bonnie Diermeier on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver please encourage our youth to be the man that you are. You are a blessing to all.

  41. By Sandy on January 18, 2013 on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Donald, a true gentleman, wonderful husband and father, great writer of children’s books (I hope you continue to write them), and all time great Packer! All the time and effort you and Benita have given to charities here in Green Bay and Wisconsin will not be forgotten. You will be greatly missed on the field but I hope we will see you in some capacity with the Pack. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do. My thoughts and love go out to you and your beautiful family.

  42. By bigDaddy on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    The fame, money, status never changed Donald. Yes, He is a great football player but, his true greatness is his humility, and that he remained as one of us!. Thank You dear friend.

  43. By tootie on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    we love you D.D we will miss that smile and the great player you are. hoping to see you in summer of 2013
    we was always able to read your name on your shirt, not like some of them. you would be a good coach for G.B

  44. By Z Draxler on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Come back for one more year. I would like to meet you some day.

  45. By Shirley on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you for all the years as a Packer. It is rare for an NFL player to stay with the same team as you have. All the best to you and your family and all future endeavors. The Packers need to find a place for you in the organization.

  46. By JayPeeAre on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    What a highlight reel you’ve put together, Donald; On AND off the field!!! Everyone should be so blessed to take note of how it’s done and learn from your awareness, ability, presence and style. Well done, DD!!! You made it look so easy! :)

  47. By Bob from Virginia on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Donald, with so many negative role models in the league, your positive influence is so important and needed. I had to purchase a bigger/wider flat screen to accomodate your smile. All the best in whatever your future holds.

  48. By BJackson in Indiana on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    I pray they find even wider avenues for you to spread your football knowledge, personal greatness (packed in that humble package) and terrific smile throughout Packer-dom for many years to come.
    No tribute is enough Donald but I’m glad they made a start.

  49. By Mz.Green on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Mr.Double D what can i really say that you haven’t already heard, but I’ll say it anyways you are my all time favorite player i really hope to see that beautiful smile next season even if it on the sideline. what ever it is that you n your family decide GOD bless… love you man so does Cali #80 for life. GO PACKS GO!!!

  50. By PackerBilly on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    GB, ‘DD’, GB. TY.

  51. By LWilliams on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    After leaving my hometown of Marinette back in 2004, I still rooted for you from Great Falls, Montana and Idaho Falls, Idaho. I missed you this season, and I will continue to miss you for years to come, Donald. You’re the best. Thanks for the memories, and God bless you!

  52. By alrider on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    The one thing I will forever remember about Mr. Driver is that he is always smiling AND he never forgets his FAMILY when interviewed.

  53. By Jay Man on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    You were a stud to watch all these years with that million dollar smile. The fans loved you the most as you did the Lambeau leap into their arms. Again with that smile you should be on a billboard as an advocate for a Dental Hygenist. Good luck in your retirement and God bless!!!!

  54. By George on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Mr. Donald “the illustrious DD” Driver,
    You showed & proved what a true-to-heart, real person is, again & again, both on & off the field. You will always be a Packer, whether or not you play football in the 2013 season. But in whatever the future brings, we know you can & will, teach & inspire every Packer, current & future, and every man, woman & child, with the legacy you have given — and will always dwell, on the field & in the community we call Packerland & beyond — that there is always room for humility, and for trying harder for the person next to you, and for the fan in the stands, who marvel at the fact that you would RARELY be brought down by the first man, or one man alone. Others see how you give beyond what is expected, and it not only inspires, but makes those around you aspire to be better players & people themselves, in whatever they do. You always “go the extra yard” in whatever you do, whether on football fields, or in your highly-charitable, highly-lucrative giving, both in personality, person-ability, and dollar signs, without ever expecting, or needing any personal recognition. It so obviously shows, at every turn and in every effort you put forth. Whether fans are Packers, fans of the NFL, or fans of the great game of football at any or all levels, you have touched so many, and we thank you for your obvious dedication, inspiration & your constant BIG SMILE. You excelled at everything you did, and excel at everything you continue to do. You showed your greatest strength & humility on one of the greatest dancing stages in the television realm, as well as receiving the admiration of those you competed against, as so often has occurred in every endeavour of your life… How can, or could we, ever forget?
    God Bless you & yours, and may He always keep you in his Grace. You’ve earned it!

    Someone who has always marveled at your dedication, and esprit de corps.


  55. By Peggy Hansen-Rodgers on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Donald and family,

    We are so very proud of you! Green Bay wants to keep you forever so never move away! Your courage, generosity, love and commitment are overwhelming. We needed to see someone as admirable as you (and Betina) in our community to show that honor is alive and kicking!! The younger generation still has someone to emulate and we are so very grateful to you and your family. We can only try to follow in your footsteps to become greater individuals such as you and Betina. Thank you so much for everything! We will never forget you! We love you.

    Peggy and entire family

  56. By Dianne on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for the memories, Donald! Football would not have been the
    same without you. God Bless You and Your Family and don’t ever lose
    that smile!

  57. By Karan Kaluzynski on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    You are so special to so many, Donald Driver. My students in Muncie, Indiana know all about you and love you too. You so deserve a day of your own. If all of us could live the other 364 days in the manner that you have shown us, the world would be a better place. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being Donald Driver! Congratulations from your Indiana fans! The Packer Organization owes you a great deal. You are the BEST! ….and you dance well too! Go Pack go!

  58. By Maribeth on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you, Donald for all the wonderful memories you have given me. I have watched you play all of your years at Green Bay. I love your smile and hope we see you on the sidelines as a Packer coach. You are such a great model for our children. Loved your dancing and voted for you each time. We will miss you.

  59. By CT Packer Fan on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Donald for all of your hard work and exciting memories with the team. Wish we could have seen the ball thrown to you more this season! Best wishes and god bless. GO PACK!

  60. By Eye'ball Sohard on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks “Double D” for your hard work, and dedication. You epitomize everything a person could ask for in player. I wish all of our receivers were more like you. I mean eventhough you were smaller you weren’t afraid to go across the middle of the field and bang bodies for the team. I like the guys we got but they are soft. So long pimp buddy.

  61. By Mary Joy Danke on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    We love watching you play Donald! Your smile, and excitement after making a play is unforgettable.

  62. By NjG3RjAOUEST on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    I’m in Disney World for the
    launch of the American Idol Experience, and I arrive only to find my buddy Robert Basler crowing about the new soft drink made of Cow Urine.

  63. By Ruthann on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    Donald, I always love seeing you in the game, or on your show. Please come back one more year!! i love to see your smile. Packers need you one more year.

  64. By Diane Girard on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    I just want to Congratulate Donald Driver for this “honor” from Brown County.I personally hav missed seeing you on the field this year. You are my all-time “favoite Packer” I agree with so many others, that this country needs more people like you in it!!! I want to wish you, Mr. Driver, and your lovely family all the “Best” in your future endeavors. You have given of yourself on and off the field and always with that wonderful smile! You will be missed, so I hope one day you will be back in some capacity as this Packer fan would truly love to see that. I’ll always wear #80 with pride!!! God Bless You!!

  65. By Mary Lynn on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Donald for everything. I love watching you play and you are my “ALL-TIME” Favorite on Dancing With The Stars! I hope you come back in 2013 season. We didn’t get to see enough of you this year. Congrats on your honor from Brown County, you truly deserve it! May God bless you and your family. GO PACK GO!!!

  66. By Montanapackfan on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for everything dd you ate awesome!!!

    Roll on green roll on

  67. By Montanapackfan on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    Are, you are awesome

  68. By Carol on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply


  69. By Ingrid on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Donald, Thank you for all the enjoyable football games that we were able to watch. You are one in a million, both on the field and with the community work that you do. What an example for our young people. I hope that you will always be with the Packers in some way. Moved to Minnesota many years ago, but once a Packer Fan always a Packer Fan. God Bless you and your family in whatever comes your way. We will miss you. P.S. I also watched you on Dancing with the Stars, and cheered for you all the way. Great job. Love to see you again. You deserve a day just for you.

  70. By Robert Sutton on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    I wear your jersey to breakfast every Sunday morning here in Florida, just to let others know I’m a Packer fan and Donald Driver is my favorite. You have given us many years of thrills and we wish you the best in whatever you do now and in the future. I know you will always be a
    Green Bay Packer.

  71. By Irv Smith on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    Donald,what anhonor to have Donald Driver Day. Your family,and all Packer fans a I are very proud of you. My wife and I are going to miss you and your great smile,and we wish tou the best of luck,and I wish the packer org. has a coaching posision open for you. take care and God Bless you and your family

  72. By Gordon on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    Not allot of them like you , thanks for the memories and best of luck to you and yours.

  73. By NjGERjAOUEST on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    this diaper keeps giving me a Charlie horse everytime I simply take a step!

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