Alcorn State Icon Honored by Green Bay Packers
Green Bay, Wis. - Former Alcorn State University wide receiver, Donald Driver, was recenlty honored by the Green Bay Packers organization for his dedication and 14 seasons with the team.
The Packers all-time leading receiver, announced his retirement in January and the city of Green Bay saluted Driver by naming a street after him and unveiling a statue in his honor.
The Packers unveiled a statue and a street named after him entitled, “Donald Driver Way” between the intersection of the former Pearl Street and Dousman Street which is just across from Lambeau Field.
Driver put a stamp on an amazing career with 743 receptions and 10,137 yards. Both are franchise records topping the receiving categories. Driver also finished with 61 touchdowns which ranks third in team history.
He was enshrined in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in December of 2012.
"To have a statue that has my name on the back of it, it has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with you," Driver said to the many Packers fans in attendance (via Packers.com). "Because you all have put me on a pedestal that I would have never thought to be standing on."
The ceremony took place at Titletown Brewing Co. in downtown Green Bay where the Driver statue is now located.
The statue was originally a generic "receiver" statue that was dedicated at the Packers Hall of Fame across from Lambeau Field in 1985.
The statue was moved to Titletown Brewing Co. in 2005, and on Saturday, the statue was unveiled with a new look: It had been painted with Driver's number.
Fittingly, the statue is located at the corner of Dousman Street and the newly named Donald Driver Way.
The three-time Pro Bowler played in a total of 15 postseason games in his career, including the Packers' Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers, where he caught two passes for 28 yards.
Driver is known for his contributions off the field as well. He and his wife Betina started the “Donald Driver Foundation” in 2001. He is also the author of three books and the winner of “Dancing with the Stars” with dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd in 2012.
Donald Driver attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi, where he lettered in both football and track & field. He finished his college football career with 88 receptions for 1993 yards (19.69 Yards Per Catch).
He 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 the Southwestern Athletic Conference for his track and football prowess.