Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field
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The legendary NFL receiver, all-time receptions and yards leader for the Green Bay Packers, and Dancing with the Stars champion looks back on his life and career.
When he was picked in the seventh-round of 1999 NFL draft, Donald Driver couldn’t find Green Bay on a map. He was given little chance of making the Packers roster, much less of amassing over 10,000 yards in his career and becoming a Super Bowl champion. But in an unlikely journey, Driver has overcome obstacle after obstacle to become one of the most successful players in the NFL.
Now, for the first time, Driver recalls his time growing up in Houston, spending nights living in a U-Haul trailer with his mother and stealing cars and selling drugs with his brother to get by. He recalls what it was like to walk into the locker room as a little-regarded prospect out of Alcorn State, an athlete who one year earlier thought his future was in high jump rather than football, and why he would have never made the team without the support of General Manager Ron Wolf.
With the help of his winning speed, skill, not to mention, smile, Driver became one of Brett Favre's most-trusted targets and a fan favorite at Lambeau. (Though it took some time for him to perfect his Lambeau leap.) Driven takes you inside the locker room with Favre, shares his experiences with Reggie White, and recalls his more recent role as a veteran leader for like Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings during their Super Bowl run in 2010. Over 14 years Driver has been through it all—game winning touchdowns, crushing playoff defeats, frightening injuries, and the glory of the Super Bowl.
Traveling off the field, Driver discuss his relationship with his wife and three children: how uncertain they were when he undertook the relentless training necessary to become a champion on the 2012 season of Dancing With the Stars, and how supportive they are of his charity work and service to God.
Driver retired on his terms after 14 years in the NFL: as a Packer for life. Driven is the definitive story of Donald Driver’s extraordinary journey.
From the Hardcover edition.
get in a fight every day, and he didn’t want to go to that school anymore. But to go to another school, he would have to get on a bus and travel a long way to get there. My mother decided that rather than put Moses on a bus, we’d move again. Sam finally put his foot down. “Faye, I’m not moving anymore,” he said. “I can’t keep doing this. You have to understand. This is it. Stay. Let’s not keep moving because you’re not comfortable or happy.” My mother gave him an ultimatum. “If you don’t want
the Packers had ever won in a season was thirteen. In 2011 we began the season 13-0. We finished the year with a stellar 15-1 record. Our only loss was to the Kansas City Chiefs in a huge upset. There is only one team in NFL history to go undefeated through the league championship, and that was the 1972 Miami Dolphins. We so badly wanted to be the second team to do that, but on any given Sunday you can lose, and that’s what happened to us against Kansas City. It was a terrible loss, because we
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the same plane—but the producers told us we couldn’t talk to each other. They didn’t want anyone to know in advance that I was to be a contestant. She was with her boyfriend, and I was sitting behind her. I sat in my seat and didn’t say a word to her. We passed notes to each other. “I can’t believe we can’t talk to each other,” she wrote. “I know,” I wrote back. The next day, we arrived in Los Angeles at the studios of ABC, the host of Dancing with the Stars, for our introduction to the
that I used to christen every new home by jumping off the roof. My thinking was if I didn’t break my leg it was a good place to live. What a crazy kid I was. I thought I was Superman or Spider-Man. I thought that I could fly. I never got hurt. I was lucky. WHEN MOM AND Sam separated and Sam kept Sam Jr. with him, that was the turning point. We had lost little Sam. He didn’t grow up with us and Mom, and that’s what we missed more than anything. We missed the bond we had, always being there for