Donald Driver surprises biggest fan

We’re getting softer and less snarky in our older age. We like feel-good stories. So, on a blustery day in the Northeast, a warm-your-heart tale is just what the doctor ordered. Our thanks to Donald Driver.

Driver, the lifelong Packers receiver who announced his retirement at the end of the season, is one of those guys who is consistently described as a class act. It’s hard to argue that assertion when you check out videos like this. It seems so easy to criticize athletes for not doing the little things for fans, but it’s not always as that easy a proposition. That’s why extra props are in order here.

Here’s the quick and dirty. A local Green Bay Fox affiliate interviews Angie LeRoy, a 78 year-old cancer survivor and Packers nut. Her favorite player? Donald Driver. Her wish? Not even to attend his retirement party later that day, but just to meet him and give him a hug goodbye. Well, wish granted. Call us saps but something about this exchange is so genuine, that it’s just well…perfect. Helluva job, Mr. Driver. Our must-see video of the day.

Donald Driver surprises longtime fan

HT: Larry Brown Sports

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  1. Leslie says:

    This is so like him–he’s the real deal. I wish he could play forever–actually, he was completing catches in the debacle playoff game against the Giants (2011-2012 season). When asked (we got to talk to his wife) about not playing anymore, she said he was alright with it. HOWEVER, why couldn’t he play that final game (playoffs)??? Come on Packer hierarchy–that was cruel, when you knew your team was once again faltering in the playoffs, why couldn’t you play him?? Since everyone else didn’t show for the game, you can bet DD would not have gone that route!!
    He’s one of a kind–certainly a very special player, and an even more special man!
    LOL, Donald!

  2. Don says:

    I have been a Packer fan for a little over 50 years now, and Donald Driver has not only been one of the best to ever have played for the Pack, he has also been one of the most genuinely decent men to have played the game anywhere in the NFL! Thanks for the memories Donald, I wish you a happy retirement.

  3. LCG says:

    Always good to hear from real fans that the public persona is, in fact, the real thing! Thanks for stopping by and for the comments.

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