Donald Driver was picked in the seventh round of 1999 NFL draft. He was frustrated he didn't get picked higher, but he soon realized how fortunate he was to get drafted. He didn't even know where Green Bay was. Many thought he didn't have much of a chance to make it with the Packers. He started as the 13th wide receiver on the roster, but he slowly rose up and became the starter. He ended up getting over 10,000 yards in his career. He caught 61 touchdowns. He became a Super Bowl champion.
He had many obstacles in his way but he became a great player in the NFL. In his childhood, he didn't always make the right choices. He moved a lot in his childhood. He stole cars and sold drugs with his brother. He never had a father figure that stayed in his life so he followed his brother. He and Moses got a lot of money out of dealing and whenever their mom couldn't pay the bills they would help out. He met his future wife at Alcorn State. Tina said that if he wanted to keep selling drugs he could just say goodbye. He did the right thing and stopped selling drugs and stealing cars.
He didn't receive much respect with the Packers at first. He credits General Manager Ron Wolf for helping him make the team. Donald earned respect because he was fast and had the skill to succeed. He also became known for his big, broad smile. He became a trusted target for quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Donald tells stories about Reggie White, Favre, Greg Jennings, and Aaron Rodgers. He kept missing out on the Super Bowl with Brett, but he got his Super Bowl ring with Aaron when the Packers beat the Steelers in 2010. Late in his career with the Packers, he had a tough choice to make. He had to choose whether he would retire a Packer or try to go elsewhere. He chose to retire as a Packer because of what the organization and the fans did for him. He played for fourteen years in the league and retired in 2013.
He competed on the show "Dancing With the Stars" and won the mirror ball trophy with Peta Murgatroyd in 2012. He now enjoys his free time by playing with his wife and kids. He continues to do his charity work. This was one of my favorite books I ever read. It had a lot of information about football players and football.
I liked Donald Driver before I read this book. Now I have even more respect for what he had to overcome to become the great player and man he is today. My son, Eric (18 years old), read this book along with me. We both really enjoyed it.