From 1999 to 2012, there wasn’t anyone who epitomized the small-town championship mentality of the city of Green Bay more than star wide receiver Donald Driver. With a 1,000-watt smile and a massively charitable spirit, Driver endeared himself to Packers fans.
Driver, a seventh-round pick out of Alcorn State who was never supposed to amount to anything at the professional level, retired following the 2012 season as a franchise icon. His 743 receptions for 10,137 yards stand as franchise records.
The four-time Pro Bowl wideout not only made an impact on the field, but was also a major influence and inspiration off of it.
In a ceremony held at Titletown Brewing Co. in downtown Green Bay on Saturday, Driver was honored with his own statue and even had a street named after him.
“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.”
No one thought Driver would be standing on it either, but here he is, both a legend as a football player and a human being.
In case you may have been wondering, the statue was actually re-purposed in Driver’s honor. Prior to the decision, the statue was a generic wide receiver. Here’s a look at the work being done on it:
[H/T: CBS Sports]