PACKER DONALD DRIVER TO RECEIVE RED SMITH AWARD
|The Green Bay Packers all-time reception leader, Donald Driver, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Red Smith Award, according to Banquet Chairman Mike Reese. This honor is given annually to an individual who has contributed or continues to contribute to sports either on or off the field in the state of Wisconsin. The presentation will be made at the 45th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.
|Driver, in his 11th season, leads the playoff bound Packers wide receiver corp. with 70 receptions and six touchdown catches. He just completed his sixth straight 1,000-yard season and seventh overall (both franchise records), with 1,061 receiving yards. Driver also, broke Sterling Sharpe’s franchise record for all-time leader in receptions, when he caught his 596th career ball from Aaron Rodgers, this past October vs. Detroit.In 1999, Driver was selected by the Packers as the second of two seventh-round choices (213th overall), by Ron Wolf. Since that time he worked his way to becoming one of the Packers all-time great wide receivers. Known for his work ethic and positive attitude, he continually sets an example for the younger receivers.Driver had a decorated collegiate track career at Alcorn State where he had worldclass skills in the high jump, reaching 7 feet, 6 inches. Driver has written two illustrated, full color, children’s books, Quickie makes the Team and Quickie Handles a Loss. In 2008, he took over for Brett Favre, in hosting the annual Packers’ offense vs. defense charity softball game, played at Fox Cities Stadium, with the proceeds going to support the Donald Driver Foundation.