Donald Driver thanks fans with statewide tour
MANITOWOC (WLUK) -- From the State Fair in West Allis, to a food pantry in Madison, to the Miracle League of the Lakeshore, and finally the Boys and Girls Club in Green Bay, Donald Driver had a very busy Friday.
“For 14 years, the fans gave me so much love and I just wanted to say thank you,” said Driver, who was recently inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.
Driver is spending the weekend on a bus, making stops across Wisconsin, including in cities where you don't normally see Packers players, like Manitowoc.
“When they called me to tell me that we were chosen, I was just in shock, because oh my god he's coming to a small town and somewhere other than Green Bay or Milwaukee or something like that,” said Laura Ziemer, the commissioner of the Miracle League of the Lakeshore. “We were just really honored that we were chosen.”
For four years now, the Miracle League has been allowing Manitowoc area children with physical and intellectual disabilities to play baseball. Driver helped make it happen, donating $25,000 to the league in its early stages.
“To see it in person, it's just surreal, because you never think of the things that you do if you never get to experience them,” said Driver.
Driver can now say he was part of the action. He threw out the first pitch for the league's all-star game, and showed off his famous smile for plenty of pictures.
“He's a cool guy,” said Luke Smith, a 14-year-old player in the league. “I mean he played for the Packers.”
While Driver is getting his fill of Wisconsin this weekend, he says he'll be back plenty in the future.
“If the fans keep having me, I'll keep coming around,” said Driver.
Driver will end his tour on Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute for a charity softball game featuring some of his former teammates and celebrities.