Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and his wife Betina Driver. Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Driver continues to give back

Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver continues to amaze me. Is there anyone on the planet who can claim the number one slot in the nice guy category? I don’t think so.

Today’s announcement that through his foundation and a partnership with BMO Harris Bank, Driver will initiate a new annual awards program, “Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve Awards.”

Each year, there will be eight winners of the awards recognized, with a minimum of five of the recipients being from Wisconsin. These are people who will be nominated and awarded for their contributions to their communities. The first of the awards will be presented in spring 2014, one year from now.

A press release issued today about Driver’s new awards states that the awards will be “… open to all legal residents of the United States who can demonstrate they delivered a clear benefit to their community through volunteerism, mentoring, fundraising or any other not-for-profit means. Award winners will embody leadership, possess a dedication to excellence and will have displayed persistence and tenacity in reaching their organization’s goals.”

And Driver put his words to his motivation for starting the initiative: “Too often, we as a society focus on the bad things that are happening. This program is about turning the spotlight around and shining it on the people that work hard every day to make this world a better place.”

With his remarkable 14-year career in Green Bay, Driver knows a thing or two about having the light shine brightly on him, but he also knows a thing or two about giving back to his community. This is just another example as to why Driver has been such a positive influence, not only on the Packers and the city of Green Bay, but on everyone in the state and across the country.

We can only hope for the best in this initiative and hope the Driver continues to find ways to give back.

Thank you, Donald.

Award criteria and nomination forms may be found at the Donald Driver Foundation website,

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