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Donald Driver: From Homeless and Drugs to Green Bay Packers and Dancing with the Stars

May 20, 2012 09:21 AM by Melissa Stavarski

Donald Driver, a finalist on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars, is an accomplished football player.  The Green Bay Packers drafted him in 1999. Donald Driver has been a super fan of Dancing with the Stars since its premiere in 2005.  Now a fan favorite and finalist on Dancing with the Stars, he is opening up about the struggles he has endured throughout his life. The Dancing enthusiast was often homeless as a child and turned to selling drugs in high school.  Driver’s story is one of perseverance and commitment, to his family.

Donald Driver has faced one battle after another his entire life.  Growing up, his family was impoverished.  They often found themselves homeless and living out of U-hauls.  As just a wee little Donald Driver, he vowed to one day help his family.  He told People, “I didn’t know what it was going to be or how I was going to do it.”  Driver admits he got lost along the way when he started selling drugs in high school. Then, Driver met his now wife, Betina, in college.  He credits her for changing his life around.

Fourteen years, three kids, and one Super Bowl ring later, Donald Driver is a decorated wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and a devoted husband and father.  In 2011, Donald Driver told Sports Illustrated, “It’s your past that helps make you who you are today. My past has made me a better husband, a better father, a better person. All the things I went through in my life have made me better for it, and I don’t take anything for granted.’”  Also on Drivers list of accomplishments, founder of The Donald Driver Foundation, published author, and finalist on Dancing with the Stars.

As long-time fan of the Dancing with the Stars, Driver shows up every Monday and Tuesday night full of spunk and enthusiasm.  The latest battle in Donald Driver’s life is dealing with Len Goodman, the grumpy judge who refuses to award him and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, with a perfect score.  Trophy or no trophy after Monday night, Donald Driver is a winner in my book.

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2 Responses to “Donald Driver: From Homeless and Drugs to Green Bay Packers and Dancing with the Stars”

  1. maggiemay Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 9:02 am

    How inspiring …….not all of
    are born with silver spoons in our mouths.
    it wonderful and heartwarming to see
    someone suceed as him with theguts, will and
    perserverance…. GodBLess you donald …..!!!
    Your story will help someone out there…

  2. Joanna Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Donald Driver is a CLASS ACT!!! I’m not a Packers fan, but I love this guy. He is everything good. I want him to win DWTS’s this season. He never quits on anything!!!


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