GRAND CHUTE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) A record crowd of just over 9,000 attended Donald Driver’s annual charity softball game near Appleton yesterday. Driver – who retired from the Green Bay Packers after last season – took over the event from Brett Favre in 2009.
It has raised hundreds-of-thousands of dollars for Driver’s foundation, which helps homeless families and disadvantaged young people in Wisconsin and Driver’s home area of Houston. The fans were in mid-season form, tailgating for up to four-and-a-half hours before the first pitch.
The Packers’ all-time leading receiver said he’d return – but only if the Packers want him. If not, he’ll be happy watching them at home on T-V. He also vowed to continue the annual charity softball game and other events throughout Wisconsin.
Driver – who gained national fame a year ago by winning “Dancing With the Stars” – said he’ll keep making Green Bay a second home and return as often as possible. On Saturday, Driver was honored with a street named after him in Green Bay – and a statue in his honor.
For the record, the defense won the softball game, 24-to-20. Packers’ rookie linebacker Nate Palmer was the game’s M-V-P, after hitting a homer and a pair of doubles.