Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/12/14
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Donald Driver signed my girlfriend's hat. I am reminded in no uncertain terms of this fact every football Sunday. She wasn't even a Packer fan at the time. Neither of us even knew him by recognition as he etched his name.As Driver's 14th and most likely final year in Green Bay draws to a close, his departure should remind us all of so many lessons beyond the scope of professional football.Drafted in the 7th and final round (213th overall) in 1999, Donald showed every indication that he was a special teamer likely to have a short career at the NFL level. For three long years he toiled on the kick and punt teams, and the occasional appearance on offense in blowout games. But he never stopped working hard, and he never gave up.Hope was something Driver possessed the hard way. He grew up in poverty in Houston, Texas. He watched his single mother struggle to make ends meet and raise her five children right. He lived out of a U-Haul truck, slept on cold streets, and even sold drugs to get...
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