Packers WR Donald Driver catches SmackDown
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- On Sundays, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver can be seen grabbing touchdowns over opposing defensive backs. Days before the Packers take on the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field, the All-Pro wide-out caught SmackDown's All Star Kick-Off live at the Resch Center with his son, Cristian.
"I've always been a huge SmackDown fan, and fan of WWE since I was a kid, so I wanted my son to come out and get the opportunity to see what sports-entertainment is all about," said Driver, a three-time NFL Pro-Bowler.
The 10-year veteran grew up following the careers of WWE Hall of Famers "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. Driver's all-time favorite Superstar is Undertaker, who will face Big Show at No Mercy live on pay-per-view Sunday night. The usually smooth professional found it difficult to keep his composure when The Phenom made a surprise appearance. (WATCH Undertaker's appearance)
"When [Undertaker] came out, it got me excited. I think my son was more scared than anything else," Driver said with a smile.
Green Bay, affectionately nicknamed TitleTown USA for winning more championships (12) than any other football franchise, is recognized as one of the top sports communities in the country, and is famous for its loyal "Cheeseheads." Driver commended WWE for having SmackDown's MyNetwork TV premiere in Green Bay, in front of a sold-out arena.
"That shows a lot of respect. This is one of the best communities in the world. Packers fans are great supporters, so I knew they would come out in droves to support SmackDown tonight," Driver explained.
After his WWE experience, the 2007 NFC Pro Bowl starter noticed a specific difference between Superstars and Packers football players.
"WWE Superstars don't get to do the ‘Lambeau Leap' into the stands," said Driver, with an ear-to-ear grin. "It's a great opportunity to come out and just see the Superstars enjoy the crowd as much as we do at Lambeau Field on a daily basis."