Donald Driver gives autographed memorabilia to fan who had cleat taken away
Donald Driver. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY- It's the story that everyone is talking about tonight and it all started with a shoe.
12-year-old Stephen Wagner might find it hard to sleep Monday night as Packers wide receiver Donald Driver tracked him down after seeing video of a woman ripping a cleat out of his hands.
Late Monday afternoon, Driver more than made up for the disappointment.
It's video that's gone viral on the Internet, even reaching Donald Driver.
In it -- the Packer star tosses his cleat to the 12-year-old after a celebrity softball game.
"He kinda looked at me.. I was going like this (claps hands) And he threw it like about there at me and I covered it up," said Wagner.
But, one woman -- Robyn Ereth -- rips the shoe from the kid's hands!
"I was like darn it. Cause it would have been pretty cool," said Wagner.
When Driver heard what happened -- he took to Twitter: "Does anyone know who this boy is? I want to get him the cleats he deserves!"
And Driver followed through -- he arranged a surprise meet and greet with a handful of autographed Packers garb. The Journal Sentinel reports a list of items that Driver gave to Stephen Wagner.
"I was amazed that he even saw the video and thrilled that he cared to respond to when he saw what happened," said Stephen's mom Mary Wagner.
Driver told Stephen he did intend the cleat for him.
But the Ripon boy's mom is most impressed with the message Driver brought Monday.
"Just being an upstanding person is important...we all need to take care of each other and be good role models," noted Mary Wagner.
As for what Stephen plans to do with the keepsakes -- that's still soaking in.
Stephen's mom told TODAY'S TMJ4 the woman in the video did call to apologize. She explained she thought Driver had thrown the cleat to her. The family says they're not harboring any bad feelings.