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Donald Driver charity softball game

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Jun 16, 2013

GRAND CHUTE- A record breaking year for the Donald Driver Charity Softball event as Donald Driver and his former Packers teammates raise money for a number of local charities.

Driver says today is not so much about the players as it is for the fans.

"I'm ingrained right here in Wisconsin.  I'm not going anywhere, this is my home and it will always be," said former Packers wide receiver Donald Driver

More than 9,000 fans packed Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute to see rookies and fan favorites try their hand at something other than football.
 
"It's been a while since I've been out here and it's been a while since I had a bat because I usually hit better than that," said Ahman Green, a retired Packers running back.
 
The game started with a home run derby raising money for charities in Northeast Wisconsin.  Rookie Nate Palmer won the derby and stole the title from last year's champ Davon House.  Palmer was also the game MVP.
 
"It feels funny.  I've never been the MVP of anything so I mean it's kind of new to me," said newly drafted linebacker Nate Palmer.
 
Driver has been heading the softball event for 6 years and this year it was sold out once again, but fans are left wondering, will he be back next year?
"I would love to keep it forever.  I think the fans miss retired players as well as they see the current.  They're trying to know the current players, but they do miss the veteran guys," said Driver.
 
90 percent of the cost from each ticket sold will help homeless families through the Donald Driver Foundation.
 
Driver says he will stay true to his loyal fans.  He admits he has gotten calls from other football teams around the NFL since retirement, but the only colors he will wear are the green and gold.