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After father's death, Driver finds solace, gratitude around Thanksgiving

Donald Driver. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After father's death, Driver finds solace, gratitude around Thanksgiving

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Nov 27, 2013

After a loved one has passed away, many people find that Thanksgiving can be a hard time of year.

However, record-breaking Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is discovering that the pain of losing his father Marvin is not dampening his day of gratitude.

"I think for me, it's not.  It's a time for giving thanks for everything you have," said the former star wideout and "Dancing with the Stars" champion on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News." 

"Things happen for a reason.  God makes everything happen for a reason.  My father passed away, it's a tough situation knowing Thanksgiving is coming around the corner, Christmas...but having the family around makes it so much better. We're all healthy.  We're blessed the way we are today."

He said he's hosting the Thanksgiving festivities at his house, with his prime culinary contribution being his "sweet potato casserole.  I'm making two big batches for my family...we're going to have a good time tomorrow."

The Packers announced Wednesday that Driver would hold a book signing for his new autobiography "Driven" on Fri. Dec. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Packers Pro Shop.

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.