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Donald Driver, Mark Lee heading to Packers HOF

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers announced Tuesday that former receiver Donald Driver and former cornerback Mark Lee would be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame next summer.

July 22, 2017 will be a historic one for Driver and Lee, with the enshrinement banquet to be held in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Driver currently holds the Packers all-time receptions record with 243. He’s also the team’s receiving yardage leader with 10,137.

Lee ranks second among Packers cornerbacks with 31 career interceptions. That mark ranks eighth overall for the Packers.

Below is the official press release from the Packers:

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced today that it will induct former Packers players Donald Driver and Mark Lee at the 47th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 22, 2017, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Donald Driver, selected in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft, played in 205 games during his 14-year Packers career, the second-most in franchise history behind only quarterback Brett Favre. He is the Packers’ all-time leader for receptions, with 743, and receiving yards, with 10,137, and also scored 62 career touchdowns, tied for fifth-most in team annals. Over his career, Driver cultivated a reputation as one of the most productive wide receivers in Packers history, with 133 consecutive games with a reception and nine consecutive seasons with 50 or more receptions. A four-time Pro Bowl selection (2002, ’06, ’07, ‘10), Driver’s veteran leadership also helped guide the 2010 Packers to a Super Bowl XLV victory.

Mark Lee, who played 11 seasons in Green Bay (1980-90), was a model of consistency during his career, whether it was in pass coverage as one of the league’s best bump-and-run corners or as a hard-nosed tackler in run support. He intercepted 31 passes during his career, which ranks second all-time among Packers cornerbacks and eighth overall, and added 104 passes defensed, as well as nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. A durable performer, he missed only eight games during his Packers career, appearing in 157 contests with 139 starts. Lee also led the Packers in kickoff returns his first two seasons and in punt returns in 1981 when he averaged 9.4 yards and ranked 11th in the league. Additionally, he had an interception return for a touchdown at Dallas in the 1982 playoffs.

Information about tickets for the banquet, which begins with a cash bar at 4:30 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., is still being finalized and will be released in the near future (www.packershalloffame.com). The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 10, 2017, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.

Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Packers Hall of Fame moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to the lower level of the Lambeau Field Atrium, and it was closed in November 2013 for renovations. The Packers Hall of Fame reopened in August of 2015, and is now located on the main floor of the Atrium across from 1919 Kitchen & Tap. Groups interested in booking tours and those seeking additional information may visit the Hall online at packers.com/lambeau-field/hall-of-fame/visit.html.

LISTEN: Donald Driver Hits Brooklyn & Stoughton To Reward Kids

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Fri. May 13, 2016  10:24 a.m  CT   
MADISON, Wisconsin  —  If Thursday seemed just a little brighter in South Central Wisconsin, I could tell you why.  Packer Legend Donald Driver brought his ‘Sunshine Smile’ to some local Kids that put their best foot forward for the Health of their Community.  Find out more with Kidd Snuff & the BenchWarmers: Revisit Drivers’ Induction to Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame here:  http://www.donalddriver80.com/wi-athletic-hof
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LISTEN: Meet Donald Driver & Jerry Kramer

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Fri. Feb. 5, 2016  10:29 a.m. CT   
MADISON, Wisconsin | Two of the most storied players in the Packers long history are waiting to meet YOU!  I’ve met both.  Jerry Kramer let me try on his Super Bowl Ring.  Unfortunately, I played hoops with Donald Driver at a fundraiser at Watertown High School.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out I was in WAY over my head!  Rich Reynolds and I had a chance to chat with Brian representing the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame: Monday morning Bill Michaels will join Kidd Snuff & the Benchwarmers at 7:40 to follow-up on Super Bowl 50!
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