While the NFL has plenty of quarterbacks indelibly associated with a single city — Brady, Brees, Ryan, Rodgers, the lil' Manning — receivers tend to be a more wandering lot. And in all sports, the flow of players and money runs away from small-market teams. So when one sticks around for his entire career, it's meaningful to both player and city.
Donald Driver retired last month after 14 years as a Green Bay Packer, and because he didn't dance or win a Super Bowl on his way out, he didn't receive a tenth of the attention of fellow retiree Ray Lewis. But he had a similarly outsize impact on his community, as the video above shows.
Driver is leaving Green Bay — sorry, folks, but it's cold there — to return to his home state of Texas, but before he did, he stopped by the home of 78-year-old fan Angie LeRoy. She'd decorated her house to honor Driver's retirement, and who should show up at her doorstep but Driver himself?
Turns out Driver had seen a previous story on LeRoy, a cancer survivor, and decided she deserved a visit and a personal thank-you (as well as a hug). It's a great video, one that shows just how much some fans really do care for their teams ... and how much happiness a player can bring to those fans. Snark all you want, but the look on Angie LeRoy's face when she sees her hero on her doorstep is just perfect.
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