APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – You’re used to seeing them on the grill, but this weekend some former Green Bay Packer players put their skills to the test on the diamond.
Former Green Bay Packer wide receiver Donald Driver hosted his annual charity softball game. Former Packer and Wisconsin Badger players as well as a medley of celebrities and Driver family members attended.
The scene at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium looked like what Lambeau Field usually does when the Packers are in town. There were Packer jerseys, cheese heads, tailgating, beer and kids. All the things you associate with the football season except that day football players were playing softball.
“Every time you go to a Wisconsin sports game you have to follow the trail, it’s just tradition,” said Brian Ottman, who attended the charity softball game on Sunday.
Brian was among the nearly 5,000 fans who came to watch the game. It was for a good cause.
“Anything you can do to give back to the community is good, because a good community benefits everyone,” says Ottman.
The game raises funds for the Donald Driver Foundation, which helps underprivileged children and families.
“There are so many issues and you wonder how you can impact each of them,” says Driver Donald.
The game is also a kind of reunion for former teammates. Driver and former Packers wide receiver James Jones were the captains of both teams and there was a lot of friendly talk.
Jones ‘team were largely winning until the two captains struck a deal: if Driver donated to Jones’ charity, he would spot Driver’s team the 20 races they needed to tie the game. Both men agreed, and the game suddenly became tied at 23 going into the final set.
Jones’ team ended up winning 33-25.