GREEN BAY – Donald Driver’s quest for the mirror ball trophy is alive and well, although it may cost him some practice time for his real job.
The Green Bay Packers veteran wide receiver advanced to the finals of Dancing With the Stars, meaning he’ll compete for the title next Monday night on ABC.
The Packers also kick off organized team activity practices on Monday, the first of their 10 allotted offseason practices.
Driver will face opera singer Katherine Jenkins and actor William Levy in the finals, with the winner to be crowned on May 22. The team’s first open-to-the-media, open-to-the-public OTA practice is that day.
The Packers have been very supportive of Driver’s participation in the show, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, coach Mike McCarthy, linebacker Clay Matthews, wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett and player programs director Rob Davis all attending Monday night’s show in Los Angeles.
“I tried to vote and it was hard to get through. I think everybody from Wisconsin was voting,” Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said before departing on Tuesday’s Tailgate Tour. “I thought he did very well. He’s done well the whole season. What to me is even more impressive is just how he represents himself and the Packers. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Driver did face some drama before advancing, however. He was in jeopardy until the closing minutes of Tuesday night's results show, but in the end, it was entertainment reporter Maria Menounos who was sent home.
Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd scored a 57 out of 60 points from the judges on Monday night and undoubtedly got huge voting numbers from Packers fans.
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