Receivers hope to catch some tickets

During the games, Donald Driver, Robert Ferguson and Javon Walker fight for the football. This week, the receiving trio is fighting for tickets.

Green Bay's standout wide receivers all hail from Houston or the immediate area, meaning they have a lot of friends and family members to try and fit into Houston's Reliant Stadium for Sunday's prime-time affair against the Texans.

"I need about 42 to 50, but right now I'm about 27 short. So we'll see what happens. A lot of people will be watching the game from home," said Driver, a Houston native.

Ferguson, who also hails from Houston, also is seeking about 50 tickets. Walker, from nearby Galveston, will settle for a mere 25.

"Oh, my goodness. I've got people coming to the game just to tailgate," Walker said. "They can't even get into the game. It's going to be wild. There's a lot of people coming to the game from Dallas, from Texas. It's really going to be the closest I'm going to get to home."

For family reasons, the trip home is a big deal for Walker and Driver.

"The most exciting part about it is I will have them there watching me," said Walker of his mother, Bernita Goldsmith, and stepfather Charles Goldsmith.

Driver's life story was well chronicled during his breakout season of two years ago. In his early teens, he and his family lived in the back of a U-Haul truck after a collection agency took the family's possessions.

For money, Driver helped steal cars. He'd wrap a shirt around his hand and punch his way through the window. During one harrowing incident, as he fled from the police he slammed into a woman's car. Driver ran, then came back to see if the woman was OK.

When police arrived, the woman said Driver — now sitting behind her on a bench — was her grandson. By being spared arrest, Driver learned a lesson. About a year later, when he was 14, Driver moved in with his grandmother, Betty Lofton, who helped guide Driver away from a life of crime and kept it clean of drugs.

The 83-year-old Lofton has never seen Driver play in person — not even in high school — a situation that will be rectified Sunday.

"She's always been that person who told me to get up and do the things I have to do. Without her, I probably wouldn't be here today," said Driver, a Pro Bowler after his 70-catch, nine-touchdown 2002 season.

Lofton, grandfather George Lofton and his mother, Faye Gray, will be handed some of the best seats in the house, Driver said.

"I wanted to make sure I got them behind the bench and cheer me on for the first time. If I can score a touchdown, I can bring them the ball."

The return home isn't quite as special for Ferguson, who played his college ball at Texas A&M.

"This is a business trip for me," Ferguson said. "I'm just going home to try and get a victory."

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