Driver delivers grandmother's gift

Donald Driver talks to his grandmother on the phone just about every day. They'll have a lot to talk about during their next call, after Driver's performance in the Packers' 16-13 win in Houston.<P>

Driver lives in Houston during the offseason and sees his extended family often. Sunday, however, marked the first time many of his family members, including his beloved grandmother Betty Lofton, have ever seen him play in person.

"This is something I've always wanted to do - play in front of my family and put on a great show," Driver said.

Driver secured seats for a host of relatives including his grandmother, grandfather George Lofton and his mother Faye Gray.

In the days leading up to the game, Driver told reporters he wanted to score a touchdown for his family, then present his grandmother with the ball.

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

But if that didn't happen, Driver said, they'd still be satisfied just to see him play.

"I'm just happy that I'm going home to play in front of my family," he said last week. "I think that's one thing that they've always wanted."

Driver delivered on everyone's wishes. His family saw a great performance from their favorite Packer, Driver got his touchdown and grandma got the game ball.

It was no small feat. With the Packers trailing 13-3 in the fourth quarter, Driver made an outstanding grab on a 24-yard touchdown strike from Brett Favre with 12:28 remaining. Driver had another catch for 12 yards on the drive to keep it alive. He surpassed the 100 yard mark during the 8-play, 81-yard drive.


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