Early Tuesday (Feb. 28) morning, the “Dancing with the Stars” Season 14 cast was revealed and filled with familiar faces: “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert, “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd and even tennis great Martina Navratilova. Also on the list, Green Bay Packer Donald Driver.
The 37-year-old wide receiver is the latest in a long string of NFL-ers to compete for the mirrorball trophy. His predecessors — Emmitt Smith (Season 3 winner), Hines Ward (Season 12 winner), Chad Ochocinco, Lawrence Taylor and Jerry Rice — all did well, so he’s got big dancing shoes to fill.
Driver is a 13-year veteran of the Packers who has a busy philanthropic life, too. The Donald Driver Foundation helps sick children with unmanageable hospital bills and housing for the homeless. He’s also the author of three children’s books, the football-themed “Quickie Handles a Loss,” “Quickie Makes the Team” and “Quickie Goes to the Big Game.”
Forbes posits that a charismatic run on “DWTS” — and that’s all up to Driver and how he handles himself on camera — could lead to endorsement deals and help him build a rep as a public figure.