When 9-year-old Alana Strehl, a third-grader at Summit View Elementary School won't forget her school day on Friday anytime soon.
That’s because when Alana asked Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Dancing With the Stars champion Donald Driver to show off his favorite dance moves, he agreed to do it on one condition – that Alana would dance with him.
“They love the Packers,” said Alana about her family. “I am going to be super excited.”
Alana wasn’t the only lucky one to turn the gym into a dance floor. Driver also had Jennifer Jones, an instructional resource teacher, show off her best moves.
Jones said she was “overwhelmed” when Driver motioned her over to be his dance partner in front of the whole school.
“To be able to tell my husband and my family that I danced with Donald Driver is quite special,” Jones said. “Just to have him part of our school community is even more special.”
Driver visited Summit View days after securing the Mirror Ball trophy in Dancing With the Stars. The Mirror Ball trophy came with Driver, as well as his Super Bowl ring he earned in February 2011. The school won the visit when it collected 74,732 items for Goodwill, competing against more than 1,000 other schools in Wisconsin.
The kids had the chance to ask Driver questions about football, Dancing With the Stars and life in general.
Mr. Driver, how did you feel when the Packers won the Super Bowl?
That was the most amazing experience in my life because now I have a Super Bowl ring that no one will ever take from me. I am going to keep that for the rest of my life. It was amazing.
Mr. Driver, what was your favorite play that you ever made with the Packers?
There is a lot of them. I can only choose one? There are so many! My favorite play would probably be the ‘49ers game, when I broke six tackles and scored. That would probably be the best one.
Mr. Driver, who was your favorite football team to play against last year?
I had three. Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit.
What was better, winning the Mirror Ball Trophy or Lombardi trophy?
Someone asked me that same question and I said “both.” The reason why is because for an NFL player, the greatest milestone is to win a Vince Lombardi trophy. But for a pro-dancer, like Peta Murgatroyd, that is a milestone for her. I appreciate both. The moment was special, because I made her dreams come true.