Former coach proud of Donald Driver's life choices

CREATED Jan 31, 2013

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HOUSTON - Donald Driver's former high school basketball coach is a proud man today.

"I had tears in my eyes when I heard (he was retiring).  Tears of joy," Jim Duffer, of Milby High School, told WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News.  "This is one of my kids that has really done a good thing in his life."

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Driver, whose childhood nickname was Quickie, spent as much time at school as possible, according to his coach.

"He always wanted to be here," Duffer said.  "Obviously things weren't great at home."

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Driver's career was nearly derailed before it even began.  Some of his teammates were caught stealing a car.  Driver and a friend were supposed to go out with them that night, but he convinced the friend to stay home.

"It's a story we share with our students all the time," Duffer explained.  "The three teammates carjacked a lady and led police on a chase.  One of them is in prison, another spent 9 years in the state penitentiary."

"Quickie was really upset because they got caught.  He couldn't talk them out of going out that night."

Duffer is proud to know Driver was able to stay on the right path and not use his rough childhood as an excuse.

"We've got so many stories about (athletes) who make the wrong decisions," he said.  "Donald is an example of someone who did the right thing."

"How can a coach not be proud?" Duffer beamed.  "It's amazing."