Donald Driver and Bo Ryan to be Inducted into Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame announced Bo Ryan and Donald Driver were a part of its class of 2016.
Former Packer Donald Driver and current Badger Basketball Coach Bo Ryan will enter the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame next year.
The group includes 135 legends like Hank Aaron, Vince Lombardi, and Bonnie Blair.
After 14 record-setting seasons with the Green Bay Packers driver said his on-field success led him to his true calling.
"My purpose was not to be a great football player. My purpose was to inspire, motivate, and change lives. I think now that I'm done playing the game of football. I can do that, " Driver said.
Ryan heads into his 32nd straight season as a Wisconsin college basketball head.
He said the Hall of Fame is a huge honor, but said he's going to step into practice and still be Coach Ryan.
“I think I'll still be the same guy that if you need correcting. We'll help you out. And if you do well we'll say hey that's pretty good," Ryan said.
Driver said this honor made him think back to a childhood which could've led to jail or worse.
Instead, his life took a much different path.
“I’m happy that it's finally here. The moment is here and I think. Me and Bo we love to play this game and now we get to share this moment together," Driver said.
The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is based in downtown Milwaukee on Fourth Street.