Plaques were unveiled Tuesday, October 25th, celebrating former Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan, and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver — members of the 2016 class in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame!
The plaques were unveiled as the 2017 Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame class was announced.
Ryan and Driver were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame’s 65th Anniversary Class — joining 135 of the state’s greatest athletic icons — including Vince Lombardi, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Barry Alvarez, Al McGuire, Bud Selig, Junior Bridgeman, Willie Davis, Herb Kohl, Bart Starr, Ab Nicholas, Bob Harlan, Fred Miller, Alan Kulwicki, Robin Yount, Bonnie Blair and Bob Uecker.
They were inducted during a special event on April 30th at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena — the site of the first Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame induction event in 1951.
“When I started my career as a seventh round draft pick from Alcorn State, I never envisioned myself being in any hall of fame, let alone one that is filled with great names like Hank Aaron and Vince Lombardi,” Driver said of his induction. “To join this special group of people that have meant so much to the state of Wisconsin is a dream come true. I can’t wait to celebrate with the fans on April 30th.”
“I’ve been living and coaching in the state of Wisconsin for nearly 40 years and I’m proud to call this home,” Ryan said of his induction. “I’ve followed all of our state’s teams very closely over the years and come to admire the passion and success we’ve all shared. With the names and accomplishments of the people in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, it’s truly an honor to be associated with the legends or our state who have been so impactful in sports.
The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame, located on 4th Street in Milwaukee’s downtown sports and entertainment district, contains bronze plaques commemorating the 135 members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Walk of Fame is free and open to the public 365 days a year.