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Packers WR Donald Driver to Retire After 14 NFL Seasons

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Packers WR Donald Driver to Retire After 14 NFL Seasons

The book is closing on one of the greatest individual chapters in the history of the Green Bay Packers.

Receiver Donald Driver, who holds team records in receptions and receiving yards, will officially retire from the NFL during a formal announcement next Wednesday at Lambeau Field, ending a 14-year run in Green Bay that included a Super Bowl win in 2011.

“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” said Driver, in a press release to Packers.com. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”

The announcement is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 11:00 a.m. CST in the Lambeau Field atrium, and fans are invited to attend. A small number of tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be free of charge.

Driver will be joined by president and CEO Mark Murphy, general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy.

An unknown and lightly-regarded seventh-round pick (213th overall) of the Packers in 1999, Driver went on to set franchise marks in receptions (743), receiving yards (10,137), 1,000-yard seasons (seven), consecutive games with a reception (133), receptions at Lambeau Field (363) and receiving yards at Lambeau Field (5,000).

Only Brett Favre played more games for the Packers than Driver's 205, and his 61 touchdown receptions will finish third in team history.

Driver won his one and only Super Bowl ring in 2011, when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Driver was a part of six NFC North division-winning teams and made three Pro Bowls in 14 seasons.

Off the field, Driver was just as productive.

Driver and his wife created the Donald Driver Foundation, which serves and assists sick children both in Wisconsin and across the nation. He made numerous other charitable appearances, marketed products across the state and won the reality television show Dancing with the Stars in 2012.

"It’s been a great pleasure getting to know Donald over these years," Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr said. "His contribution to the history of the Green Bay Packers has been extraordinary. I am honored to congratulate him on all of his achievements on and off the field.”

Driver, who turns 38 on Saturday, told ESPN Radio Thursday morning that the decision to finally hang up the cleats was a difficult one.

"It's always difficult, especially when you feel you can still play the game," Driver said. "There's other things out there. There's the next chapter of your career and I'm ready for it."

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Evan's picture

Hats off to a great player. I'm glad he chose to end it this way as opposed to toiling away for another season buried on the Vikings depth chart.

Beep's picture

True class act. So glad we don't have to see him in purple.

MarkinMadison's picture

There are two guys with the potential to be the Bart Starr of our generation, and DD is one of them. He gets it. He gets his place in the history of the team. His comments were pretty revealing - his family did not want to move. So I assume he's staying in Wisconsin full time. It will be fun seeing what he decides to do next.

Walty's picture

Who is the other? Leroy?

MarkinMadison's picture

I think a lot of Tauscher. Quality guy. No off field issues. Well liked. Wisconsin guy through and through. That said, he's pursing more of a broadcasting path. When I think of Bart Starr I think of all of his great community work over the years, and how he has been a great ambassador for the team and the game. Broadcasting may not be the best platform for that type of legacy. So even though I have a lot of respect for Tauscher, I think DD takes the mantle if he pursues his community work.

Nothing wrong with LeRoy. No knock on him at all. DD is just more engaging. And Tauscher is such a cheesehead it just puts him in a different category. Born, raised, UW, Packers. He never left.

jmac34's picture

Congratulations to Donald Driver for great career in GB

Idiot Fan's picture

Donald, I know you read CheeseheadTV every day, so I just want to tell you - as a football player and a human being, I love you.

Starry Barts's picture

DD is probably my personal favorite Packer ever. Love #80.

packcruiser's picture

Someone should get their facts straight. Brian is saying tickets will be sold, they are free to the event on Wed., first ccome first served tomorrow a.m. at Packer ticket office. I don't have a twitter account or I'd let him know.

June's picture

Donald "Designated" Driver can turn the world on with his smile.....(just like Leroy Butler). He has been an inspiration for the Packers, Green Bay, the state of Wisconsin and the NFL. I am certain that he still has great contributions to give to all of them. Love You #80 and will definitely miss your presence out on the playing field.

Derek's picture

DD has represented the Green Bay Packers in the best way I can think of. Talk about doing things the right way (cough, cough, #4).

And for being a 7th rounder from Alcorn State, wow did he overachieve, great career DD!!!!

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Great player, great person. Not enough DD's out there, I'd take 53 of them. Best of luck to #80. Maybe NFLN will hire him and fire one of the many bums they currently employ... Ahhh.... Errr... Heath Evans...

GBP 4 LIFE

Mojo's picture

If DD holds to his word, he ensures his place among one of the most popular players in Packer history. He certainly helped the organization out by retiring instead of forcing the Packers hand. For that alone, the elevated esteem I hold DD in, got even higher.

Kevin VG's picture

+1!!!!

madden07's picture

Brett Favre take note on how it's done

cow42's picture

completely different situations.
favre could still play.

kurtMc's picture

other organizations should look to DD as a model team player.

Will miss him. A family fav.

Any chance he returns as a position coach?

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