Packersí WR Donald Driver to retire

1/31/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

When Donald Driver signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers last March, the veteran wide receiver already had retirement on his mind. After Donald Driver made the last postseason trip of his career with the team earlier this month, the Green Bay Packers announced on Friday that the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions and yards will be retiring as a life-time Packers player.
 
"I'm going to officially put the cleats on the shelf. I'm going to walk away from the game," said the four-time Pro Bowler Donald Driver.
 
Donald Driver is expected to officially announce his retirement in a ceremony/ press conference at Lambeau Field next Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers released in a statement.
 
“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” Donald Driver said in a statement released by the Green Bay Packers. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
 
The 38-year-old Donald Driver had a standout career in Green Bay, posting 743 receptions for 10,137 yards and 61 touchdown receptions, third most in the franchise. Donald Driver also had the most 1,000-yard seasons in the franchise (seven), including six consecutive 1,000 yard seasons from 2004-2009, while averaging 14 yards per reception during that period. Donald Driver also inked another franchise record by making at least one catch on 133 consecutive games from 2002 to 2010.
 
Totaling 14 seasons after being drafted out of Alcorn State in the seventh round by the Green Bay Packers during the 1990 drafts, Donald Driver played 205 games for the team. Donald Driver was also a member of the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl XLV championship squad.
 
"I'm going to open my retirement up to the fans ... give them everything they deserve," said Donald Driver.
 
Despite a remarkable career, Donald Driver had only eight receptions for 77-yards this season, his lowest numbers since rookie year. Donald Driver played only 14 snaps in the final six games Green Bay Packers’ games and remained inactive for four, including the NFC Wildcard round.
 
"It's always difficult, especially when you feel you can still play the game," Donald Driver said of his retirement. "There's other things out there. There's the next chapter of your career and I'm ready for it."
 
Donald Driver’s retirement ceremony is supposed to be open to fans. Green Bay Packers President/ CEO Mark Murphy, general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy are also expected to be present at the occasion. Each will offer their perspective on Donald Driver’s career and his legacy.
 
Though there are is no entrance fee for the event, the tickets are in limited numbers based on first-come, first-served policy. Fans will be able to collect their tickets at the Green Bay Packers’ ticket office, starting from 9 a.m. on Feb 1. Each fan can claim up to four tickets to Donald Driver’s retirement c ceremony.
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2/1/13   |   bsamps07   |   1 respect

As a long time Packer fan I personally hope that they retire his number, which they probably will do.  He has been one of the most beloved Packers ever.  I wrote a little about his not so well known road to the nfl in my blog at http://thebrian.sportsblog.com/post/6/the_story_behind_donald_driver.html