GREEN BAY - Packers legend Donald Driver has decided to hang up his cleats after 14 seasons in Green Bay.
In a statement released by the Packers organization Thursday morning, Driver says “I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans. I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
Driver will formally announce his retirement in an event held at the Lambeau Field atrium next Wednesday, February 6th at 11:00AM. Tickets to the event, free of charge, will be made available to fans Friday morning at 9:00 at the Packers box office.
Driver turns 38 this Saturday. In an interview this morning, Driver called the decision to retire "difficult" because he feels he "can still play the game."
Perhaps no Packers player in the 21st century embodies the spirit of consistency and toughness more than Driver, who finishes as the franchise's all-time leader in receptions (743) and receiving yards (10,137), numbers few people expected when Driver was an afterthought seventh-round draft selection out of Alcorn State University in 1999.
Driver averaged nearly 20 yards per catch in college, and was also a decorated track athlete who captured the SWAC's "Athlete of the Year" award five times between the two sports.
Driver had spent the last two seasons buried on the Packers' depth chart, but in his prime, the Houston native topped 1,000 yards seven times in an eight year stretch. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times.
Driver's 596th reception in October 2009 set an all-time Packers career record. He broke the team's all-time receiving yardage record in September 2011 against Carolina, surpassing James Lofton.
In Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on February 6, 2011, Driver caught two passes for 28 yards before sustaining an injury. He has spent the last two seasons as a mentor to young Packers receiving stars Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Driver has also written three children's books and was a winning contestant on the show "Dancing With The Stars".
Packers President Mark Murphy, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and General Manager Ted Thompson will attend Driver's retirement ceremony next Wednesday at Lambeau Field.