GREEN BAY, Wis. - In a move that was widely anticipated Packers wide receiver Donald Driver announced his retirement after nearly a decade and a half of professional football.
Driver made the announcement on his Facebook page, writing "After 14 years of playing football for the Green Bay Packers, I have decided to retire. I could never have made it this long without the love and support of the fans, which is why I want to share this moment with you all at an official retirement celebration in the Lambeau Field Atrium on February 6th."
For many years Driver was the most dependable and productive target for quarterback Brett Favre, and helped current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ascend to the NFL's elite.
Age and injuries, however, seemed to take their toll during the 2012-2013 season. He was either declared inactive or played very little as the season wound down, and the Packers' deep and talented pool of receivers made it clear that Driver had no future playing in Green Bay.
Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards) and catches (743), and is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions. He had seven 1,000-yard seasons, also a Packers record for a receiver.
He also was active in the Green Bay community, contributing to many charitable causes.
In a text to Driver Packers offensive tackle T.J. Lang wrote "Donny It was a pleasure sharing the field with you for four years.. You are not only one of the best players I've ever been around but an even better person.. Thanks for being a tremendous friend and leader I am going to miss you man.. And I'm going to miss kicking your butt in backgammon too."
Driver turns 38 on Saturday.
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