After 14 seasons in the league, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has announced his retirement. He made the announcement early this morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. The decision was tough for Driver but after talking with his family he realized it was the right thing to do.
“Very difficult. It’s always difficult, especially, you know, when you feel you can still play the game,” Driver told Mike & Mike. “So you just kinda let it go and say, you know, there’s other things out there. It’s the next chapter of your career and I’m ready for it.
“My wife said something truly special to me … she didn’t want to go anywhere else. So that made it easy for me as well. Then my kids kinda made it point blank. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.”
This week it has been rumored that other teams were interested in Driver, including the Packers NFC North rivals the Minnesota Vikings. Driver said while he did not want to play for another team, he would consider and ask his family what they thought of it and what they wanted him to do.
Driver finishes his career playing all 14 seasons with the Packers and is the all-time leading receiver for the team with 743 catches for 10,137 yards and he is third all-time on the Packers touchdown reception list with 61. This season Driver only had eight catches, two of which were for touchdowns.
The Green Bay legend will have a ceremony at Lambeau Field on February 6th to commemorate his career and wish him well on his retirement. Tickets can be bought at the Packer ticket office on Friday morning.
Driver, who turns 38 on Saturday, is one of the most class acts the sports world will ever see and will forever remain a legend in Green Bay.
“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” said Driver. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
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