Donald Driver Retirement: Packers WR To Retire From NFL In February [Video]
All-time Green Bay receiving leader Donald Driver has decided to retire from the NFL after a 14-year career with the Packers.
Driver, who turns 38 in two days, confirmed the news of his retirement Thursday morning morning via a press release. NFL.com reports the Packers will hold an official ceremony on February 6 at Lambeau Field.
“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” said Driver in the press release. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
Drafted by the Packers in the seventh-round of the 1999 NFL draft, Driver spent three seasons in a reserve role before developing into one of the top receivers in the league.
Over the course of his 14-years in a Packers uniform, the four-time Pro-Bowler had seven 1,000-yard seasons, played in 205 games (second in team history behind only Brett Favre), and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2011.
He finished his career with 743 catches for 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns.
ESPN notes Driver is one of only 18 wide receivers in NFL history with 700-plus career catches and 10,000 or more receiving yards in 200 games.
Driver played in 13 games this season, catching eight passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
Speaking on his post-football plans, Driver said he is eager to spend more time with his wife, Bettina, and their three children.
“Someone is always going to be able to tell my kids that their dad was a great football player,” Driver told ESPN Radio. “But no one will be able to tell my kids that their dad was a great dad and a great husband, so I have to be able to show them that.”
Donald Driver announces his retirement plans in the video below: