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Driver talks retirement with ESPN's Mike and Mike

Jan. 31, 2013
 

After 14 NFL seasons, Donald Driver is walking away.

The Green Bay Packers announced that the 37-year-old wide receiver will take part in a formal news conference next Wednesday at Lambeau Field at 11 a.m. in a ceremony that will be open to the general public. Tickets will be free, but distribution will be limited.

Prior to the announcement Thursday morning, the four-time Pro Bowler spoke to ESPNís Mike and Mike about his decision, which he reportedly was leaning toward last week, according to a report from USA Today.

"I'm going to officially put the cleats on the shelf. I'm going to walk away from the game," Driver said on the Thursday morning broadcast.

"All 14 years. Every day. That's a special place to walk out of, and that's something I'll never forget."

A seventh-round pick out of Alcorn State in 1999, Driver finished his career as the all-time leading receiver with 10,137 yards and 743 touchdowns. He surpassed Sterling Sharpe in receptions in 2009 and James Lofton for receiving yards in 2011.

During his career, Driver had seven 1,000-yard campaigns with his sixth consecutive in 2009. Both marks stand as franchise records. He also holds the Lambeau Field record for receptions (363) and receiving yards (5,000).

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