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Donald Driver Announces Retirement from NFL to Conclude 14-Year Career

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2013

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has announced his intention to retire from the NFL after 14 seasons. He made his decision public knowledge on Twitter early Thursday morning. 

Driver, who is 37 years old and spent his entire career with the Packers, will leave the game with 743 receptions, 10,137 yards and 61 touchdown receptions. He also had seven 1,000-yard seasons, including six straight from 2004 to '09.  

According to Mike Spofford of Packers.com, Driver will make his retirement official in a ceremony at Lambeau Field on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The Green Bay Packers' official website also carved out a special tribute page dedicated to the career of Driver.

One of the great success stories of the last 15 years, Driver was a seventh-round pick (No. 213 overall) in the 1999 NFL draft. After playing sparingly in his first three seasons, his breakthrough season came in 2002 when he had 70 receptions, 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns. 

The 2012 season is not one that Driver wants to remember. He played in just 13 games, with eight receptions, 77 yards and two touchdowns. 

There was a great moment at the end of the Packers' divisional-round loss against the San Francisco 49ers where Driver, Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers all shared a hug on the sidelines knowing that it was probably the last time they would be together as teammates. 

Driver will retire as the Packers' all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and most 1,000-yard seasons. 

In addition to his success on the football field, Driver became a celebrity of sorts thanks to his appearance on the ABC show Dancing with the Stars in February 2012. He went on to win the competition, joining Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward as NFL players to emerge victorious. 

Certainly, Driver's longevity and incredible success with the Packers earned him a spot in the hearts of the fans and organization forever.

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