Green Bay Packers: A Final Look at Donald Driver's Career

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 31, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 23: Donald Driver #90 of the Green Bay Packers on the sidelines against theTennessee Titans at Lambeau Field on December 23, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
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Donald Driver may have taken his final snaps with the Green Bay Packers, but he will always be remembered as a member of the green and gold.

According to ESPN, Driver announced on Thursday morning that he is retiring from the NFL after 14 seasons with the Packers.  Instead of depressing fans with this sad but expected news, it would seem more appropriate to take a look at the successful career of the great wide receiver.

Driver was drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL draft by the Packers.  Along with being a great football player at Alcorn State University, he was also a big-time track star.  Luckily for Packers fans, he stuck with football.

His career didn't take off until 2002, when he had his first season of over 1,000 receiving yards.  Driver began to develop a good connection with Brett Favre, and became one of the more consistent options for him for the next few years.

Between 2004 and 2009, Driver failed to have fewer than 1,000 receiving yards in a season.  His best season was in 2006, catching 92 balls for 1,295 yards and eight touchdowns.

Once Favre departed for the New York Jets, Driver became a good security blanket for the young Aaron Rodgers.  He had a great first couple of years, including an amazing Super Bowl run in 2010.  It was Driver's first and only Super Bowl win.

Lately, the Packers have been blessed with Driver becoming more of a mentor to the younger receivers.  He was a good teacher for Greg Jennings, but has also helped James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb in their development.  The Packers' receiving corps is now considered one of the deepest squads in the NFL.

Driver will retire as the greatest Packers wide receiver of all time.  He finished his career with a Super Bowl ring and four Pro Bowl appearances.  He is also the Packers' all-time leader in receiving yards with 10,137 and receptions with 743.

Off the field, Driver was recognized as the winner of Dancing with the Stars, joining the ranks of Emmitt Smith.  His final dance was very popular, and he even showed it off after scoring a touchdown last season.

All in all, Packers fans will never forget Driver.  His smile was something that seemed to be contagious on their sideline, and his performances were always exciting.  There is no doubt that Driver's jersey will be retired by the Packers in the years to come.