Green Bay Packers News: Donald Driver Calls it a Career
While rumors about a possible career-extension with the division rival Minnesota Vikings were running wild, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver decided to clear the air. No, he wouldn’t be pulling a ‘Favre”. Instead, he’d be calling it a career.
Appearing on ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Thursday morning, Driver announced his official retirement after 14 seasons. Driver had previously expressed his desite to continue playing, but his desire to only wear the “green and gold” as an NFL receiver seemingly out-weighed his desire to prove he still has what it takes to be an impact receiver at the highest level.
With just eight receptions for 77 yards in 2012, the writing was more on the wall than ever for Driver, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season.
While Driver is now declaring his official retirement, it’s not impossible for him to reconsider and try to make a comeback with another team, ala Brett Favre with the Minnesota Vikings. Driver has claimed he doesn’t wish to go that route, however, making it likely that his retirement will stick.
Driver finishes his career with 743 receptions for 1,232 receiving yards and 61 touchdowns. He spent all 14 seasons of his NFL career in Green Bay, and won his only Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback during the 2010 season.
While his numbers aren’t good enough to ever have his named called for the NFL Hall of Fame, Driver will undoubtedly earn a spot in Green Bay’s personal Hall of Fame eventually. Per reports, the Packers are expected to hold a ceremony in honor of Driver on February 6th.