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Donald Driver announces his retirement

Published On: Jan 31 2013 07:21:18 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2013 07:34:24 AM CST

GREEN BAY, Wis. -

The Donald Driver era has ended in Green Bay.

The longtime wide receiver announced on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike show this morning he is retiring after 14 years with the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers also made the announcement early Thursday. In a statement, Driver says he's always enjoyed a "special bond" with Packers fans, and "can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization." Driver will officially retire Feb. 6 at the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards) and catches (743), and is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions. He had seven 1,000-yard seasons, also a Packers record for a receiver.

He turns 38 on Saturday.

Driver came back to the Packers in 2012, even though the team didn't promise him a job. Driver had eight catches for 77 yards in 2012, which were much lower totals than he normally had.

The Green Bay Packers web site said there will be an official retirement ceremony slated for next Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

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