“One, two more years, and then I'll put my cleats on the shelf and sit back in Dallas and relax,” he said.
One year, it is.
On Thursday, Driver announced that he will retire, and he will say goodbye next Wednesday at a public event/new conference at Lambeau Field.
“I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” Driver said in a statement released by the team. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”
Driver had a standout career in Green Bay, and the three-time Pro Bowler leaves as the team's all-time receiver with 743 receptions to go with a franchise-high 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns. He also helped the Packers to the Super Bowl XLV championship (not to mention a “Dancing With the Stars" title!).
“It's been a great pleasure getting to know Donald over these years,” legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr said in the team statement. “His contribution to the history of the Green Bay Packers has been extraordinary. I am honored to congratulate him on all of his achievements on and off the field.”
The move certainly isn't a surprise. As ESPN points out, Driver played only 14 snaps in the final six Green Bay games of the season, and he caught just eight passes for 77 yards overall in 2012. But Driver is a legend in Green Bay, and in this day and age, it's amazing he spent his entire career in one place.
After 14 years in the NFL, I have decided to retire. It's been anamazing journey, thank you for all of your love and support! #Packer4Life— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) January 31, 2013