What happens in Green Bay when you retire and stay retired? Good things. Just ask Donald Driver. The Packers all-time leading receiver announced his retirement in January, and on Saturday, the city of Green Bay honored Driver by naming a street after him and unveiling a statue in his honor.
"To have a statue that has my name on the back of it, it has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with you," Driver said to the many Packers fans in attendance (via Packers.com). "Because you all have put me on a pedestal that I would have never thought to be standing on."
The ceremony took place at Titletown Brewing Co. in downtown Green Bay where the Driver statue is now located. The statue was originally a generic "receiver" statue that was dedicated at the Packers Hall of Fame across from Lambeau Field in 1985.
The statue was moved to Titletown Brewing Co. in 2005, and on Saturday, the statue was unveiled with a new look: It had been painted with Driver's number.
Fittingly, the statue is located at the corner of Dousman Street and the newly named Donald Driver Way.
Driver spent his entire 14-year career in Green Bay after the Packers made him their seventh-round pick out of Alcorn State in the 1999 NFL Draft. He caught 743 passes for 10,137 yards, both franchise records. Driver also caught 61 touchdown passes, which ranks third in team history.
The three-time Pro Bowler played in a total of 15 postseason games in his career, including the Packers' Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers, where he caught two passes for 28 yards.
Here's a peek of what the statue looked like before it was unveiled Saturday (Photo courtesy of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau on Facebook).