Green Bay Packers: Donald Driver Announces His Retirement

By Seth Carson
January 31, 2013 11:59 am
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Donald Driver Looking back at the Brett Favre era, no one can help but recall Brett Favre's favorite go-to target, Donald Driver.

Driver, the Packer's all-time receiving leader in yardage and receptions, decided to call it a career today. 

Driver retires with 743 receptions for 10,137 yards, 13.6 average, and 61 touchdowns.

Driver was a four-time Pro-Bowler making that distinguished roster in 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2010. 

On December 16, 2007 during a 33-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams, veteran Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre broke Dan Marino's all-time record mark of 61,361 career passing yards.

The new record came on a seven-yard completion to Driver. In the NFC Championship game on January 20, 2008 against the New York Giants, Driver had the longest play in the playoffs of the Packers' franchise history with a 90-yard TD catch from Favre.

On October 18, 2009, Donald Driver became the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver in catches with 596. He went on to catch six more balls for 107 yards in a 26-0 home victory over the Detroit Lions.

On September 8, 2011, Driver caught four balls for 41 yards in the opening game against the New Orleans Saints and was only one yard short of becoming the Packers' all-time leader in receiving yards.

Driver finally broke the Packers' all-time receiving yardage record on September 18, 2011 against the Carolina Panthers after he caught a 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers, surpassing James Lofton.

Donald Driver is certainly destined to enter the halls of Canton in five years. While none of his career marks broke into the top 10 of all time, they did help the Packers become a dominant force in the NFL during the Brett Favre era. He also played an instrumental role in the development of current Packers' wide receiver Greg Jennings. 

In college (Alcorn State), He was a five-time "Athlete of the Year" in his conference for his track and football prowess. Driver was selected in the 7th round with the 213th pick in the 1999 Draft, yet another excellent example of a team finding a pure diamond in the rough, in the later rounds of the Draft.

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21 months ago
Brady may be getting older and has three years or so left but I really doubt that the Patriots will
Ever find another like Tom Brady. I doubt that there's many, if any at all who have set as many
Records or broken as many records as Tom Brady, regardless who they are. If you check deeply
Into the records you'll be amazed at what high hurdles he has left .Win, lose or draw he stands head
And shoulders above all.

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