Donald Driver announced his retirement on Thursday. Fittingly for one of the most popular players in Green Bay Packers history, he will make it official in front of the fans during a ceremony on Wednesday.
“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, who will turn 38 on Saturday, is the Packers’ career leader in receptions and receiving yards and ranks among the game’s elite in both categories. He’s tied with Andre Rison for 37th in NFL history with 743 receptions. That’s seven fewer than Hall of Famers Charlie Joiner and Michael Irvin. He’s 38th with 10,137 receiving yards, or 130 from passing Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for 35th.
Some of Donald Driver’s accomplishments, via the Packers’ end-of-season release:
— Has 10,137 career receiving yards, which ranks No. 1 on the franchise’s all-time list. Surpassed James Lofton (9,656) at Carolina in Week 2 of 2011.
— Surpassed Sterling Sharpe (595) in 2009 to become the franchise’s alltime leader in receptions. Driver now has 743 career catches.
— Had a reception in 133 consecutive games, besting the franchise’s previous long streak of Sharpe’s 103 (1988-94), before not catching a pass in Week 7 of 2011 against Minnesota.
— In 2010, had 50-plus receptions for the ninth time, extending his franchise record. Lofton and Sharpe each had seven seasons with 50-plus catches.
— Holds Lambeau Field records for receptions (363) and receiving yards (5,000).
— Topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark for a seventh overall season and sixth consecutive in 2009, extending his own team record in each category.
— Ranks No. 2 in team annals with 27 TD catches at Lambeau Field, trailing only WR Antonio Freeman (36) in the stadium’s history.
— Has 22 career 100-yard receiving games, which is No. 5 in team history.
— With 61 career TD receptions, ranks No. 3 in team history behind only Hutson (99) and Sharpe (65).
— Is tied for No. 5 in team history with Paul Hornung with 62 overall touchdowns. Is four shy of No. 4 Sharpe (66).
— Ranks No. 2 all-time in yards from scrimmage with 10,354, trailing only RB Ahman Green (11,048).
— Ranks No. 2 in team history for the most games played with 204, trailing only QB Brett Favre (255).