Donald Driver rewrote the Green Bay Packers record books and on Wednesday morning, the wildly popular wide receiver might have rewritten the book on how a player should call it a career.
Officially retiring after 14 seasons – all with the Packers, something that was extremely important to him – the franchise’s all-time leading receiver celebrated his career during an unprecedented event inside the Lambeau Field atrium.
On hand were 1,500 fans, his family, coach Mike McCarthy, general manager Ted Thompson, team president/CEO Mark Murphy, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and a handful of teammates.
Schmitt announced that a downtown Green Bay street will be renamed for Driver.
“I told myself I wasn’t going to cry today so I’m going to hold the emotion back as much as possible. I love you all so much,” said Driver, who retires after catching 743 passes for 10,137 yards after making the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of Alcorn State in 1999.
“It was a tough decision, but my family and I felt it was time for the next chapter in our life.”
SAINTS: Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham says he expects to remain with the Bulldogs but won’t address reports that he’s up for the same job with New Orleans.
Grantham and former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan are reportedly in the running to replace Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired in January after the Saints gave up more yards (7,042) than any team in NFL history.
GIANTS: New York continued its roster purge after missing the playoffs, cutting halfback Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.
The release of the two starters came one day after New York let starting weakside linebacker Michael Boley go after four seasons.
The three players are veterans who contributed to the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots a year ago.