Donald Driver may retire as early as next week

Donald Driver, pictured here in the Green Bay Packers’ 1929 throwback blues, may announce his retirement as soon as next week, according to sources close to the 14-year veteran. Driver is the all-time leading receiver in Packers history.
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In the past hour, the Green Bay Press Gazette has reported that according to sources close to Donald Driver, the 14-year Green Bay Packers wide receiver, may announce his retirement as early as next week.

Driver, of course, has played his entire career in Green Bay and has endeared himself to the fan base and to the entire state of Wisconsin. Fans have flooded our Facebook page over the past month or so in response to various posts about him – 99 percent of those posts were supportive of Driver and filled with loving messages for the Packers all-time leading receiver.

This past season, Driver caught only eight passes, two of which went for touchdowns. However, his diminished role with the squad became even more obvious at the end of the season when Driver was inactive for three of the team’s final five games.

Driver would be 38 years old during next year’s NFL season and though the team hasn’t come out and said it, they will be moving on without him in the fold. Driver took a huge paycut to join the team this past fall and though he had a decent training camp, his diminished role became evident in the first game of the year when he spent most of his time on the sidelines watching the action.

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