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Driver announces retirement; formal ceremony to be held Wednesday

Jan 31, 2013 -- 7:11am
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Donald Driver, the Packers' all-time leading receiver, announced his retirement Thursday.

GREEN BAY – Donald Driver says he will end his career the way it began: As a member of the Green Bay Packers.

The man who went from a little-known seventh-round draft pick in 1999 to the franchise’s all-time leading receiver announced Thursday morning that he will retire. It will become official at a ceremony next Wednesday, in an 11 a.m. event at the Lambeau Field Atrium that will be open to fans.

 “I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans,” Driver said in a news release sent by the team. “I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization.”

Driver also made the announcement on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning on Thursday.

At next Wednesday’s event, Driver, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy, general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy will speak about Driver, his career and his legacy.

Fans are invited to the announcement. A limited number of tickets, free of charge, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in person at the Packers’ ticket office, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. Distribution will be limited to four tickets per person.

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