Donald Driver Announces Retirement

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I keep my promise to you. The loyalty you all have instilled in me and my family, I have to keep my loyalty to you and not play for another team and to retire in the green and gold.” He said Wednesday that he’ll be guest-hosting Katie Couric’s talk show and appearing on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition with Chris Powell,” among other off-the-field endeavors. [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Mike Roemer Donald Driver embraces some of the thousands of Green Bay fans who showed up to bid the longtime Packers receiver farewell Wednesday. Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday was “Donald Driver Day” in the state of Wisconsin, and Mayor Jim Schmitt announced that a downtown Green Bay street will be renamed “Donald Driver Way.” In addition, the statue, “The Receiver,” will be repainted to represent Driver, replacing the generic player wearing No. 88 it now depicts. “I was the same guy who walked in 1999 and I’m the same guy who walks out in 2013,” Driver said.

“He’ll go down as one of the most popular players in Packers history.” Former Houston Oilers tailback turned scout Alonzo Highsmith convinced then Packers general manager Ron Wolf to take a chance on the Olympic-caliber high jumper/receiver with the 213th overall pick in 1999. “What Hines Ward is to the Steelers, Donald is to the Packers, their elder statesman,” CBS analyst Rich Gannon said. “I love the way Donald plays. “Donald and Hines are laughing, smiling, having fun playing. They’re pains in the backside for safeties and corners because they block.” Driver has 698 career receptions for 9,615 yards with 53 touchdowns, including 51 receptions, 565 yards and four touchdowns this season. The 2002 Walter Payton Man of the Year helps the homeless in Houston, Wisconsin and he dedicates college scholarships elsewhere through his foundation. “Donald is just will driven,” Marvin Driver said.

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Former Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver holds his daughter Charity during his February retirement press conference. (Photo: Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media)

This is truly an honor. Composing himself, as he did at his retirement ceremony in February, Driver gave special thanks to former Packers GM Ron Wolf, who drafted him in the seventh round in 1999. This time, Wolf was in attendance and was able to stand and wave to the crowd, at which point Driver announced that when hes inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame a certainty as soon as hes eligible Wolf would introduce him at the induction ceremony. In 1999, I remember Ron pulling me up to his office and he said, Hey, kid, I have everything riding on you, Driver said. And I told Ron, If you give me an opportunity, I will never let you down. The only disappointment for the fans was that Driver couldnt stay longer, as he was off to another dedication at the local childrens museum. His annual charity softball game was coming up Sunday as well. Either the community cant get enough of Driver, or Driver cant get enough of the community.

Donald Driver shone on field and off

Weycker thanked Chris Handler, who painted the statue with the help of others. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt praised Driver for his charitable works and called Driver one of the best community-minded people he’s met. “At one event a couple of years ago, I said to him, ‘If you ever retire, I’m going to name a street after you.’ And here we are,” Schmitt said. Terri Refsguard, executive director of The New Community Shelter, expressed her gratitude for Driver’s generosity. “The man’s heart is as sincere and as warm as his great smile,” she said. The New Community Shelter is a nonprofit organization that strives to help the homeless and the hungry in the community, an organization Driver has supported. Packers players Jonathan Amosa, Johnathan Franklin and Angelo Pease attended the event in support of Driver and signed autographs for fans.

Donald Driver thanks fans for street and statue

Donald Driver Way

But Driver never publicly complained about his lack of playing time or criticized the coaching staff or organization. Come to think of it, has he ever put his foot in his mouth? “You look at this season, Donald could have made things difficult for the organization, and he took the high road,” Ellerson said. “That’s from his upbringing. He wasn’t raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, and I think he understands how far he’s come. A lot of that stuff is just character.” What’s next? Driver, who turned 38 on Saturday, almost certainly will capitalize on his popularity in his post-football career.

Donald Driver honored with street name in Green Bay

At the end of the day its easy for everyone else to walk from their job and say Hey Im putting my two week notice in and Ive found a better job. In the NFL we cant do it. Weve got to stay with one team until the team says we dont want you anymore. Maybe thats what happened. Greg felt like he wanted to be in Green Bay but Green Bay felt like they wanted to move on so he went to the rivalry. I dont think anyone likes when you go to a rivalry, but at the end of the day Greg Jennings will always be a Green Bay Packer. Hes going to retire as a Green Bay Packer. He has a Super Bowl ring that has a big G on it.

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Last year, he was invited to Pittsburgh and Oakland rookie camps on a tryout basis but was not signed by either team and spent the entire 2012 season trying to stay in shape and attending various regional scouting combines. Jacksonville signed him a week before the ’13 draft and he took part in off-season workouts there. But less than a week before camp started, he was released. The Packers signed him three days later, on July 28. “He did some good things the other night,” safeties coach Darren Perry said. “Productive, instinctive, can run.

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it took 10 weeks to get it, but we got it,” Driver boasted. Right on cue, “GMA” played a congratulatory video message Goodman had taped for Driver. Well done, congratulations. Donald, I salute you!” the usually-ornery judge said. Driver defeated opera singer Kristine Jenkins and Cuban-American actor William Levy for the top spot. Levys son cried for an hour when he lost, but created a memorable video for his dad, in which he told him, “Daddy, you’re my winner, you’re my number one.” TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. Related on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Mon., May 21: “House” “House” (8 p.m.


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