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Report: Donald Driver leaning toward retirement

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When the Packers season came to an end, wide receiver Donald Driver acknowledged that his time with the team might be at an end as well.

Driver played sparingly in the second half of the season, seeing action in five games and catching just two passes. He was also inactive for the team’s first playoff game, sending a pretty strong message that Driver was near the end of the line in Green Bay.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, that state of affairs is pushing Driver to call an end to his NFL career altogether. Garafolo reports that Driver is leaning toward retirement and that an announcement could come as soon as next week.

If Driver is retiring, he’ll leave with 743 career catches (tied for 37th all-time), 10,137 yards (38th all-time) and 61 receiving touchdowns. He has the most receptions and receiving yards in the history of the Packers and helped them win Super Bowl XLV.

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21 Responses to “Report: Donald Driver leaning toward retirement”
  1. justafanofitall says: Jan 24, 2013 9:30 AM

    Say it isn’t so….. You still have it and the Packers were nuts not to use you more. Give another team a chance to win with you.

  2. atthemurph says: Jan 24, 2013 9:36 AM

    DD was a very good player for a number of years. Great guy, great teammate and a Packer for life.

    But he is done. He was done last year but got one more season with almost no action even with the injuries that GB had at the WR position. The writing is on the wall but maybe Minnesota will want him?

  3. elliottcovert says: Jan 24, 2013 9:37 AM

    As a Viking fan, I never had any problem with Donald Driver. He was a great player and he always seemed like a class act (I just wished he was on my team!).

  4. andrewlucksneard says: Jan 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    TT has been pushing Donald out the door for the past 2 seasons…if Driver hadn’t won “Dancing with the Stars” he would have been forced to retire before the 2012-13 season. And when McCarthy didn’t put Driver on the field for the last meaningless drive in the playoff loss to SF he showed the new Packers lack of class…the game was lost…throw him a hitch pass and let him retire in a manner befitting his career in GB…but once the TT sycophants open their eyes they will see he won with Sherman’s guys and is losing with his picks…when he pays A-rod the biggest contract in football he will create a cap situation the team on the field cannot survive…as the Pack sinks to the middle of the power rankings and 2nd/3rd in the NFC North

  5. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:48 AM

    I would like to see him play a year or 2 in Miami with Philbin.

    Id like to see The Packers offer him something like what they were going to offer Favre. Similar to a spokesperson like roll.

  6. gbmickey says: Jan 24, 2013 10:17 AM

    Heres to one of the classiest guys to ever put on a NFL uniform. We will miss you DD!

  7. bigks77 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:26 AM

    I was embarrassed for him after that last couple of minutes left in playoff game! Way to send him out in style GB

  8. jhein23 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:37 AM

    How was TT winning with Mike Sherman’s guys? There were exactly 2 players from the Mike Sherman GM era starting for the Packers SB team 2 years ago – Clifton and Cullen Jenkins and even they are long gone now. Get a clue.

  9. ddjesus says: Jan 24, 2013 10:40 AM

    Won with Sherman’s guys? Are you KIDDING me?! When the Packers won the super bowl, TT had 6 drafts under his belt. I think the only Sherman guys left were Driver (actually I think he was a Wolf pick) and Clifton, and maybe Tauscher.

  10. jimmysee says: Jan 24, 2013 10:41 AM

    That 100 mega-watt smile will be missed.

  11. 4sacroc says: Jan 24, 2013 10:50 AM

    When you can no longer separate from nickel corners, well, there’s your sign …

  12. iverpuke says: Jan 24, 2013 10:52 AM

    You’re thinking like fans again… Meaningless drive or not, Mike McCarthy wasn’t thinking about Donald Driver’s final moments as a Packer when that game in San Francisco was drawing to a close. Those moments are for high school games. Lest we forget that the NFL is a cold, hard business and rarely recognizes those sentimental moments.

  13. shlort says: Jan 24, 2013 12:04 PM

    You know Donald has plenty of cash to call it a career. One of the best players to ever don the Green and Gold. Doubt he makes the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he’ll definately make the Packers Hall. On and off the field, and all around great guy.

  14. halohonk says: Jan 24, 2013 12:54 PM

    My Vikings could use all the receivers thay can get especially if Percy wont stay. I would love to see them go after Mike Vick. Can you imagine Run option with AP, Harvin, Rudolph. Vick can throw it great arm & he can run just needs to stay healthy. If they can pull that off betcha Percy stays and we got a great shot to win that division. Im either on to something or on something. I think Vick still has some good ball left in him. Just needs to stay healthy.

  15. matthewcarlson1 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:03 PM

    The vikes don’t want Driver or Vick. We’ll take Jennings though.

  16. axespray says: Jan 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    I think Nick Barnett/Cullen/Wells were the only “Sherman Guys” …

    Barnett was on IR and Cullen/Scott were drafted late – which means they were probably Reggie McKenzie Draft Picks since Sherman was probably taking a nap by then.

  17. meanmarlene says: Jan 24, 2013 3:50 PM

    Donald Driver is one of the best players with the NFL, And I wish him the best in what ever he decides to do. But one thing for sure is his big smile will be missed on the Green bay sidelines.

  18. ddjesus says: Jan 24, 2013 5:21 PM

    I intentionally left off Barnett because he was on IR, so he didn’t help win anything. I think Cullen was an UDFA.

  19. vikescry1 says: Jan 25, 2013 6:56 PM

    andrewlucksneard says:
    Jan 24, 2013 9:46 AM
    TT has been pushing Donald out the door for the past 2 seasons…if Driver hadn’t won “Dancing with the Stars” he would have been forced to retire before the 2012-13 season. And when McCarthy didn’t put Driver on the field for the last meaningless drive in the playoff loss to SF he showed the new Packers lack of class…the game was lost…throw him a hitch pass and let him retire in a manner befitting his career in GB…but once the TT sycophants open their eyes they will see he won with Sherman’s guys and is losing with his picks…when he pays A-rod the biggest contract in football he will create a cap situation the team on the field cannot survive…as the Pack sinks to the middle of the power rankings and 2nd/3rd in the NFC North

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————– don’t you have something better to do than to rip the packers? didn’t they show class by bringing him back for another opportunity to compete for playing time? i love dd but his time is most likely over with the pack. yes he could probably still play for another team and that will be his decision. i wish him the best with whatever he does. as for the packers winning the superbowl with shermans guy’s? do you even know a thing about football other than it’s played on sundays? please tell us how many of shermans guy’s won the superbowl for ted and packer nation? i counted 2? and one of them was injured most of the season, see offensive tackle…

  20. bobgb2000 says: Jan 26, 2013 4:12 AM

    DD, if your retiring, thank you for all you did for the packers and green bay….total class act……

  21. thejohnsmith1122 says: Jan 28, 2013 3:07 PM

    Driver always played with passion and determination, which shows with every catch he made. He’ll probably move back to Texas but he’s been such a great player and person of the Green Bay community.

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