Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver, to retire

Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver gives a thumbs up as he talks with Greg Jennings (85) at football training camp Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

January 31, 2013 8:41:10 AM PST
Donald Driver is retiring, with a formal announcement planned next week for the Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver.

The Packers made the announcement early Thursday. In a statement, Driver says he's always enjoyed a "special bond" with Packers fans, and "can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization." Driver will officially retire Feb. 6 at the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards) and catches (743), and is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions. He had seven 1,000-yard seasons, also a Packers record for a receiver.

He turns 38 on Saturday.