Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver announced on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” Thursday that he is retiring after 14 seasons.
“I’m going to officially put the cleats on the shelf. I’m going to walk away from the game,” the four-time Pro Bowler said.
Ever since the Packers were knocked out of the NFL playoffs by the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49ers a few weeks ago, Driver has been considering his options with Green Bay having no intention of bringing back the veteran wide receiver.
On Wednesday, the division rival Minnesota Vikings expressed interest in signing Driver. The 14-year veteran was set to become a free agent in March with the Vikings ready to lock him up for one or two seasons, but apparently Driver felt it was time to walk away and be one of the few players that has played with one team throughout his entire career in the NFL.
In 14 years in Green Bay, Driver racked up some impressive numbers while receiving passes from two of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history. Driver played with both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers during his time with the team and his stats reflect the talent at the quarterback position with 743 receptions, 10,137 receiving yards and 62 total touchdowns.
Driver will finish his career in the NFL sitting at 38th on the all-time list in receiving yards, tied for 37th with Andre Rison in receptions and tied with fellow Packer Antonio Freeman along with three other with 61 receiving touchdowns.
At this point in time, there’s no telling whether or not Driver will be inducted to the Hall of Famer. Solid numbers over the course of his career, but it remains to be seen whether or not those numbers merit induction at some point in the future.