Donald Driver Day

Fans gathered today to honor Donald Driver as he retires from the Green Bay Packers. For full coverage of Driver's retirement, visit our special section.

  • "We love him for the player he was, and we love him for the man he is," said Packers Radio Network color voice Larry McCarren, emceeing the event.

  • "I told myself I wasn't going to cry today," said a teary-eyed, but ever joyful Donald Driver as he said goodbye to his career as a record-breaking wide receiver with the Green Bay Packers, and his fans were there to thank him.

  • Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy laughs during remarks at Donald Driver Day.

  • The Governor, Scott Walker, declared today Donald Driver Day.

  • Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said the city would change a statue of a wide receiver in Downtown Green Bay into a statue of Driver while naming the street by the statue "Donald Driver Way."

  • Driver spoke to teammates, coaches, Packers officials and untold numbers of fans at the Atrium at Lambeau Field.

  • Driver discusses his fans, career during his retirement ceremony.

  • "There couldn't be anyone more proud to be a role model on or off the field than Donald Driver," said Walker.

  • Donald Driver and his wife during his retirement ceremony.

  • Then, to his wife, not just for directing him toward his next calling in life... "My wife made it clear the first thing in retirement is getting the squirrels out of our attic."

  • "The word special...that describes Donald," said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy before quipping, "In my humble opinion, he's the all-time leading Lambeau Leaper."

  • Donald Driver and his wife.

  • Driver directed comments towards his teammates, coaches and those in the Packers organization who believed in him and chose him in the 7th round of the 1999 draft.

  • "You're the backbone of our family...life without you in my life is nothing. I love you."

  • While describing Driver off the field, "To spend time with (Driver's) family..." McCarthy then teared up.

  • "He represents the very best of the Packers and has been a great ambassador for the organization," said Packers President Mark Murphy. "More meaningful was the impact he made off the field...one of the greatest stories in Packers history when you look at the humble beginnings Donald came from."

  • "To the fans. I want to thank you for the love, joy, the cheers, the ups, and though we didn't give you too many downs. This day is for you...I promised I would never wear another uniform. I keep my promise to you. I have to keep my loyalty to you and not play for another team."

  • He even recounted one of the darkest moments of his life, one that led to him taking the amazing road he has to help his family, and impact his team and community. "Laying in bed, 24 years ago w/my brother. I told my brother I would take our family out of the struggles." He fulfilled that promise, becoming the Packers' all-time leading receiver.

  • Fans gather to honor Donald Driver as he retires.

  • "A skinny wide receiver from Alcorn (State)...you could see the joy Donald had in playing," explained Ted Thompson, the Packers' general manager. "It doesn't really matter (your draft pick) when you have character, quality and confidence...he's been a great addition to the Green Bay Packers and we were lucky to have him."

  • Fans gather to honor Donald Driver as he retires.

  • Fans gather to honor Donald Driver as he retires.