GREEN BAY, Wis. — Donald Driver found a way to retire in style.
On Wednesday, the popular Green Bay Packers wide receiver celebrated his 14-year career during an event at Lambeau Field with family, friends, a handful of teammates and 1,500 fans who filled the atrium and lined balconies to get a glimpse of him.
"I told myself I wasn't going to cry today, so I'm going to hold the emotion back as much as possible. I love you all so much," said Driver, who retired after catching 743 passes for 10,137 yards after making the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of Alcorn State in 1999.
"It was a tough decision, but my family and I felt it was time for the next chapter in our life."
Driver finished his career as one of the most popular players in franchise history, alongside Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who was among those who appeared in a video tribute to Driver.
"When I walked in here in 1999, I felt like I could do anything if I believed that anything was possible," Driver said. "All the great guys who played before me, it was truly an honor to stand up there and play with those guys. I had the work ethic and I wasn't going to let it slip away. Look at me now, I'm the all-time Packers' receiver in history."