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Packers' Driver talks publicly about retirement

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Donald Driver rewrote the Green Bay Packers record books and on Wednesday morning, the wildly popular wide receiver might've rewritten the book on how a player should call it a career.

Officially retiring after 14 seasons - all with the Packers, something that was extremely important to him - the franchise's all-time leading receiver celebrated his career during an unprecedented event inside the Lambeau Field atrium with 1,500 fans, his family, Packers coaches, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt and a handful of teammates.

Driver says it was a tough decision but he's ready for the next chapter in his life. He retires after catching 743 passes for 10,137 yards, making the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of Alcorn State in 1999.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver is expected to talk more about his reasons for retiring during an event at Lambeau Field.

The receiver announced his retirement Jan. 31 and the Packers distributed tickets to fans so they can hear the news directly from his mouth on Wednesday morning.

The team is expecting more than 1,500 fans in the atrium for the stand-room only event.

The team is reminding fans to enter through the Miller Lite gate. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Driver finishes his 14-year career as Green Bay's all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards) catches (743) and 1,000-yard seasons (seven).

A four-time Pro Bowler, he was Green Bay's MVP in 2002 and was part of the team that won the Super Bowl following the 2010 season.

We'll have a crew in Green Bay and will bring you the latest on our website and on later newscasts.

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STORY FROM 2/1/13
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Dozens of fans have been standing in line outside Lambeau Field for hours in frigid weather for a chance to celebrate Donald Driver's retirement next week.

Free tickets to Driver's retirement ceremony Feb. 6 are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Green Bay Packers' ticket office beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.

With temperatures in the single digits, about 200 people lined up outside Lambeau early Friday. Some fans have been in line since 10 p.m. Thursday.

One man, with ice in his beard and his drink frozen, said he hoped to score some tickets for his mother because she really wanted to attend the ceremony. The Packers say 1,000 tickets are available. Each fan can get up to four tickets.


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