GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- 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.
Here's what he had to say to his fans via his Facebook page.
"After 14 years of playing football for the Green Bay Packers, I have decided to retire. I could never have made it this long without the love and support of the fans, which is why I want to share this moment with you all at an official retirement celebration in the Lambeau Field Atrium on February 6th."
Green Bay Packers news release:
DONALD DRIVER TO FORMALLY ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT AT FEB. 6 EVENT IN LAMBEAU FIELD ATRIUM
Fans invited to event; tickets available Friday morning in person at Packers ticket office
Donald Driver, the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver in receptions and yards and a member of the Super Bowl XLV championship team, will formally announce his retirement on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m., at a public event in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
"I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans," said Driver. "I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization."
In addition to Driver, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be in attendance. All three will speak about Driver, his career and his legacy.
Another member of the Packers family who isn't able to be in attendance, five-time NFL champion and Hall of Famer Bart Starr, offered his praise of Driver: "It's been a great pleasure getting to know Donald over these years. His contribution to the history of the Green Bay Packers has been extraordinary. I am honored to congratulate him on all of his achievements on and off the field."
Fans are invited to the announcement. A limited number of tickets, free of charge, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in person at the Packers' ticket office, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Distribution will be limited to four tickets per person.