Shocker! The Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver, Donald Driver, is leaning toward retirement, according to a report by USA Today.
The announcement could come as soon as next week.
Following a disappointing season in which he caught eight passes and was inactive for one of the team’s two playoff games, Driver is leaning toward retirement, according to a person informed of Driver’s thinking on the matter. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY on condition of anonymity because Driver hasn’t made a final decision, said an announcement could come as soon as next week.
Obviously, no surprise here.
A once great Packer, Driver slid all the way down to No. 6 on the receiver depth chart by the end of the 2012 season. It was one in which he caught just eight passes for 77 yards and was inactive for several games down the stretch, including the Packers first playoff game.
The writing is on the wall for Driver, who will turn 38 this month.
When it becomes official, Driver will finish his career with 743 receptions and 10,137 yards, both all-time team marks.
We can debate this later, but despite holding those marks, we’d argue that Driver is only the fourth-best receiver in team history behind Don Hutson, Sterling Sharpe and James Lofton.
Of course, that’s nothing to sneeze at. Two of those guys are in the Hall of Fame and the other one would be if his career hadn’t been cut short because of injury.