WR Driver Says He’ll Retire as a Packer

Longtime Packers WR Donald Driver says he’ll walk away from the game as a member of the Packers:

Donald Driver, who is on the doorstep of becoming the team’s most prolific receiver, is certain he will retire as a Packer.

Green Bay management rewarded Driver, the club’s longest-tenured current player, with a two-year contract extension through the 2012 season. Driver signed the deal after practice Aug. 6 with his wife, Betina, and their two children in attendance.

“When it’s all said and done, when I’m done playing, I’m going to be wearing green and gold,” Driver said.

Driver, a seventh-round draft pick by the Packers in 1999, enters this season with a team-record 647 receptions and needs only 607 receiving yards to eclipse Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton’s output of 9,656 for No. 1 in franchise lore.

Driver, 35, feels spry again after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both knees shortly after last season ended. He has been practicing since the start of training camp July 31 but was held out of the intrasquad scrimmage Saturday night.


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