GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- One of the most beloved members of the Green Bay Packers said farewell to his fans. Donald Driver made his retirement official Wednesday with a ceremony at Lambeau Field.
Driver announced his retirement in front of 1,000 fans who waited in sub-zero temperatures to snatch up tickets to Wednesday's event.
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said he's never seen a player have such a special connection with the fans. That connection was clear during the ceremony, with hardly a dry eye in the crowd as fans heard number 80 explain his decision to hang up the cleats.
"This day is not just for me. It's for you. 12 years ago, I signed my first big contract with the Green Bay Packers. And I promised you all that I would never wear another uniform. So today we make that official," Driver said.
Driver has given so much to his community and Green Bay is giving back to him. Mayor Jim Schmitt gave Driver a key to the city and announced the city is going to name a street Donald Driver Way. The street is the one just outside Titletown Brewery. Outside of the brewery there is a statue of a receiver on which they're going to put number 80.
In recognition of Driver's achievements, Governor Scott Walker also declared Wednesday "Donald Driver Day."
For more on Driver's retirement, tune in to WKOW this Saturday, February 9 at 5 p.m. for a special program "Inside the Huddle: Donald Driver Retirement Celebration."
GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- On Wednesday, Packer fans will head to Lambeau Field for Donald Driver's retirement event.
Driver announced his retirement last week, but wants to officially make the announcement in front of his fans.
The event will start at 11:00 a.m. at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Fans are invited to the event and tickets sold out very fast.
A limited number of free tickets were available on a first-come, first-serve basis. About 1000 tickets were sold out in about 20 minutes. Fans have been supportive of the announcement.
Twitter has blown up with fan reaction.
@SamPoeske says, "We will miss you. Packer for life."
@MatthewDux says "You're and always have been a class act. Packer nation will miss you."
Driver tweeted late Tuesday night saying, "Just landed in Green Bay. Wow! I'm going to miss it."
If you can't go to Driver's retirement celebration, but still want to be part of the action, Donald Driver80.com has you covered with a question and answer session. Driver is expected to answer your questions Wednesday afternoon. Questions can be submitted to Driver's official Facebook page or click here for more information.
27 News will have more about Driver's farewell event tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6 p.m.