Fans, players sad to see Driver go

CREATED Jan 31, 2013

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GREEN BAY - For those who know and love Donald Driver, it's hard not to imagine him on the field. Fans at the Packers Pro shop, buying his jersey, to cherish the memories of his moments on the team, and his fellow players are wishing him well

A player who spent his whole NFL career playing for the Green and Gold means so much to fans. Now it's time to say goodbye, and take pride in wearing jersey number 80.

Donald Driver holds a special place in fan Mandi Palczewsky's heart.

"Donald is my all time favorite Packer," said Palczewsky

He always has been.

"I've been a fan of his since I was born pretty much,"said Palczewsky.

But now, time to say good bye to his trademark smile.

"it's infectious...The whole town loves him" said Palczewsky.

Fan Adam Rush says Driver is not your average player.

"Someone to inspire to be like" said Rush.

Between his charity softball events, his children's books, and his down to earth attitude.

"It is special that we had someone like that as a packer for so many years" said Rush.

His teammates are tweeting their goodbyes.

Tom Crabtree tweets: @Donald_Driver80 Who else will i have deep philosophical discussions with before practice now?? Gonna miss you Drive! Definition of a pro!

And Desmond Bishop tweets: I pray I can have a fraction of the impact @Donald_Driver80 has had on Green Bay & the NFL..& commercials (lol) great player & man #retire80

And Aaron Rodgers tweets: Quote of the day from #80....."Someone is always going to be able to tell my kids that their dad was a great football player......

..but no one will be able to tell my kids that their dad was a great dad and a great husband, so I have to be able to show them that."

Thanks for the memories quickie, you will be missed #Packer4Life

For some fans, Driver is irreplaceable.

" I hope they retire his number. There is never going to be a better number 80" said Palczewsky.


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