Local Packers fans brave cold for Driver’s retirement

CREATED Feb 1, 2013

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GREEN BAY – "Donald Driver mania" reigned at Lambeau Field Friday, despite a deep, January freeze.

On the coldest of mornings, the chance to see Drivers's retirement announcement on Feb. 6 kept hundreds of packers fans warm as they waited in line for tickets.

Katie Carter and Alissa Cornelius, of West Allis, drove all the way to Green Bay for tickets. They waited in line for hours. In just minutes, more than 1,000 tickets were gone.

"I have two disabled sons who really want to come on Wednesday, so I'm really praying we get tickets for them," Carter said while waiting in line.

Carter's trip paid off. Her family now has eight seats saved for the big event. Katie's sons are thrilled!

"We heard about the retirement. The boys were looking at me like, 'Can we get tickets? Can we get tickets?' and they’re free, so I had to!" she said.

With a Packers star now leaving, a ‘Double D’ household doesn't know what to do. Still, after years of getting to know ‘#80,’ Carter says spending a few hours in the cold is the least she could do.

"We watched his family grow. We've watched his career grow, and he's put so much back in the communities where he's at,” Carter explained.