GREEN BAY - More than 1,500 fans crowded the Lambeau Field atrium for Donald Driver's retirement ceremony.
"This day is not just for me, this day is for you," said Driver.
Number 80 told fans how he felt about them standing out in the cold for tickets to share this moment.
"You all are crazy. But now you know why the Packers fans are so special," Driver said.
But he thanked those who gathered Wednesday for his farewell event for their support.
"I want to thank you for all the the love, the joy, the cheers," said Driver.
Before the event began, fans were already choking up about Driver's decision to move on from football.
"I'll be emotional. He's, he is, he's just a neat guy and I just want to see him," said Gary Wojtowski of Oshkosh.
"It's good that he's going out with his fans, we're happy to have him here," said Alyssa Uhen of Oshkosh.
Driver said 12 years ago, when he signed his first big contract with the Packers, he promised he'd never wear another uniform.
"Today, we make that official," announced Driver.
Packers fans say Driver's loyalty to the team and his decision to retire a Packer means the world to them.
"It's just awesome being a fan, and having a player be so into his fans and the community," said Katie Polczinski of Pulaski.
But that didn't make it any easier to say farewell to a player fans have grown to love and adore.
"He's just the greatest guy as ever, like a person, not just an athlete, but as a person," said Curtis Czapanskiy of Green Bay.
Driver gave a final goodbye from the stage, "I love you, take care and God Bless!"
He then reached out to fans with hugs and handshakes, cementing a place in their hearts for years to come.
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