Donald Driver will not play for Vikings, plans to retire


Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver (80, far right) walks off the team bus before the NFC divisional round playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

So much for those rumors.

Donald Driver will retire from the NFL, the receiver announced Thursday morning.

Driver, who will turn 38, said he will make the official announcement in Green Bay on Feb. 6. Pressure from media likely drove Driver to announce his intentions early.

Initial reports last week by Mike Garafolo of USA Today said Driver was leaning toward retirement before a FOX 11 report surfaced a couple days ago about the Vikings’ potential interest in Driver.

Our very own Dan Zinski of the Viking Age doubted the legitimacy of the rumor of a potential Vikings’ interest immediately after reports surfaced.

"Goofy rumors frequently hit the net about this or that team being interested in this or that player."