Driver also didn't want to put the Packers in a tough spot, having watched them go through their messy divorce with Brett Favre.
"I just wanted to make it easy on the organization, not put any pressure on them," Driver said. "Just be able to walk away on my own terms and not have them say, 'We're not going to bring you back.'"
Instead, the Packers are hosting his retirement party next week. Driver's formal announcement will be made in the Lambeau Field Atrium, and there are a limited number of free tickets for fans available on a first-come, first-served basis.
"I'm happy with the decision I made," Driver said. "It will be a little tougher on Feb. 6. I'm going to get emotional. I'm trying not to get too emotional today, but Feb. 6 I know will be emotional."
While Driver may be retiring, there will still be plenty to keep him busy. He's got a book coming out in September, and will appear on "Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition." The "Dancing with the Stars" champion is also exploring possibilities in broadcasting, and would be open to a hybrid of sports and entertainment, similar to what former New York Giants linebacker Michael Strahan has done.
But no matter what he does, he'll always be part of the Packers.
"It means the world. Not too many guys get to play for one organization," Driver said. "What I feel like I've done on and off the field has truly been a blessing."
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