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Donald Driver has admitted he is open to a return for the Green Bay Packers, but has ruled out playing for any other NFL franchise. 

The XLV Super Bowl winner and four-times Pro Bowler, now 38, retired at the end of the 2012 season as the Packer's all-time leader for both receptions (743) and receiving yards (10,137).

Driver, who spent 14 years with Green Bay after becoming a seventh round draft pick back in 1999, has had to contend with the likes of Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson in his quest to land a wide receiver spot in recent times, a factor that helped restrict him to just one start last season.

In February the Packers hosted a public retirement ceremony for Driver - the first player ever to be honoured by such an event by the franchise. Last weekend, the city also unveiled a statue and a street name for their veteran star. 

Since his decision to quit the game, Driver's phone has apparently not stopped ringing, and he told reporters that he's fielded calls from several teams enquiring about a 2013 return. However, he also reiterated that only the Packers could tempt him to come back.

"I decided that I love one team," Driver said. "At the end of the day, if I get that itch, it would only be for the green and gold.

"If the Packers called me and said, 'Drive, come back to training camp,' I'd be back for training camp," he explained. "But until then, I'll be sitting at home and just watching football." 

At Sunday's Packers charity softball game, Driver also suggested he would be open to an in-season return: "I think the the thing for me is if the Packers call mid-season, I'd be in shape. I've been staying in shape."

Green Bay will likely want to get their young receivers through their paces in training camp. If Driver does return, it's more likely to be as the result of an injury crisis later in the season.  

 

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