If there were any further evidence needed to demonstrate just how wildly popular Donald Driver is among Packers fans, the retirement ceremony held in honor of the franchise's all-time leading receiver was it.

Driver shouldn't be considered just another popular former Green Bay player. The excitement and emotion inside the Lambeau Field Atrium on Wednesday morning was the final bit of proof that Driver is the most beloved player to put on a Packers uniform since the Vince Lombardi era.

Over the past 40 or so years, many great players have worn the green and gold. None of them, though, has been as cherished in the hearts and minds of Packers fans as Driver.

Given the extensive 94-year history of the Green Bay franchise, there aren't many opportunities left to be the first to do something. However, no Packers player has ever ended his career like Driver did. Thousands of players have come and gone, but none of them has ever officially announced his retirement in a public setting as Driver did.

But it wasn't just the public setting that made Wednesday's ceremony unique. When Driver and the Packers decided to make tickets to the event free, a frenzy ensued. The morning tickets were distributed, fans waited outside in subzero temperatures to get the 1,000 available, snapping every last ticket up in 18 minutes. Some fans arrived seven hours in advance, wearing multiple layers of clothing and braving the cold just for the chance to be a part of the final goodbye to Driver.

Five days after the ticket distribution was completed and it was time for the actual event, the fanatical response had not lessened one bit. Inside the Lambeau Field Atrium, 1,500 people stood shoulder-to-shoulder behind a barricade as Driver gave his tearful speech.

"I love you all so much," Driver said.

Many fans shouted their love back, but they didn't have to. It was clearly a mutual feeling.