I want to first thank all the fans for coming out today. I know a lot of you waited in line in the cold to get your tickets and you waited this morning, so give yourselves a round of applause.
It's always a little bittersweet when a great player's career ends like Donald's. But this is just special day. It's a great day for the Packers, great day for Donald and it's also a great time to celebrate not only Donald's retirement and the great career that he had, but as (emcee) Larry (McCarren) mentioned, he is truly not only a special player, but more importantly a special person.
First, Donald, I want to thank you for all you've done for the organization and for the Green Bay community during your career. I would also be remiss if I didn't give special thanks to Betina. I know being the wife of a professional football player is challenging, but you are very, very important part of the great success that Donald has enjoyed.
I think it's really fitting that we're' having this retirement ceremony in a public forum in front of fans. During my time here in Green Bay, I really haven't seen a player that has a had a better connection, more of a special connection with the fans than Donald, and it's really fitting that we're here. This is the first time in Packers history that we've had a public retirement with one of our players in front of the fans.
It's very apparent, and obviously you're showing it today that our fans just love Donald. I've talked to a number of you over the years and what is it about Donald that you love so much. I think it's a couple things. Number one, it's one of the greatest stories, certainly in Packers history but really across the NFL when you look at the humble beginning that Donald came from, to overcome all kinds of adversity early in his life. He was a seventh-round draft pick out of Alcorn State, a I-AA school, and went onto great success and I think it just resonates well with people. And he's always stayed true to his roots, as well. I think the other thing that stands out about Donald is his love of the game. Just watching him play and the passion he had really set him apart.
All of that, though, I think "Dancing with the Stars" put him over the top.
Larry and I were talking earlier during the last week of our annual Tailgate Tour, and I was getting questions about Len Goodman and whether he was biased, so I had to do a lot of research on your dance selections, but it was really something then to watch unfold.
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