Donald Driver’s retirement means the end of an era beyond the obvious.
Driver, a seventh-round pick in 1999, was the only player on the roster not acquired by Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson.
Thompson took the reins of the franchise in 2005. His first-round pick that season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is now the team’s elder statesman in terms of tenure in Green Bay. He’s the only player from Thompson’s Class of 2005 who remains on the roster.
Six players were acquired in 2006: A.J. Hawk and Greg Jennings in the draft, Jarrett Bush on waivers, and Ryan Pickett, Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson via free agency.
Four players were acquired in 2007: James Jones, Desmond Bishop and Mason Crosby in the draft and John Kuhn on waivers.
Four players were acquired in 2008: Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley and Josh Sitton through the draft and Brett Goode in free agency.
Five players were acquired in 2009: B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews, T.J. Lang and Brad Jones in the draft and Robert Francois in free agency.
Most of the team arrived in the last three years, with 14 players added in 2010, 10 players in 2011 and 24 players in 2012.
With Driver, who turns 38 on Saturday, and Jeff Saturday, 37, having retired in the last few days, only five players are age 30 and older: Charles Woodson, 36; Ryan Pickett, 33; and John Kuhn, Ryan Grant and Cedric Benson are 30.
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