Green Bay wide receiver Donald Driver announced his retirement Thursday, with a public ceremony planned for Feb. 6 at the Lambeau Field Atrium.

"I've always said I never want to wear another uniform. I've always said that I owe it to the fans to retire as a Packer," he said.

Driver finishes his 14-year NFL career as Green Bay's all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards) and catches (743). A four-time Pro Bowler, he was part of the team that won the Super Bowl after the 2010 season.

Teammate Aaron Rodgers tweeted, "Thanks for the memories quickie, you will be missed (hash)Packer4Life."

Quickie is Driver's childhood nickname.

Drafted by Green Bay in the seventh round in 1999, Driver has a book coming out in September. The "Dancing with the Stars" champion is also exploring broadcasting possibilities.

Seahawks: Linebacker Leroy Hill made his first King County District Court appearance since he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend. He is being held on $150,000 bail and has a second court appearance Friday on felony charges. According to a probable cause statement, Hill's girlfriend told police she was assaulted numerous times for more than five hours Tuesday. The woman told police she was struck 15 to 20 times by Hill, including being hit with a bottle of alcohol in the legs and torso.

Etc.: Three black former head coaches -- Tony Dungy, Herm Edwards and Jim Caldwell -- say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions were all filled by white candidates after the regular season.

  • Bill Romanowski, a current NFL analyst and former 49ers and Raiders linebacker, signed on as a minority owner of NASCAR team Swan Racing, and his health supplement company will sponsor the No. 30 Toyota this season. Nutrition53 will be the primary sponsor for 10 races this year and will be an associate sponsor on the car driven by David Stremme in the remaining 26 events.

  • Former 49ers defensive back William James was sentenced to seven months in prison for failing to file a federal income tax return for 2005, when he played for the New York Giants. James, formerly William J. Peterson, had already spent four months in a federal detention center so he'll only need to serve three more months for failing to pay taxes on $5.5 million in income, a judge said in Camden, N.J. The judge also ordered him to file back returns and pay back taxes and penalties totaling $470,000.

  • Investigators have confiscated more than $13.6 million worth of phony sports merchandise over the past five months and expect to seize more in New Orleans during Super Bowl week, a federal law-enforcement official said.