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Packers fans wait hours in sub-zero weather for Donald Driver tickets

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Fans line up for free tickets to Donald Driver's official retirement event outside Lambeau Field on February 1, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Fans line up for free tickets to Donald Driver's official retirement event outside Lambeau Field on February 1, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Packers fans braved frigid cold temperatures overnight to get free tickets for Donald Driver's official retirement event Friday morning.

Cassie Schimek drove in from Wausau and was first in line.

"I arrived at 10 p.m. last night," said Schimek, who when asked why she would do that, replied,"It's worth it. He's just an extraordinary person on the field and off the field, things he does just amazes me and I just wanted to be here."

But it wasn't just Wisconsin Packers fans who showed up. Jeff and Amber Walker drove three-and-a-half hours from Iron River, Michigan, just to show their respects for number 80.

"He went from absolutely nothing, and living in a car to an all-star," said Jeff Walker. "He's pretty much the American dream."

It took about 15 minutes for the approximately 1,000 tickets to be given away, when the ticket office opened up at 9 a.m. About 100 people were turned away when they ran out.

Donald Driver's official retirement ceremony will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. inside the Lambeau Field Atrium. 

Fans attending the event should enter through the Miller Lite Gate. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

Featured speakers include Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and head coach Mike McCarthy.

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