Sidney Rice Retires From NFL at 27
The Seattle Seahawks lost some talent on offense on Wednesday, as veteran wide receiver Sidney Rice officially retired from the league. At just 27 years old, Rice was still technically in the prime of his career, but cited numerous concussions for his decision to call it a career.
While Rice is still quite young for an NFL player, he’s actually been in the league for seven years and has sustained multiple injuries, including his numerous concussions. In fact, the Seattle receiver was coming off of a season where he missed eight games thanks to an ACL tear. Rice had previously been cut by the Seahawks and re-signed at a discount price. Concussions proved to be too daunting for Rice to have the desire to continue his playing career.
Rice looked like a true star in the league back in 2008, when he burst onto the scene with an aged but highly effective Brett Favre leading the way for the Minnesota Vikings. Rice posted career highs across the board that year, as he hauled in 83 receptions for 1,312 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. In four seasons after that huge year, Rice wouldn’t come close to those type of numbers, despite signing a huge, lucrative deal with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011.
Rice struggled to stay healthy ever since departing from Minnesota, as he missed seven games in his first season in Seattle and eight games in his final season with them in 2013. Rice did turn in one successful season with the ‘Hawks in 2012, though, where he played all 16 games for just the second time in his career and racked up 50 catches for 748 receiving yards and seven scores.
While Rice wasn’t as hugely involved in Seattle’s run-based offense as he was in Minnesota, he was still effective when called upon and would have been a quality receiver to bolster Seattle’s depth. Instead, Rice’s retirement opens the door for either Jermaine Kearse or rookie Paul Richardson to step up into a more prominent role, while Doug Baldwin should lineup as the true number two receiver opposite of Percy Harvin.
Rice retires with a solid seven years in the league, as well as a considerably amount of team success. He reached the NFC title game with the Vikings back in 2008, and gets to retire a Super Bowl champion after the Seahawks won it all a year ago.
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