Sidney Rice’s injury-plagued run with the Seattle Seahawks came to an end today when the 27-year-old announced he’s retiring from the NFL.

Rice missed the final eight games of Seattle’s 2013 season after tearing his ACL.  He also missed seven games in 2011 due to injuries that included sore knees and two concussions.

It was clear Rice would fight an uphill battle to make the roster when training camp begins this Friday. Seattle released him last February in a cost-cutting move that freed up $7.3 million in salary cap space for 2014.  The Seahawks also drafted receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood to compete for limited jobs.

Seattle loses a tall target who ran crisp routes, especially on third down and red zone situations.

Originally selected by the Minnesota Vikings (44th overall), in the 2007 NFL draft,  Rice quickly became a Pro Bowl caliber receiver.  In 2009, he piled up a career high 83 receptions and 1, 312 yards.

He joined the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent in July , 2011, and started 31 of the 33 games played.  Clearly, the injuries had a major factor in his retirement decision as he shared on he team’s official website.

“I’ve hit the ground a number of times.  I have quite  few injuries.  It’s something I’ve always battled through and come back from.  But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me, and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road.”

Making the tough decision a bit easier for Sidney Rice was being part of a championship team.   “I take great pride in knowing I was one of the players signed to help build the foundation of the team that ultimately won the Superbowl.”

-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan

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