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July 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is retiring

Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is retiring, the Seahawks confirmed. A ProFootballTalk.com report cited concussions as the reason for Rice’s retirement at age 27.

In a statement, Rice said, “After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League. I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans. 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 Super Bowl. I’ll be joining the 12s in support of the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the challenge to repeat. I appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities and look forward to establishing myself as a businessman. I will always be a Seahawk!”

Rice missed the second half of last season with after having surgery for an ACL tear, and he was going to have a hard time making the Seahawks roster this season among a crowded receiving group.

Executive Vice President/General Manager John Schneider said in the statement: “The entire organization would like to thank Sidney for his leadership over the past three seasons. His time as a Seahawks player displayed the core values that Pete and I aimed to bring to the program, and Sidney is a true champion. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

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