The Seattle Seahawks announced wide receiver Sidney Rice is retiring due to his history of concussions.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) July 23, 2014
Rice has dealt with a fair share of injuries during his seven year NFL career. Along with concussions, he has suffered from a torn ACL that ended his season last year. In total he missed eight regular season games and the post season. He also suffered a hip injury in 2009.
The Seahawks released Rice at the end of last season and after testing free agency, the 27-year-old re-signed with the Seahawks for a one year contract. The contract would have given him a base salary of $1 million this year.
In an interview with Seahawks.com writer Clare Farnsworth, Rice said, “I was just thinking about things I’ve been through in the last few years. I’ve hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It’s something I’ve always battled through and came back from. 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.”
Rice has a valid point. Former NFL players who have suffered from concussions have discussed how life on the field has affected them. Several players admit to having suicidal thoughts and dementia.
The Seahawks will miss Rice. He mentored Seattle wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Rice was also teammates with Percy Harvin in Minnesota.
Took me under his wing and become more than just a teammate and friend, he truly became my brother. Best of wishes to my bro @Sidneyrice
— Jermaine Kearse (@chopchop_15) July 23, 2014
@sidneyrice always will be a friend and has been a fantastic teammate! Wish you the best
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 23, 2014
Rice is set for life after football. He invested in WingStop and is expected to open five locations in Washington. Additionally, he plans on establishing healthy alternatives choices in school vending machines around his hometown in South Carolina.