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In what comes as a very surprising move on Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has announced that he will be retiring from the NFL, according to Pro Football Talk.

Rice is only 27 years old and would have been entering his eighth season and his fourth with Seattle. Last season, he only managed to play in eight games, having 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

Rice has dealt with injuries, mainly concussions. He missed the whole second half of last season, including the postseason, due to a torn ACL injury. He was cut by Seattle after the 2013 season, but then re-signed for a $1 million salary.

Rice is most known for his breakout year in 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings, where he had 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. However, he's never come close to those numbers or the same level of health since.

Best of luck to Rice on whatever he pursues next after his football career.


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