Sidney Rice announces retirement

By Ian Sacks,

After a roller coaster ride over the last year, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice decided to call it quits. The 27-year-old announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Rice played seven seasons in the NFL and cites his numerous injuries that sidelined him for 31 games as the major reason for hanging up his pads.

Rice told the Seahawks’ website: "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."

His latest injury came last October, when he tore his ACL, which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. As a result, he was unable to play during Seattle’s run to Super Bowl XLVIII. He was then released by the franchise following the championship but re-signed with the organization in April.

With the Seahawks, he racked up 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns on 97 catches over the span of three seasons and 33 games. Prior to joining Seattle, he suited up for the Minnesota Vikings for four seasons, according to USA Today.

"My favorite [moment] would have to be Thursday the 19th -- June 19 and getting the ring," Rice said. "That would have to be my favorite moment."

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