Ex-Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, Jermaine Kearse has just announced his retirement from the NFL after eight years. Kearse signed with the Seahawks in 2012 and made his NFL debut on Nov. 4. He ended up starting seven games as a rookie in Seattle and became a great addition to their offense. He was traded in 2018 to the NY Jets in exchange for DT Sheldon Richardson.

Kearse announced his retirement on Instagram Tuesday, explaining how much he loved and appreciated the sport of football as well as the NFL.

"Leaving the game feeling extremely grateful and content with what I was able to accomplish," he said. Growing up in Washington, Kearse said, " it was a complete honor to be able to play for this team and even bring home our first Super Bowl!"

Kearse was a productive receiver at Seattle, playing in 69 games and starting 51 of them. Throughout his career in the NFL, Kearse had 255 catches for 3,290 yards with 17 touchdowns. This includes his time with the NY Jets and the Detroit Lions.

If you read Jermaine Kearse's recent post on Instagram, you can see just how much the game of football meant to him and how important this game is to so many others. He also goes on to thank his wife and former coaches for how crucial they were to his success in making it to the NFL. He ends his message by thanking Seahawk fans in his hometown city of Seattle, Washington for their support and love.

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