Ex-Seahawks Wideout Jermaine Kearse Retires from NFL

Jermaine Kearse (10) with the New York Jets in 2017. Photo by Gregory Vasil/Csm/Shutterstock (9072490q)

Veteran wideout Jermaine Kearse announced his retirement from professional football. Kearse, who played in NFL for eight seasons, revealed his decision on Tuesday via social media.

Kearse last played with Detroit Lions in 2019, making an appearance in the preseason opener. He broke his leg in that game and spent the regular season on the injured reserve.

“After eight years playing in the NFL, I’m leaving the game feeling extremely grateful and content with what I was able to accomplish out there on the field not only for myself but my family as well,” Kearse wrote on Instagram.

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It’s never really easy writing posts like this. I’m not a big announcement type of guy lol Trying to find all the right words to say to sum up my experiences over the past decade isn’t an easy feat so I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet. Lol After 8years playing in the NFL, I’m leaving the game feeling extremely grateful and content with what I was able to accomplish out there on the field not only for myself, but my family as well. Going through some extreme highs and some extreme lows has taught me a lot about myself and by the grace of God he was able to pull me through the rough times and in the end all those experiences were all worth it. I want to thank my wife @marisakearse for being the incredible woman that she is. Thank you for keeping me sane during the tough times and thank you for pushing me to be a better man. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to my family for your endless support and I love you guys so much! Thank you to all my teammates! You guys made this whole experience what it was. I had so much fun out there with you guys. I love y’all. Seattle, as a hometown kid it was a complete honor to represent you guys out there on the field. Thank you so much for your endless support throughout my football career. It was an honor to put on that Hawks uniform and I’m so grateful I was able to help bring our first Super Bowl home! Something We will never forget. I’m Looking forward to what God has planned for me in this next chapter of this thing called life but I can assure you it involves a lot of time with my family time and a lot of Golf haha see you on a course near you. THANK YOU and I love you all God Bless✌🏽

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Jermaine Kearse entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012, signing with Seattle Seahawks. Kearse spent five years in Seattle, during which he was the team’s starting wideout for most of the time while helping the franchise to a Super Bowl XLVIII win.

Kearse left Seattle in 2017, being traded to New York Jets as part of the deal that brought Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. He played 30 games for the Jets in the span of two years before leaving the franchise in free agency.

Overall, Kearse played 99 games in the league (74 starts) and has 255 receptions for 3,290 yards and 17 touchdowns to show for.