Former UW and Seahawks standout Jermaine Kearse announced his retirement through his Instagram account Tuesday morning. The consequential local kid makes good said he was leaving the game extremely grateful and content.”
Kearse’s illustrious career started at Tacoma Lakewood High School, continued at the University of Washington, and ascended to the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and finished with the Detroit Lions. For Kearse, nothing ever came easy and everything was earned. After his collegiate career, Kearse signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012
The first two years with the Hawks Kearse saw limited time starting in just six games in two year period. Kearse’s next three years left a historic imprint on the franchise. In those three years, Kearse missed just three regular-season starts. His back to back 35-yard receptions in consecutive NFC West Championship games propelled the Seahawks to their Superbowl appearance under Pete Carroll. Kearse caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson in the third quarter of the Seahawks’ 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48. In his five-season with the Seahawks Kearse caught a total of 153 passes for 2,109 yards and 11 touchdowns.
After five seasons with the Seahawks, he was traded to the New York Jets in 2017 for defensive tackle Shelton Richardson and a second-round draft pick. After a down year in 2018, Kearse signed with the Detroit Lions in 2019 reuniting him with former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
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Kearse suffered a broken leg in the Lions preseason game against the Patriots and was placed on the injured reserve list which ended his season. In Seahawks fan’s minds, Kearse remains a hometown hero who can always come home again.