Former Seahawk and Husky Standout Jermaine Kearse retires

  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.”

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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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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.


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.

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