A lot of Seattle Seahawks fans were happy this offseason when the team was able to go out and re-sign wide receiver Sidney Rice. But now, that happiness will prove to be short-lived as the announcement has come through on Wednesday via Pro Football Talk that Rice has decided to hang up the cleats for good at just the age of 27.
Rice cited a history of concussions as his reasoning for leaving the game so early, and on twitter after the announcement, you could see the emotional reactions from the fans across the country.
— Broan (@HawksMs) July 23, 2014
— Farah and Farah (@farahandfarah) July 23, 2014
Wish Sidney Rice all the best. We won’t forget 2009
— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) July 23, 2014
Sidney Rice is only 27 years old and forced to retire due to concussions. But let’s extend that season and expand the playoffs, Goodell!
— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) July 23, 2014
Sidney Rice retires. As he should. Concussion problems.
— Blake Arnold (@Barnold1993) July 23, 2014
Holy crap! Wow. RT @ProFootballTalk Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is retiring, per league source.
— Meg-Uh-Tron (@Meg_NoGriffin) July 23, 2014
If true, sad that my man @sidneyrice is retiring. One of my favs and a great guy. Know he’s still got a lot of great things ahead of him.
— Jeff Ding (@jeffd_23) July 23, 2014
Of course, Rice was one of the most respected players in the game, as you can see, and he will be sorely missed. But ultimately, this is the best decision he could have made.