Sidney Rice has announced his retirement from the NFL after seven seasons at the age of 27 due to a "history of concussions".
The wide receiver won the Super Bowl with the Seahawks last season but couldn't participate in the team's championship charge after he tore his ACL midway through the campaign.
Despite being released in February, Rice was resigned in April and his announcement to retire comes just two days before the Seahawks kick off their 2014 training camp.
The 27-year-old revealed he will "always be a Seahawk" despite retiring and revealed the reason behind his decision in a statement.
“After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League,
“I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans. I take great pride in knowing I was one of the players signed to help build the foundation of the team that ultimately won the Super Bowl.
“I’ll be joining the 12s in support of the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the challenge to repeat. I appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities and look forward to establishing myself as a businessman. I will always be a Seahawk!”
Seattle players have been paying tribute to Rice on Twitter following his retirement as the team has lost one of it's true team players.
Took me under his wing and become more than just a teammate and friend, he truly became my brother. Best of wishes to my bro @Sidneyrice— Jermaine Kearse (@chopchop_15) July 23, 2014
@sidneyrice always will be a friend and has been a fantastic teammate! Wish you the best— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 23, 2014