Former Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse, responsible for some of the biggest receptions in Seattle’s history, has announced his retirement after 8 NFL seasons.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) September 29, 2020
Former Lakes HS and UW standout played with the Seahawks from 2012-16: pic.twitter.com/KqU1hc4Qi9
Jermaine Kearse made the Seattle roster in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington and was a member of the pedestrian receiving corps that shredded the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII before being dealt to the New York Jets in the trade that brought Sheldon Richardson to Seattle on the eve of the 2017 season.
During his five years with the Hawks Kearse hauled in 153 passes for 2,109 yards and 11 touchdowns, while in his two seasons with the Jets he put up 102 receptions for 1,181 yards and 6 touchdowns. After leaving New York, Kearse signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions in 2019, where he was reunited with former Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. However, a gruesome leg injury in Week 1 of the preseason landed Kearse on injured reserve, and now he has called it a day.
Of all the big moments in his career, most fans likely consider the biggest to have been the touchdown reception against the Green Bay Packers in overtime of the 2014 NFC Championship Game which completed the Hawks dramatic come from behind victory and put Seattle in the Super Bowl for a second consecutive season. Sadly, that Super Bowl was cancelled by the NFL and never played, so the Hawks didn’t have a chance to repeat as world champions.
In any case, best of luck to Kearse and his family in all his future endeavors.