Dec 24, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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Former Seahawks WR Kearse announces retirement

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

Kearse is perhaps best remembered for hauling in a 35-yard touchdown reception in overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 28-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game following the 2014 season. The 30-year-old Washington native also scored a touchdown in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Denver Broncos.

“Seattle, as a hometown kid it was a complete honor to represent you guys out there on the field,” Kearse wrote on Instagram. “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.”

The Seahawks wished Kearse well in his retirement in a comment on his Instagram post.

“Congrats on a great career @jkearse15. Enjoy retirement and know you will always be a Seahawks Legend! #GoHawks,” the team wrote.

Kearse signed with the Detroit Lions last season, however he fractured his left leg and injured his ankle in the preseason opener. He was then placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Kearse has appeared in 99 games with the Seahawks (2012-16) and New York Jets (2017-18), registering 255 receptions for 3,290 yards and 17 touchdowns. He began his career as an undrafted free agent out of Washington.

–Field Level Media

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