By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free agent wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has announced his retirement from the NFL. The 30-year-old Kearse last played in the NFL during the 2018 season.
Last summer, he broke his leg during a preseason game with the Detroit Lions.
“It’s never really easy writing posts like this,” Kearse said on Instagram. “I’m not a big announcement type of guy. 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. After 8 years 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 Marisa Kearse 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.”
Kearse said that he is looking forward to what’s next for him.
“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,” he said. “See you on a course near you. THANK YOU and I love you all. God Bless.”
In his final season, he appeared in 14 games, including nine starts with the New York Jets. He had 37 receptions for 371 yards and one touchdown.
In his entire seven-year career in the league, he appeared in 99 games, including 74 starts. He had 255 receptions for 3,290 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Kearse also had two carries for 15 yards.