Sidney Rice retires from football, now in Wingstop business

Sidney Rice SeahawksSidney Rice announced on Wednesday that he has decided to retire from professional football because of the toll injuries have taken on him over his 7-year NFL career. Rice, 27, returned from a torn ACL and also had several concussions during his career.

The Seahawks released a statement with these quotes from Rice:

“I was just thinking about things I’ve been through in the last few years,” said Rice. “I’ve hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It’s something I’ve always battled through and came back from.

“But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road.”

Rice is already involved in several ventures outside of football. The most notable one is his ownership of a Wingstop restaurant. He opened one in Tacoma a few weeks ago and plans to open four others around the Washington area.

“I’m sort of a job creator right now,” Rice said via the Seahawks’ website. “What got me into the wings? It’s my favorite food. In Minnesota there was no Wingstop. So me and Adrian Peterson, every time we’d have an away game, we’d hop in the car and try to find a Wingstop. So we always talked about opening one.”

In addition to getting into the wing business, Rice is also getting into the tech world. He’s developing aps and has established Fresh Healthy Vending to provide nutritional alternates for vending machines in schools around his hometown of Gaffney, S.C.

Rice’s best season came in 2009 when he caught 82 passes for 1,312 yards and 8 touchdowns. He signed a big contract with the Seahawks after the 2010 season, but he missed 15 games over three seasons and never lived up to the expectations.

Seahawks cut Red Bryant, Sidney Rice

Red Bryant Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have already begun the process of dismantling their Super Bowl-winning team.

The team announced on Friday that they have cut Red Bryant and Sidney Rice in expected moves.

Cutting Bryant saves Seattle $5.5 million in cap space, and that money could be used to re-sign free agent DE Michael Bennett. Bryant is turning 30 in April and will likely have many suitors on the free agent market, including the New England Patriots, who tried to sign him in 2012 before he agreed to remain with Seattle.

Cutting Rice saves Seattle $7.3 million against the cap. He signed a five-year, $41 million contract with the team in the 2011 offseason and was a big disappointment. Rice battled injuries and missed 15 games over three seasons. He topped out at 50 catches, 748 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2012.

This is a typical trend for a Super Bowl team; you accumulate enough talent to win a Super Bowl, but then you lose the players because you cannot afford them all. Rice was overpaid, but you know the Seahawks would have liked to retain Bryant.

Sidney Rice has wardrobe malfunction on touchdown catch (Picture)

Sidney Rice had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction when he caught the winning touchdown that put the Seahawks ahead of the Patriots 24-23 with 1:18 left in the game on Sunday.

Rice’s final stat line for the game: 3 catches, 84 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 half moon. Easily his most complete stat line of the season.

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