Ricardo Lockette to announce retirement Thursday

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Former Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who suffered serious neck injuries last November stemming from a blindisde hit he took during a game in Dallas, will announce his retirement on Thursday.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Lockette will announce his retirement. The Seahawks announced only that they would hold a press conference involving Lockette.

Lockette was covering a punt when a hit from Jeff Heath of the Cowboys initially left Lockette motionless on the field for several minutes. He spent four nights in the hospital and underwent surgery before returning to Seattle.

Lockette had said he expected to play again in the weeks following his injury. In March, he said doctors told him he could have died on the field.

Lockette, 29, made the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He had 22 career receptions, four for touchdowns.

45 responses to “Ricardo Lockette to announce retirement Thursday

  1. 1st ballot HOF! dude was a beast his whole career, just look at his numbers..

  2. I’m taking a wild guess that Jeff Heath isn’t especially happy about this news either. Being the guy to deliver a hit like this is always better than being on the receiving end, but you still have to make peace with yourself.

  3. jackedupboonie says:
    May 11, 2016 6:51 PM
    Best wishes and health to him. Shouldn’t have been on the field for that 2nd and goal play tho.
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    Another example of the 2012s ….he wasnt hurt on a 2nd and goal…he was hurt on a punt coverage

  4. That wasnt a Seahawk fan talking about the 2nd and goal play but I see someone isnt football fan enough to catch what was being talked about

  5. Next time a likely overweight fan complains that NFL players coast in a league where nothing is guaranteed and players can get cut at any time. ….point them to articles like this.

  6. It was a clean hit, guy just instinctively lowered his head at the wRong moment. Thanks for everything. Hope they find a special teams coaching gig for ya

  7. Shame that he has to retire so early, blessing that he can.

    Best wishes for the next page of his life.

  8. I am happy he is alright and wish him the best. I wish more of our players had heart like this guy. I hope he gets a good gig in the local media at least. He literally left it all on the field, and that is as high of an honor as there is in sports.

  9. NFL will just cite their mantra of next man up. This sport needs to protect the players better than they’ve been doing.

  10. Smart call. I guess he could have tried to take a crap-load of HGH like another guy who had neck issues….

  11. Remember the hit…it was clean, just an instinctive head lowering as mentioned before. Sad, but it’s the reality of any contact sport. Like Pac said, Keep yo head up.

  12. cinzano08 says:
    May 11, 2016 7:36 PM
    NFL will just cite their mantra of next man up. This sport needs to protect the players better than they’ve been doing.

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    What do you suggest the NFL should have done differently in this specific incident?

  13. smarterthanyouoryours says:
    May 11, 2016 7:13 PM
    Cheap shot
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    The flag on the play was for the result, it shouldn’t even have been flagged and there was certainly no intent. Even most of Lockette’s teammates changed their tunes after they saw the film.

    Hope he continues to recover and lives a full and healthy life

  14. This is a terrible way to end a promising career. Sorry to see it end this way.

    That being said, I am very surprised that some Packers fan hasn’t tried to turn this story into a anti Vikings thread. It is kind of refreshing in a way.

  15. The Hawks O-line knows all about delivering cheap shots that cause serious injuries to the opponent….kind of sucks when it happens to you huh??? I mean their genus O-line guru Cable once assaulted one of his very own coaches…..karma has a funny way of catching up to you……..

  16. I watched the game. Am an admitted homer Seahawks fan, can’t stand the Cowboys, and I still don’t think it was a cheap shot. This play right here reminds us all, even with the league trying to water down the game, at its core football is violent sport, and could cause life threatening injuries at any time. There is I’m sure not a single person other the Lockett that hates hearing this news more then Jeff Heath. Again it wasn’t cheap, but a man will no longer play football for the hit he delivered to Lockett and I’m willing to bet Heath will forever regret the hit. The one good thing to come out of this at least Lockett is still alive, can walk, can pick up his kids and I’m sure he is thankful for that.

  17. He was literally internally decapitated. If not for the care he received after the hit, he could be paralyzed or dead. I never saw him coming back, especially not as a gunner.

    As an avid Hawks fan I’m actually glad he’s decided to retire. We’ll miss him for sure, but I don’t think I’d enjoy watching the game if he was on the field. I’d be holding my breathe through every play. All the best to the Rocket!

  18. 3 career starts and he has a superbowl ring?
    It’s a shame his career ended prematurely, but I bet there are a few guys that’ve played for years that eould trade places with him in a heartbeat.

  19. He’s a tough kid who fought his way on to a NFL roster through hard work and special teams play. With a mindset like that, he will do just fine outside football.

  20. squackduckhawk says:

    May 11, 2016 7:26 PM
    I am happy he is alright and wish him the best. I wish more of our players had heart like this guy. I hope he gets a good gig in the local media at least. He literally left it all on the field, and that is as high of an honor as there is in sports.
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    Couldn’t have said it better myself. I was never a big fan of his before the injury, but no one could ever question his effort and heart! Those making fun of his stats, don’t understand what a fantastic special teams player he was. He was “all in”, every play every day. RESPECT.

  21. All the best to you…It’s easy for us sitting behind a computer to crack jokes and make comments, but it’s harder on the players whose livelihoods could end in the blink of an eye and/or the thought of being the cause of ending said livelihood.

  22. I failed to see evidence of a blind-side hit during the numerous replays. The Dallas player was squared up perfectly and Lockette’s took at least a step looking in his running direction. If there was no injury, you’d be using that play as a benchmark for return team blocking. Don’t tell me otherwise.

    I wish one could take that play’s effect back. It is a terrible ending for Lockette’s football career and I sincerely hope he has no lingering effects that diminish his life.

  23. I wish him all the best. His career consisted of 36 total games and he can’t turn his head at the age of 29. It’s a rough, rough sport.

  24. And in a separate item, Adam Schefter discloses that Ian Rapaport used unfair tactics to scoop him on this monumental news release. Schefter went on to say he is very disappointed and has leaked that he may even consider withholding some of his big scoops in the future. And asked the question, “Now where will that leave you NFL fans, huh?”
    Shock and dismay were witnessed nowhere in the world as a result.

  25. Watching the hit happen in real time and the moments that followed I honestly thought that he may have been killed. Fast forwarding to today knowing that he escaped with his life and mobility is truly something amazing. Best of luck Ricardo. Go HAWKS

  26. jerry944 says:
    May 11, 2016 6:58 PM

    Another example of the 2012s ….he wasnt hurt on a 2nd and goal…he was hurt on a punt coverage
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    Actually the guy who said he shouldn’t be on the field for the super bowl int play was correct. Lockette had no business being on the field, if you watch Lockette as a receiver he’s weak and doesn’t attack the ball (hence why the ball was picked). I think Lockette flopped trying to draw a penalty and it ended in the worst way. When he is on special teams he is a beast (but also a penalty machine and a hot head). The 2012 Seahawk fans comments/1 year dynasty comments just show your true ignorance towards the game (copying comments you’ve seen over and over again). Thanks for the reminder that the Seahawks are still relevant in your head though.

  27. Will always be linked to the worst play call in NFL history. 1 yard away from winning back to back Superbowls and you throw the ball to Ricardo Lockett?????

  28. Unbiased fan here…to me the hit looked brutal, but legal. Hate to see anyone injured, taken out of the game, or have to retire because of something like that, but it happens. Good luck Lockette…wish you the best. Glad it wasn’t more serious.

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