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Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette officially announces retirement

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Ricardo Lockette announces his retirement on May 12, 2016 at the VMAC in Renton.

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is retiring six months after suffering a serious neck injury in a game at Dallas.

The team confirmed the retirement on Wednesday and held a news conference with Lockette on Thursday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Lockette was knocked out and remained motionless on the field for several minutes after a hit by Cowboys safety Jeff Heath during the Nov. 1 victory over Dallas. He was eventually strapped to a backboard and taken off the field. Lockette underwent surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas the next day to stabilize his neck.

Lockette has been a special teams standout for the Seahawks since joining the team in 2011. He’s also been part of Seattle’s rotation of receivers.

Follow our blog below for a recap of the news conference:

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Bitter, sweet #Rockette for the 12th Man who created the Monster

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First catch, Christmas Eve #Rockette

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I just wanted to make my teammates, family, & The 12th Man proud!!!! #weallwegot

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Enjoy life you never know when the ride stops. Be great, love your family, & inspire those around you #WeAllWeGot #Seahawks

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