Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette to announce retirement

May 11, 2016

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 and has scheduled a news conference with Lockette on Thursday.

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.

Earlier this year, Lockette told a group of paramedics and firefighters that the injury was so serious he could have died if not for proper treatment from athletic trainers and medics on the field.


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.