After eight productive seasons catching balls for the Seattle Seahawks, receiver Doug Baldwin is calling it quits.
Baldwin announced his retirement via Twitter in the form of a letter written to his younger self. He reflected on his career, his personal growth, and the lessons he learned during his time with Seattle. He ended the “letter” with this tweet, signaling that he will be hanging up his cleats.
Baldwin began his NFL after being passed over in seven rounds of the NFL Draft. He signed with the Seahawks as an unheralded undrafted free agent. From there, however, he developed into one of his team’s most important players.
The Stanford alum started his career well, leading the team in receiving yards and touchdowns as a rookie. From there, he went onto have a highly productive career.
Baldwin recorded two 1,000 yard seasons in his eight years with the team and caught 50 or more passes in all but one season with the team.
His career totals include 6,563 receiving yards and 49 receiving touchdowns, an excellent career. He made two Pro Bowls, in 2016 and 2017, and also lifted the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLVIII with his former team.
Baldwin was released by the Seahawks earlier this offseason after a failed physical.
Now, the 30-year-old will ride off into the sunset, content with what was a very successful NFL stint.