After sustaining a serious neck injury last season Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette will announce his retirement today. Lockette played 34 games for the Seahawks over 5 seasons and was best known for his impressive work on special teams as well as being the man forced off the ball by Malcolm Butler during the decisive play of Super Bowl XLIX. The injury for which Lockette has to retire came in week 8 against Dallas. Lockette was covering a punt when he got hit by safety Jeff Heath. Lockette suffered a concussion as well as disk and ligament damage in his neck. Heath was penalized on the field for the hit, although it looked fairly clean and was not given any further sanctions by the NFL. “[The doctors] said if I would have stood up then, the weight of my head — left, right, front, back — I would have died,” Lockette said in a video he posted on Facebook. “If one of my teammates would have come over and pulled my arm, just barely, I might have died. Or if the returner at the time would have broken a couple tackles, and they would have rolled and fell on me, I would have died on that field. But what saved my life was the trainers.” It’s a scary scenario and one that once again shines a light on the dangers of American Football. We all wish Lockette well in whatever he goes onto next.