In a letter to himself penned across Twitter, revisiting lessons learned and highlights lived, Doug Baldwin appeared to announce his retirement late Sunday night.
Baldwin’s final surgery was for a sports hernia and it followed a season in which he suffered a groin injury and was also battling knee and shoulder issues.
As a member of the Seahawks, Baldwin’s 493 catches for 6,593 yards and 49 touchdowns are all in the top three in franchise history.
Baldwin spent his entire eight-season career with the Seahawks, as he made the trip to two Pro Bowls, had a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons and helped the franchise to its greatest victory.
In 2018, Baldwin, an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, played in 13 games with 50 catches, 618 yards and five touchdowns during what is now his final season.
Hardly a prototypical wideout at 5-foot-10 and fewer than 200 pounds, Baldwin was often overlooked and underrated, but proved to be a clutch performer on offense for a franchise defined by defense in its heyday. While those that best characterized the Legion of Boom drew the most notice, Baldwin still shined in the Emerald City and now his Sundays as a Seahawk have ended.
Below is a selection of tweets from Baldwin’s Sunday thread:
Iâve always wanted to write a letter to my younger self. I never knew how or when I would write it but it seems very appropriate right about now..
I wanted to write you this letter and tell you that youâre about to endure one hell of a journey. You will feel emotional and physical pain you never knew existed. You will fail over and over again. But donât worry, all of it will be the reason why you succeed. pic.twitter.com/kpWr64vGNJ
Youâll finally get a chance to compete at the highest level of the sport you love. And knowing you, I bet youâll leave your mark early. During that time you will lose yourself in that world. Itâs ok. Youâll come out of it for the better. pic.twitter.com/vEKU9AXt5p
The next few years will be filled with beautiful memories of close friends you will meet along the way. Friends that will offer their guidance.. pic.twitter.com/4J1LLZirUI
But when the journey finally comes to the end, you will reflect on what that little boy caught between Gulf Breeze and Pensacola really wanted: to be seen and to be loved. pic.twitter.com/J9rTAid0pC
Because the end of one journey sees the beginning of another. And guess what.. it will be one hell of a journey. You will feel emotional and physical pain you never knew existed. You will fail over and over again. But donât worry, all of it will be the reason why you succeed. pic.twitter.com/RBH3hy5dip