SEATTLE, WA – Running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks will in all likelihood retire before the upcoming season.
In true Marshawn Lynch fashion, he “broke the news” with this cryptic tweet, sent out during the Super Bowl.
It’s a growing trend of star players hanging up their cleats before they reach what many consider normal retirement age (as Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson did last week and half of the 49ers team did last offseason). After missing nine games this season due to an abdominal injury, Lynch has decided his body has taken enough pounding over the years, and while fans will certainly miss the quirky star, he has more than earned the right to enjoy his post-NFL life.
Lynch, who blossomed after his trade from Buffalo to Seattle, and despite a rather up and down career occasionally overshadowed by injury and off-the-field issues, will forever be remembered in Seattle as he helped the Seahawks appear in back-to-back Super Bowls, winning one of them. His enigmatic persona, driven by his love for Skittles, his disdain for practice or interviews, and his battering-ram impersonations on the field made him a fun player to watch.
The rugged, bull-dozing style he played with is best exemplified by the famous “Beast Quake”, in which Lynch decided the entire Saints defense was not, enough to stop him from scoring. It resulted in such a raucous home crowd reaction that the celebratory stomping registered on nearby seismographs.
Did He Coat Himself With Pam or something?
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