Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is hanging up the cleats, at least, that is what he tweeted out to the world on Sunday night during Super Bowl 50. Lynch kept it short and simple, tweeting a picture of green cleats being hung up with the ‘peace’ emoji:
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
Lynch had been rumored over the last several weeks to be ‘leaning towards retiring,’ as stated by Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider on ESPN Radio on January 22nd, so the news should not come as much of a surprise. ESPN had also reported earlier on Sunday that Lynch had already told people close to him that he plans to retire. The Seahawks were rumored to be moving on from Lynch in March due to salary cap issues, so Lynch likely wanted to have the final say on the matter before things were taken out of his control. Last week when approached by reporters, Lynch had this comical response when asked if he would be returning to football in 2016:
— Mike Flanagan (@fLAno0) February 8, 2016
The career Marshawn Lynch was able to have with the Seahawks is remarkable, especially after he almost ran himself out of the league in Buffalo due to multiple run-ins with the law. Lynch will end his career with 9,112 total yards and 74 touchdowns. The former No. 12 overall pick out of Cal was a five-time Pro-Bowler and led the NFL in touchdowns in 2013 and 2014.
For those expecting Marshawn to announce his retirement in any other way, what did you honestly expect from the man who consistently refused to speak to the media throughout the last several seasons and was never one to celebrate excessively when scoring a touchdown (Lynch is known for his post-touchdown handshakes)? Anybody who is a fan of Marshawn Lynch or is familiar with his antics and personality knows that this is the way he wants to go out, which is quick and silent. Lynch knew that by tweeting this out while most of America was watching the Super Bowl, it would help the news not gain as much publicity as it would at 10 am on a Wednesday.
Lynch will go down as one of the all-time Seahawk greats, and has been able to prove that anybody, especially a player in the NFL, can make a lot out of a second chance.