There will never be another Marshawn Lynch. After nine seasons in the NFL, and six with the Seattle Seahawks, the 29-year-old running back declared his retirement on Sunday during the Super Bowl. The man nicknamed “Beast Mode” was a man of few words, so it was quite fitting for Lynch to make it official through this tweet:
Lynch came to Seattle in the middle of the 2010 season, one of the many moves that Pete Carroll and John Schneider made early in their tenures. Little did we know at the time how impactful this trade would be to the Seahawks franchise. The physical running style he brought embodied the style of play Carroll wanted from the team. I’ve never seen a running back with the mentality of a linebacker, but that’s essentially what Lynch did on every carry. And boy did he live up to the name Beast Mode during his time in the Emerald City.
From 2011-2014, Lynch rushed for 5,357 yards (1,339 per year) and 48 touchdowns (12 per year) and was consistently one of – if not the – best running backs in the league. He led the team to a Super Bowl title, and, if given the chance, almost another. In a run-heavy system, he thrived and was the heart beat of not only the offense, but the entire team. Everyone fed off Lynch’s energy and effort on the field, including the fans.
While he struggled through injuries this year, it’s important to remember all of the incredible runs Lynch had throughout his career as a Seahawk – the best of them in clutch moments. Many of his runs were some of the greatest moments in the team’s history. Here is a beautiful tribute to Beast Mode by the Seahawks:
While the above runs were the highlights of Lynch’s career, we shouldn’t lose sight of how many two-yard losses he turned into three-yard gains. It was those kinds of plays that made him so special.
It’s a sad day seeing #24 hang his cleats up, but I’m so thankful to have seen his greatness while it lasted. Even better, he chose to retire in Seattle rather than moving on to another team. I look forward to the day that Marshawn Lynch joins the Seahawks Ring of Honor.
Enjoy retirement, Beast. Cheers to you and your $50 million in game checks you haven’t spent yet!