Earlier on Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was planning on retiring from the NFL.
Teammates still attempting to change his mind, but Seahawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch has told some close to him he plans to retire, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2016
In typical Beast Mode fashion, Lynch left a cryptic picture on his official Twitter account; no words or much else, and at a moment when the world had their eyes glued to Super Bowl 50.
Richard Sherman seemed to know what the tweet meant and he responded with a salute to his teammate.
Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch … It was an honor sharing the field with you.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 8, 2016
Lynch has become known for his short, repetitive answers to media outlets in everything from locker room media sessions to press conferences. He hasn’t always been that way, but he has become accustomed to not allowing anyone else to control him in any way.
The star running back was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 with the 12th overall pick in the draft. Lynch spent three-plus seasons in Buffalo before being traded to Seattle and becoming a godsend for a Seahawks team that had appeared in two straight Super Bowls prior to this season.
Lynch is perhaps known best for eating Skittles and gaining the Beast Mode monicker following a harrowing, rumbling, stumbling, bumbling (in the words of ESPN’s Chris Berman) run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFC Wild Card game. That run became simply known as “Beast Quake.”
In his short nine-year career, Lynch compiled 2,144 carries for 9,112 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns, and it seems as if he is cutting his career short much like Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Lynch will be remembered for his occasional issues with members of the media and for his few run-ins with the law, but also for his jaw-dropping play. In February 2009, Lynch was arrested for possessing a loaded gun after police searched a vehicle that he was in following officers smelling marijuana.
He should be known for much more than those few things though — everyone makes mistakes — and he has provided fans with breathtaking plays in the short nine years that he will have been in the NFL.
It is surprising that Lynch is hanging up the cleats already, but doing so by using no words is something that should have been expected.