After nine seasons in the NFL, Marshawn Lynch decided to hang up the cleats. The 29 year-old running back made the announcement via Twitter with a picture of cleats hanging from a telephone wire.
Lynch was drafted in the first round in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills. He went on to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons, but would go on to lose his starting job after a suspension for gun possession. The Seahawks decided to take a chance on him as they dealt two mid-round picks to Buffalo – a trade that Seattle will never forget.
Quick to impress the 12th man in Seattle, Lynch rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons with the Seahawks with double-digit TDs to boot. Beast Mode was born with his hard, powerful running style on display week after week. You’ll remember his 67-yard TD run in the 2011 playoffs where he broke seemingly a dozen tackles on his way to the end-zone in what was arguably the greatest run in NFL history. Lynch’s presence in the backfield was a pivotal piece in Seattle’s 2014 Super Bowl team.
As he retires, Lynch has put his name in the conversation with Shaun Alexander when discussing the best running back in team history. Lynch finishes 4th in team history with 6,347 rushing yards and 2nd with 57 rushing TDs.
During his tenure in Seattle he established himself as one of the most, if not the most dominant running back in the game with his physical, hard-nosed running style. He may not have the longevity of other all-time greats, but he certainly had the skill.
Moving forward, the Seahawks will lean on Thomas Rawls to carry the load as he did towards the end of this past season. The undrafted rookie finished with 830 rushing yards – averaging 5.6 yards per rush. Seattle’s backfield is left in good hands.