Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch officially announced his retirement from football last night on Twitter with the picture shown above, captioned with the peace sign. I find it to be the most savage way to retire from any sport.
For those of you who haven't seen the movie "Like Mike," this picture portrays, in my opinion, the scene at night where Calvin Cambridge grabbed the sneakers off the electric wires in the middle of the pouring rain.
Obviously, Marshawn tweeted that picture of his neon green cleats hanging from the wires to show that he was hanging it up on his career, despite only being 29 years old.
The age leaves me scratching my head, however. He's 29 years old and well on his way to being a Hall of Fame running back, why not try to cement yourself as one of the best RBs of all-time? That just proves that he just doesn't feel passionate about the game anymore, which was obvious after he was seen laughing on the sideline after Malcolm Butler's SB winning INT in Super Bowl 49 last year.
This clearly wasn't a business decision, as Lynch is leaving $5 million on the table that he could've gotten, had he just requested to be cut by Seattle and retired as a Free Agent. And good for him, there isn't enough players like that in sports who just leave because they don't love the game anymore.
Marshawn Lynch had a reputation for entering the endzone with swagger, his trademarked walk-in and dive with his hand grabbing his nuts were two of my favorites, but aside from his hatred for speaking to the Media, Marshawn was one of the classiest guys in the league and will be greatly missed in the NFL.
Beast Mode finished his career with 417 yards on 111 attempts for a 3.75 YPC and 2 TDs in 7 games during his last year. However, he finished with career stats of 9,112 yards on 2,144 attempts for a 4.3 YPC and 74 TDs in his 9 seasons in the NFL with Buffalo from 2007-2010 and Seattle from 2010-2016.
Good luck in retirement, Marshawn. You're presence will be missed in the NFL.