Is Marshawn Lynch Really Thinking About Retiring Right Now?
Even though it may not have seemed like it, we’re betting that Marshawn Lynch had a ball during the week leading up to the Super Bowl earlier this month. Sure, he may have been short—very short—with reporters at times. Sure, he may have spent most of the week frowning, rather than smiling. And sure, he obviously would have loved to see a better outcome during the game itself. But in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, Lynch did everything on his terms. He refused to bow down and be something that he’s not, even when faced with steep fines from the NFL. And even though everyone in the country was talking about him, he steered the narrative surrounding his story. So if his career ended tomorrow, he’d probably be pretty pleased if the week leading up to this past Super Bowl helped define his legacy.
His career isn’t actually going to end tomorrow, though, is it? Probably not. But according to Lynch’s former Seattle Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson, there’s a chance that he might shock everyone and retire prior to the start of next season. Robinson did say that his “bet would be that he plays next year in Seattle,” but he also added that even Lynch himself doesn’t know what he wants to do next. So it sounds like there’s a real chance that we may have seen him play his final game in the NFL.
If Lynch does hang up his cleats for good, it’ll be a shame. Not for him, but for the rest of us. Say what you want about the guy and the way that he handles the media, but Lynch has been one of the most entertaining players in the entire NFL in recent seasons. Both in the way that he runs and the way that he conducts himself, he’s turned himself into one of the biggest personalities in the league, without ever saying a word. So we sincerely hope that he comes back and plays for the Seahawks again next season. But if he doesn’t decide to come back, we can’t say that we’d be surprised. He’s always marched to the beat of his own drum, for better or worse. And retiring early will just be one more example of that.
What do you think Marshawn Lynch should do? Retire? Re-sign with the Seahawks? Take his talents to a new NFL team?