Marshawn Lynch is an absolute beast. No, like, his nickname is actually “Beast Mode,” which is just about the most perfect athlete nickname in NFL history given the bruising running style that Lynch has displayed throughout his career.
And while Marshawn posted a pic to Twitter during Super Bowl Sunday announcing his retirement, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported that the five-time Pro Bowler has allegedly told former teammates that he could come back this season—although, per the report, Lynch’s agent doesn’t believe his client will return.
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Now, this might be good news for Seahawks fans who want to see the Beast in the backfield again, but as fellow BroBible writer Chris Illuminati so poignantly told me this morning, the NFL only has 46 instances of a 30-year-old runner gaining 1,000-yards or more in a season.
Just last week, Lynch’s Seattle teammate, Richard Sherman, had this to say to NFL.com:
“I don’t put anything past him,” “He’s about as predictable as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays.
“But it’s obviously going to be different. We got a little sample of it last year. We had to play without him for a good portion of the season. I think we’re prepared for it in some aspects. But you never really want to be prepared for that. You would hope that he comes back. In the back of your mind, you hope he comes back and plays another year. But he doesn’t owe us anything. He’s given us everything. He’s given the game everything we asked.”
Lynch still hasn’t filed the appropriate paperwork for official retirement, and until he does, speculation will continue to float around on a “comeback.”