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Seahawks confirm Marshawn’s retirement message

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A year ago, the post-Super Bowl chatter was dominated by talk regarding the decision of the Seahawks to throw the ball and not give it to Marshawn Lynch with the game on the line. This year, Lynch is still relevant, for different reasons.

He posted a tweet in the fourth quarter suggesting strongly that he’s retiring. To help remove doubt, cornerback Richard Sherman added this on Twitter: “Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch . . . It was an honor sharing the field with you.”

The folks at Skittles also chimed in with this: “Three words. Lifetime. Skittles. Pension.”

Lynch technically owes the Seahawks $5 million if he retires — unless the Seahawks agreed last year when signing him to a new deal or since then that he gets to keep the money if he walks away after one season.

If truly done, Lynch finishes at No. 36 on the all-time rushing list, with 9,112 career yards.

UPDATE 12:29 a.m. ET 2/8/16: Russell Wilson has confirmed it, too. And the Seahawks retweeted Wilson’s message.

UPDATE 12:48 a.m. ET 2/8/16: And now owner Paul Allen has confirmed it.

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43 Responses to “Seahawks confirm Marshawn’s retirement message”
  1. stampnhawk says: Feb 8, 2016 12:33 AM

    Oakland will pull him out of retirement.
    Regardless, if true, an one of the best players in Seattle all time, singlehandedly putting the offense in his back the better part of last 6 years. Epic runs,epic power, which gets overshadowed by his distaste for medias confrontation.

    Even with the defense, Seattle doesn’t get to where they were without Lynch, and even just the threat of Lynch, making plays and keeping defneses honest. Regular season, helped the team get wins which gave them home file advantage, and the continued in the playoffs with huge games. In that sense,under appreciated,because it let Wilson in his first couple years,have that guy behind him as a threat.

  2. fumblenuts says: Feb 8, 2016 12:40 AM

    Thanks Beast….for the Super Bowl win and your PUNISHING running style!

  3. sportsfan18 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:42 AM

    @ stampnhawk

    You said “singlehandedly putting the offense on his back the better part of the las 6 years”…


    6 seasons ago for the Seahawks, he played in 12 games, ran for 573 yards and rushed for an average of 3.5 yards per rush.

    That isn’t “singlehandedly putting the offense on his back”.

    This past season, he played in 7 games for them and ran for a total of 417 yards and rushed for 3.8 yards per rush.

    Again, that is NOT putting the offense on his back and carrying it “singlehandedly”.

    Now, the 4 seasons in between those, yes he pretty much did.

    So, for 4 season he did, not the better part of 6 seasons.

    Unless you’re a politician, the truth matters…

  4. damnsureis says: Feb 8, 2016 12:45 AM

    Class act for tweeting this during the Super Bowl. God forbid the focus not be on you. Great player but comes off as completely selfish.

  5. randygnyc says: Feb 8, 2016 12:45 AM

    Selfish punks trying to steal the spotlight. On the other hand, Peyton exuded class by avoiding the subject so as not to be THE story. Clearly there’s a difference in the quality of upbringing of those involved

  6. genericnflfan says: Feb 8, 2016 12:51 AM

    leaving sooner rather than later is the right decision for any RB, especially one with his running style.

  7. jmethane says: Feb 8, 2016 12:51 AM

    Thank you always and forever for beastquake! HOLD MY D! You brought style and fury to a Seattle team that used it to become the bully of the nfc. You led by example and the entire team followed. Was a fun ride for sure dog, but Russell has this now. It is in good hands.

  8. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 8, 2016 12:53 AM

    Hopefully he doesn’t spend his free time driving around hitting people once he no longer can do it on the field.

  9. stampnhawk says: Feb 8, 2016 1:04 AM

    Sports fan

    Sure, not this year. But with no name recievers and either an all but done Hasselbeck, then a season of TJack and Clipboard Jesus, then a rookie in Wilson, Lynch was the focal point of that offense, stats aside, giving it momentum if nothing else with a big run or power run. That alone allowed whoever the QB was to not feel the need to do it all himself,with the comfort of a game hanger behind him. So stats wise, no,but anyone who has followed Seattle football through the early 2010’s knows that he’s been the guy thats always been there on offense,which is what I mean by carrying the team.

    Wilson took that mantle over when Lynch was hurt this year.

  10. ovojay says: Feb 8, 2016 1:06 AM

    One of the greatest.

  11. seattlesue427 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:16 AM

    For all of you indicting him for posting during the aftermath of the Super Bowl…did you ever think that he did it so that this story would get buried in all the hoopla? He doesn’t want the spotlight. I’m sure he’d be glad if there were no stories about it at all. We loved him as a Seahawk and wish him well!

  12. Gridiron Ghost says: Feb 8, 2016 1:18 AM


  13. charger383 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:21 AM

    look at me timing by guy that doesn’t like to talk

  14. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 8, 2016 1:26 AM

    I think my favorite part was how he tried to draw attention to himself on a day that was for two other teams. Perfect Me-Hawk to the end.

  15. twesty85 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:44 AM

    Sore loser. Defense wins it all for him now he knows it’s all over.

  16. chawk12thman says: Feb 8, 2016 2:00 AM

    I enjoyed his overall contribution to the Seahawks’ being relevant the passed 6 years and am really sorry that he is retiring. I do understand that with the Cap and Rawls coming on that he knew his position on the team was tenuous, at best.

    Marshawn, it is well documented, has contemplated retirement for a few years. His announcement now that the season is officially over means he is giving the team as big a head start as possible in their planning for next season. Appreciate that and thank you for all you have done Marshawn.

    You will be missed.

  17. orivar says: Feb 8, 2016 3:31 AM

    randygnyc says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:45 AM

    Selfish punks trying to steal the spotlight.


    Yeah because a retirement tweet is really going to steal the spotlight from a game that’s being watched worldwide. I mean when we casually found out at the Superbowl party due to our wonderful smart phones we completely changed the channel to view his retirement press conference and didn’t continue to watch the game at all.

  18. sdelmonte says: Feb 8, 2016 3:51 AM

    And the 2016 winner of the “A-Rod Makes His Announcement at Just the Wrong Moment Award” is….

  19. haanster says: Feb 8, 2016 4:44 AM

    Saying the timing is selfish is bs. He did it at a time when he got the least attention. Had he waited two weeks the entire group of NFL writers would be talking about him.

  20. mrfrostyj says: Feb 8, 2016 6:41 AM

    I love the people are bashing him for announcing his retirement during the superbowl IN A TWEET. This is Marshawn Lynch…you know the guy that hates media and being asked questions so he announced his retirement when the least amount of people would be around to ask him about it. He literally found the only way he could announce it where he wouldn’t be mobbed with reporters. Did you not see what was surrounding Peyton Manning after that game ended?

  21. rhett16 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:56 AM

    Nice of Least Mode to tweet this out during the Super Bowl in a futile attempt to get people to remember he was still in the league in the first place. Maybe he can give Scam Newton some interview tips in his free time now.

  22. bbb82 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:41 AM

    Pretty selfish to post that during the super bowl.

  23. thegonz13 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:41 AM

    First off, yeah, real classy to do it right in the middle of the biggest game of the year, although it provided some relief given how crappy the whole game was.

    Second, I can understand why he took to Twitter to announce it, especially if you consider that what he speaks is anything but English.

  24. cardinalsfan20 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:43 AM

    Smarter than people think he is.

  25. rutherforddabrave says: Feb 8, 2016 7:53 AM

    Fitting that he goes out with petulant attempt to get attention. Retire during the super bowl that you’re not playing in? “EVERYBODY PAY ATTENTION TO ME!” Grow up!

  26. billh1947 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:58 AM

    he is far too flaky to become part of the network crew with Peyton so I guess its off to an island where he can kick back and toke his weed the rest of his life.

  27. pensfan1 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:59 AM

    Class act for tweeting this during the Super Bowl. God forbid the focus not be on you. Great player but comes off as completely selfish.
    Won’t say a word but manages to stay in the press with timing. Can’t be in the Superbowl but tried to be about it.

  28. RegisHawk says: Feb 8, 2016 8:26 AM

    Pretty good career. Probably not enough years/yards to qualify for HOF, but a lot of memorable moments and big contributions to the success of the team.

    Well done, Beast.

  29. cowboysdude says: Feb 8, 2016 8:30 AM

    Can’t tell you how happy this makes me… can’t barely understand two words the man says when he talks…

    He isn’t all that… look at his numbers… he’s serviceable and he had a couple good years so lets not get carried away acting like he’s the greatest… he’s nowhere close to the neighborhood of Smith, Sanders, Payton or Riggins…

  30. collectordude says: Feb 8, 2016 8:34 AM

    Lynch retired. Good.

  31. fanaticks says: Feb 8, 2016 9:07 AM

    The only seahawk player I respect, glad to see him be able to walk away from the game relatively healthy.

    As for those calling him classless, maybe he was trying to slip out, with all the coverage on the superbowl, without being noticed.

  32. macdega says: Feb 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    Just go away, already.

  33. bhlobos says: Feb 8, 2016 9:59 AM

    To everyone that has called him a classless punk here, how many of you didn’t know about his tweet until after the game and you came to this site? Did it really take anything away from the game?

  34. squawktalkseahawk says: Feb 8, 2016 10:12 AM

    Thanks, Beast.

    Enjoy yourself in retirement and welcome to the 12’s.

  35. jjackwagon says: Feb 8, 2016 10:19 AM

    IF he was trying to slip out unnoticed…why tweet anything?

    Call the front office and tell them, then go about your business.

  36. brooks33blog says: Feb 8, 2016 10:35 AM

    Apparently he’s saved his $49.7 million he’s made on the field, so yeah I’d retire too. So if he’s done that already, I’m sure he’ll continue being financially smart. Too bad he didn’t get that ring he should’ve gotten last year

  37. thegenghiskahn88 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:36 AM

    Lol. Some of you guys are ridiculous.

  38. asianseahawksfan says: Feb 8, 2016 11:00 AM

    For everyone saying that he was trying to take the spotlight away from the Broncos, did you ever think that he announced his retirement in the middle of the game because he knew the attention would be focused elsewhere? Or are you all just that stupid?

  39. worstfranchiseinprofessionalsports says: Feb 8, 2016 11:18 AM

    Sad day for Hawk’s fans, but they have plenty of offensive weapons to carry on. Unlike the Vikings whose entire offense relies on AP and will be devastated when he retires. Worst Franchise in Professional Sports.

  40. wegotsomedogs says: Feb 8, 2016 1:01 PM

    Thanks for the memories, Marshawn! Hawks fans will never forget your contributions to the team and our first SB win. Loved watching you play… and how you fired up the team when you went Beastmode! Beast Quake #1 is still one of the best runs of all time. Wish you all the best in retirement. Come back and raise the 12th man flag next year during the playoffs.

  41. swyrlpr says: Feb 8, 2016 4:00 PM

    For the idiots claiming that Marshawn was trying to steal the spotlight, you fail to recognize the Super Bowl was played in his backyard.

    If he wanted to steal the spotlight, all he had to do was show up at the Super Bowl and announce it right on national TV.

    Instead he posted an ambiguous picture of some cleats hanging from a wire in the most subtle retirement announcement in the history of professional sports and he chose to do it when he thought it would be unnoticed since everyone was watching the game.

  42. chairman291 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:56 PM

    Isn’t 4 the better part of 6 ?

  43. itsawrapsite says: Feb 13, 2016 12:51 AM

    Hilarious that anyone thinks this man doesn’t like the spotlight!!!! He is a marketing genius. What better way to get the spotlight then by pretending you don’t want to be in it. He was the talk of every sport station when his team did well. He knew damn well what he was doing so don’t be fooled!!!

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