Marshawn Lynch says he’s done playing football

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Running back Marshawn Lynch, deliberately or not, has created an air of mystery regarding pretty much everything he does, due in large part to an intense reluctance to speak publicly. He has decided to speak publicly for the first time about his decision to retire, with Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports. And Lynch has spoken as clearly as possible about his future.

I’m retired,” a somewhat agitated Lynch says after being asked about the possibility of joining the Raiders for one final season. “Is that good enough?  Which camera do you want me to look into?  This one?  I’m done.  I’m not playing football anymore.”

Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, says in the same interview that, when it comes to Marshawn, Hendrickson never says never. Regardless, Lynch has said the closest thing to never. Given his reaction, it would be smart for the media to never ask him the question again.

65 responses to “Marshawn Lynch says he’s done playing football

  1. Good for him getting out on his own terms. He was smart enough to save his contract money so he doesn’t need to play any longer than he wants to.
    A great example for younger players…

  2. If he’s not on a roster come opening day, then I’ll believe it.
    Of course, he STILL could come back.

  3. Going to miss his quirky “personality” in the game. Definitely a guy that marched to the beat of his own drummer. Wish there were more characters like him in the game. Felt like he was done a year ago, really.

  4. Beast Mode is so smart how he dealt with media… He knew all along if he said little he’d get even more attention… He’ll make tons of money from endorsements and the like now that he’s retired… He’s probably the one who leaked that he may not retire… Being the best RB of his generation doesn’t hurt either…. I’d take Beast Mode over AP 7 days a week… He beats up strong men on the field not little boys off the field

  5. i’d take a 2nd round pick from Oakland! nothing less. He’s all bout that action boss ya know. Wait till the action picks up…..he’ll be back!

  6. I love his run style and even support his reclusion but between the self-promoting Beast Mode apparel (which has zero relevance outside of an active NFL career) and refusal to file paperwork he’s also acting a fool because he’s begging the attention he’s so irritated by.

  7. It would have been smart of the media if they had taken him at his word when he posted that pic…or when John Schneider told them he was retired…or when Pete Carroll told them he was retired…but they wouldn’t have had all the click-bait for the last 5 months, now would they?

  8. It’s has to be hard for him to sleep at night knowing all he had to do was carry the ball 1 yard to win a second championship. Poor guy, undermined by his coaching staff…

  9. Finally a verbal commitment. Collins, Rawls it’s your turn. Prosise replaces Fred Jackson, and it’s Gonna be Hell until the offensive line is set and healthy.
    Oakland fans need to realize their dream of getting him is dead. He has saved 50 mill according to his cousin.

    Thanks for the memories, boss. Enjoy life

  10. Although I hate Seattle and their pathetic, and new “fans”, I liked watching Marshawn Lynch play. At least he went out on his own terms. Speech mode, Boss!

  11. He’s also being stingy with his money, which means his “friends” will eventually leave, but his real friends will remain. Good strategy.

  12. Great RB. I hated watching him chokeslam Roman Harper & my Saints on his way to the end zone, but always had respect for his game.

  13. Translation: I’m done playing for the Seahawks and watching that little brat QB take all of the glory for all the hard work that the defense and myself put in.

  14. Let’s not act like he was Beast Mode anymore. He had a major drop off last year and dealt with injuries for the last few. It was clear that 2015 was his last year, both physically and mentally. As for his media presence, well, if it was all deliberate in order to get more attention, I’m all for it. But I suspect he honestly just didn’t want to talk, which always rubbed me the wrong way.

  15. I’ll always feel like him not getting the ball at the end of the Superbowl to wrap up that game sucked the joy out of the sport for him.

    If he had put it in, he’d still be playing.

  16. Belichick will have him on the phone at some point in the future. Like Junior Seau… he can be convinced to come back by the right situation and the right coach.

  17. jjackwagon says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:42 PM

    From Seattle to Oakland…yeah I would be retiring too!

    Oakland is trending in the right direction,don’t be surprised if they win the West this year.

  18. Ok, you’re done. Then why haven’t you put in retirement papers?

  19. Are they sure that’s what he said? If it’s anything like that one commercial he did I’d be surprised if anyone could understand what he says.

  20. too bad he fumbled that ball against the Patriots in the SuperBowl…..OH WAIT Pete Carroll was the coach, nevermind!!!

  21. kolbydoerge says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:37 PM

    i’d take a 2nd round pick from Oakland! nothing less. He’s all bout that action boss ya know. Wait till the action picks up…..he’ll be back!
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    Glad the Raiders have Reggie McKenzie as GM and not you 🙂

  22. Well, when he files his retirement papers then I’ll believe it, he just wants to skip OTA’s. Hell change his mind the 2nd week of camp.

  23. Former players claim that retirement papers do not exist. What would be the purpose if they did? Are you forced to stay retired?

  24. Trending in the right direction is good, happy for oakland. That isn’t good enough. Team would have to be ready to win it all and Marshawn wouldnt be the same Marshawn that went to back to back superbowls.

    Love you Marshawn, Go Hawks!

    He will probably do lots for the youth of Oakland in upcoming years. He is much happier playing with kids on the football field than having to deal with reporters and talk about himself. The man is a giver and will take care of his hometown kids. I have a five year old boy and I want him to meet marshawn one day. Marshawn will always be one of my favorite players of all time. His style was football to the core.

    Anyone remember him running over Calais Cambell? Yep!

  25. brwmstr says:
    Jun 6, 2016 1:32 PM
    too bad he fumbled that ball against the Patriots in the SuperBowl…..OH WAIT Pete Carroll was the coach, nevermind!!!

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    I’m quite sure Lynch didn’t give up two 4th quarter TDs to Brady in that game…. The Seahawks defense lost that game…..

  26. jjb0811 says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:44 PM
    I’d be pissed to if my HC called a pass at the goal line rather than give it to the best back at the time.

    Uh, they did give it to him and Hightower slapped the beast right out of him 2 yards short.

    Overrated. His stats on short yard situations are unimpressive. He made his rep stumbling & bumbling over safeties & CB’s.

    And “split legged runner” is one of the dumbest terms ever uttered.

  27. BEASTMODE!!!!!! (He knows how good he would have looked in Silver and Black )

  28. Why is he getting agitated when he was the one that chose to go on 60 minutes? Did he think they were going to ask him about his post football endeavors? Nobody cares about that. Hell, no one really cares if he’s planning a comeback.
    An over the hill RB that would not even be the starter in 2016? C’mon, move on already….

  29. Absolutely loved this guy. Ever since he took the injury cart after one of his games at Cal and started wheeling it all over the field, I knew this kid was a rare personality. Then he went to the Beast Mode grill in Buffalo, and the went to Seattle, putting on a clinic on how to play running back and how to deal with the media.

    I know a lot of people got on him for his refusal to talk to the media. A lot of people hate Bill Belichick for similar reasons. But both those guys get it: nothing good can come from talking to the media. These guys want a story to spin, and it will often come back to bite you. These guys don’t owe anything to the media. They owe us all three hours a week on the field at 100% effort, and the silent, unseen work that goes into that. Anything else they give us should be up to them, but the league doesn’t let that happen because too much money is lost to them.

    Put your feet up, Marshawn, you earned it.

  30. Oakland is trending in the right direction,don’t be surprised if they win the West this year.

    Trending yes, but trends don’t equal wins. And looking at their schedule they will be lucky to make 8-8.
    However, if 8-8 is good enough to win the division then yes, I will be surprised and so will you.

  31. “loumann says:
    Jun 6, 2016 1:16 PM

    Wow …he’s not a dumb as he looks. Take the money and be able to still run away.”
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    Don’t let the grill, dreadlocks, and the way he talks (street) fool you. He’s a pretty smart guy who took his education seriously. He went to UC Berkeley which is the top public school in the nation. It’s not like he went to a SEC school or North Carolina where school was not mandatory. They had special “tutors” and professors to deal with pesky things such as class, tests, papers, etc.

  32. niners816 Although I hate Seattle and their pathetic, and new “fans”
    ——————————
    Great…yet another Niner-whiner who thinks the Seahawks had no fan-base in the 25 years before the league moved us to the NFC West. Go cry in your buttery chardonnay.

  33. They drafted a couple good rookies. If he came back they’d have to have 4 RB on the roster, because those RB aren’t making it to the practice squad. I think he’s done folks. I trust Marshawn’s word.

  34. I’m setting the over/under of how long before he’s living in his car at 4 years.

  35. digitalsasquatch says:

    Great…yet another Niner-whiner who thinks the Seahawks had no fan-base in the 25 years before the league moved us to the NFC West. Go cry in your buttery chardonnay.

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    The reason why people think that is that it’s true. Seahawks had bad attendance in the mid-1990s, and the team seized upon that to justify the new stadium. Thus, you’ll find quotes like this one from the Seattle Times in 1995 if you Google around a little bit:
    “An analysis by The Seattle Times shows the team did not make a profit last year. But the losses were driven by empty seats caused by the club’s third straight last-place finish, and by one of the highest player payrolls in the National Football League.”

  36. jtwp61 says:
    Jun 6, 2016 1:57 PM
    Former players claim that retirement papers do not exist. What would be the purpose if they did? Are you forced to stay retired?
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    No, but you cannot be a free agent upon your unretirement. Your old team would still own your rights.

  37. I live 10 minutes from Levi’s stadium and haven’t seen a 9er fan since 2014, then I come here and there’s boatloads of those insecure suburb dwellers. What gives?

  38. Never gave it that much thought, but this could be about Carol throwing a pass on the half yard line, loosing the Super Bowl. That would make me mad too. Presumable beast mode would have brought the SB home to Seattle. ultimate dis-respect.

  39. Say what you want niner fans, but we OWN you now. Absolutely OWN you. Go polish each others trophies and burn your jerseys. You lames are just here to amuse us now.

  40. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says:
    Jun 6, 2016 4:42 PM

    digitalsasquatch says:

    Great…yet another Niner-whiner who thinks the Seahawks had no fan-base in the 25 years before the league moved us to the NFC West. Go cry in your buttery chardonnay.

    ——————–
    The reason why people think that is that it’s true. Seahawks had bad attendance in the mid-1990s, and the team seized upon that to justify the new stadium. Thus, you’ll find quotes like this one from the Seattle Times in 1995 if you Google around a little bit:
    “An analysis by The Seattle Times shows the team did not make a profit last year. But the losses were driven by empty seats caused by the club’s third straight last-place finish, and by one of the highest player payrolls in the National Football League.”
    _________________________________
    Regardless of what went on 21 years ago, the Seahawks have been to the playoffs in 11 of the last 14 seasons…second only to the Pats. They also went to 3 SB’s in the last decade…no team has been there more. Our fans have mostly been fans longer than 14 years, but most of the rest have been there for at least 14 years…just stop trying to act like all Hawk fans are bandwagoners…so childish.

  41. I know, I used to see tons of 49ers fans, but they are scarce these days. It is a great time to be a fan of the 1st place Cardinals!

  42. @Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther
    People giving 49er fans a pass for jumping ship on their team after only one bad season, but then Seahawk fans are hailed as bandwagoners after finally being fed up with the nightmare known as Ken Behring for a decade smh. 49er fans are by far the least loyal in the NFL

  43. 49ers fans are terrible. But there are a ton of Seahawk bandwagon, I see plenty of Seahawk stuff in my geographic area, and it’s only been like that for two years. Those people are bandwagon fans!

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