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Marshawn Lynch delivers a pitch-perfect retirement ‘announcement’

Sunday, February 7, 6:46 p.m. Pacific Time:

The Carolina Panthers kick off to the Denver Broncos, trailing by six points with 10:21 to play in the Super Bowl.

Andre Caldwell returns the kick from his goal line to the Broncos’ 24-yard line. TV timeout.

Marshawn Lynch retires.

6:47 p.m. HEY, IT’S DRAKE IN A T-MOBILE COMMERCIAL!  OH, HE’S JUST HILARIOUS!


Wait, what was that in the middle?

Lynch has hinted at retirement following each of the past few seasons. This time, it looks like he means it as this “announcement” was later verified by some of Marshawn’s teammates, his agent and the Seahawks’ owner, Paul Allen.

Some people on Twitter accused Lynch of seeking attention with the timing of this post, trying to hog the spotlight from the Big Game.

Yes, because Marshawn Lynch has always loved the spotlight, has always wanted to be the center of attention.

Lynch was never going to call some sort of press conference to mark the end of his NFL career. I’m pretty sure he hates the sports media more than he enjoys Skittles. This is exactly how Beast Mode should go out: Saying a lot without saying anything at all. I have no doubt that the timing of the post was very calculated. 

And just how awesome is that tweet? Lynch conveys his message loud and clear while also giving a heavy shout-out to the people and the neighborhoods (specifically in Oakland) that formed him into the man he became. He obviously never forgot about them.

Lynch should be regarded as the fiercest and most punishing back of this decade. He’s not a Hall of Famer, not that he likely cares about such an honor. But he leaves behind a highlight reel full of plays that are true to who he is. This tweet follows that path. 

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