Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has called time on his nine year NFL career after retiring from the game this week.
Twitter was flooded in response to the picture of the 29 year old’s cleats hanging up that marked his farewell, with the hashtag #thankyoubeastmode.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was quick to show his respect for his teammate.
The powerhouse helped his side to Super Bowl 48 glory against the Denver Broncos two years ago but has been limited this season due to lengthy injury layoffs.
He bows out having recorded a total of 937 yards in postseason games- the 8th highest total in NFL history. His strength and running ability saw him become an important part to Seattle’s offense and earned him his label ‘beastmode’.
After being drafted by the Bills in 2007, Lynch passed 1000 rushing yards in his first two seasons for Buffalo before being traded to the Seahawks in 2010.
Seattle benefited from his qualities as he recorded the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL in both 2013 and 2014. He went on to record a total of 9,112 rushing yards over the course of his career.
Fans will remember him for what a huge character he was and for his commitment to the team.
The press would often find him to be a difficult man to interview. It was always something for the media to look forward to when he did talk to them though, as shown by his interview before last year’s Super Bowl when he said: “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.”
He could take hit after hit and still find a way to bully his way through tackles while carrying defenders along the way. This is most famously proven by his remarkable 79 yard touchdown run against the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.
He enjoyed the battle and embraced the recklessness that came with defenders doing everything possible to stop his running game.
Former NFL scout Louis Riddick told the Seattle Times: “He’s one of those guys that if the highest number you can give for competitiveness is a five, you’d give him a five-plus because you can’t deny it.”
Marshawn Lynch’s retirement marks the beginning of the search for the next exciting and dominant running back.