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Marshawn Lynch leaves lasting legacy with Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch retired from football earlier this week in typical Lynch fashion – without saying a word. Sunday after the Super Bowl was over, Lynch simply tweeted out a picture of a pair of neon green cleats hanging over a wire and a “peace” emoji.

Monday, Doug Hendrickson, Lynch’s long-time agent, confirmed his client was retiring.

Lynch might be the biggest enigma to emerge in the NFL in recent memory. He’s a player every Seahawk to a man says is a great teammate, yet one seemingly often at odds with coaches and the rest of the organization. Then, of course, theirs is prickly relationship with the NFL, and his complete distain of playing the media game.

On the field though is where Lynch should be most remembered, and for many years he carried the entire Seahawks offense on his broad shoulders and strong legs. From 2011 through 2015, Lynch ran for 51 touchdowns, most in the NFL, and his 937 postseason rushing yards is eighth in NFL history.

But, of course, no mention of Lynch’s on-field exploits can compete with the images of him fighting through contact. According to ESPN, in the five-year span from 2011-2015, Lynch’s 2,659 yards after contact was second only to sure-fire Hall of Famer. The Beast Quake run over and through the New Orleans Saints defense remains his signature moment.

Check out “Marshawn Lynch’s Top 5 Beast Mode Moments” as posted by the NFL itself last month.

So, is Lynch a Hall-of-Famer? There’s a five-year waiting period for us all to find out, and 35 NFL players have rushed for more yards than Lynch. But, there a big case for his inclusion can be made, and here’s hoping he makes it, if only to hear if he’d address the media upon his induction at Canton.

Photo Credit:  Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports

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Ray Hartjen

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