Beast Mode Hangs It Up
Writer: Zarvea McArthur
Marshawn Lynch, the Former Buffalo Bill and Seattle Seahawk, has officially decided to call it quits after a 12 year career but not without his fair share of accolades. He is a Super Bowl Champ (would be two if Seattle had decided to run the ball), a 5x Pro Bowler, and was selected as All-Pro in 2012.
After being drafted with the 12th overall pick on April 28th, 2007 by the Buffalo Bills, he would go on to accumulate 2765 yards and 17 touchdowns and would represent the the team with a Pro Bowl appearance in his second year. This was also the year he posted his second 1000 yard season with the team, his first being his rookie year with 1115 yards.
By the time the season came where he only rushed for 450 yards on top of an incident with the law enforcement in Buffalo, he knew it was time for him to go. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2011 fourth round pick and a conditional 2012 pick, and there was born a legend. During the 2011 Wild Card game, he pulled off an unbelievable run that shook the earth to its core in what would eventually become known as the “Beast Quake,” thus earning his name “Beast Mode.”
While Lynch as a dominant running back will be remembered for his time in Seattle, he was also remembered by his infamous post game interviews. The one interview well known but most fans of football is the one on media day before Super Bowl 49, where he repeatedly said, “I’m only here so I won’t get fined.”
Unfortunately, Seattle lost the big game, and it signaled the end of Lynch’s career in Seattle, ending with a total of 6,347 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns.
After 10 years of playing in the NFL, Lynch would retire, but not for long because he would eventually come out of retirement to play his last two years in his hometown of Oakland, CA, where he would go on rush for 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns before he would call it quits.
Now, Lynch is out of the league after accumulating an astounding 10,379 rush yards and 84 touchdowns. In my opinion, these numbers are enough to make him a second ballot hall of famer, but regardless the Beast Quake will be forever remembered.
Thank you, Marshawn, for providing great entertainment for so many years and good luck to him in whatever adventure calls him next!