WASHINGTON — Marshawn Lynch shared his plans to retire in the most Beast Mode way ever Sunday night.
No words were used. Without calling a press conference or even issuing a statement through Seahawks PR, Lynch simply posted a photo of his action green cleats hanging from a power line, along with a peace sign emoji, onto Twitter during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50.
It has since been retweeted over 198,000 times as of this writing, and set off a wave a social media tributes to his 9-year NFL career.
Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch ... It was an honor sharing the field with you.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 8, 2016
Love you Money. Hate to see you go but proud of all you've accomplished. Most G way i've ever seen anyone retire. https://t.co/fARfzJTjCR— Nick Sundberg (@NickSundberg) February 8, 2016
Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, has since confirmed to the Associated Press Lynch’s intention to retire.
Lynch ranks 36th all-time in rushing yards (9,112) — behind Ahman Green (35th) and ahead of Terry Allen (37th) — and is tied with two other backs for 24th in rushing touchdowns (74) since being drafted 12th overall by the Bills in 2007.
The Bills have had only one 1,000-yard rusher — C.J. Spiller (1,244 yards in 2012) — since trading Lynch to Seattle in 2010. Lynch has rushed for 1,000 or more yards four times since then, including a career-best 1,590 yards in 2012.
The Bills received a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick (which became a fifth-rounder) in 2012 in return for Lynch, which they would use to draft offensive lineman Chris Hairston (2011) and linebacker Tank Carder (2012). Hairston made 15 starts for the Bills over four seasons and is now with the Chargers, and Carder never made it past final roster cuts in Buffalo and is now with the Browns.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Lynch’s six postseason games with at least 100 yards rushing are third behind only Terrell Davis and Emmitt Smith, who each had seven.
Lynch rushed for 288 yards, and scored four touchdowns, during a playoff run to Seattle’s first Super Bowl title in 2014.
He ranks No. 1 all-time in retirement announcements and golf cart celebrations.