Marshawn Lynch, should he really be retired, is going off in style. The former Seahawks and Bills running back was seen riding a camel in desert-like conditions and dancing to rapper Tay Way while in Egypt for a camp run by American Football Without Barriers.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 28, 2016
Lynch, seemed to be announcing his retirement when the 29-year-old tweeted a picture of cleats being hung up on Feb. 7.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
Should he officially retire, it would mark the end of an impressive career.
Lynch was the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of California, by the Buffalo Bills. The hard-charging running back gained over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. But after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in 2009, the NFL hit him with a three-game suspension and the Bills decided to trade him to the Seahawks four games into the 2010 season, acquiring fourth- and fifth-round picks.
The move has turned out to be a steal, like so many others in the Pete Carroll-era.
From 2011–14 Lynch recorded four straight seasons of 1,200-plus yards. The best being his 1,590-yard season in 2012 that earned him an All-Pro distinction.
The highlight play, though, was his now-famous 67-yard run through, around, and past the Saints defense in the Wild Card round of the 2010 NFL Playoffs that let the rest of the NFL world know that Beast Mode had officially arrived in Seattle.
As he grew, so did the team’s profile drafting talented players like Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor as the Seahawks suddenly turned into an NFL power, winning back-to-back NFC titles as well as Super Bowl XLVIII.