This should put an end to the incessant rumors.
Marshawn Lynch’s tells 60 Minutes Sports in its latest episode that will air for the first time Tuesday night that he is indeed retired. It’s the first time the Seahawks’ star running back has uttered the exact word publicly since he tweeted his hanging-up-the-spikes photo in early February during the Super Bowl.
People for months have been speculating that Lynch, 30, may want to play again, if not for Seattle than his hometown Oakland Raiders, perhaps. When Lynch didn’t send to the Seahawks and league his official retirement papers through May, those rumors grew. Almost every time a Seahawks player gave a national interview this spring -- such as Richard Sherman to former Seahawks Michael Robinson of NFL Network -- the subject of Lynch possibly returning came up.
That led to analysis of the NFL rules on what constitutes a player’s retirement -- and the fact Seattle owns his playing right for two more years thanks to the contract extension he signed before the 2015 season.
If Lynch declaring on national television the words “I’m done...I’m retired...I’m not playing football anymore” doesn’t end the questions of whether he wants to play again, nothing will.
By the way, did you catch Lynch in a San Jose hockey jersey with 24 and “Beast Mode” on the back opening the door for the Sharks’ grand locker-room exit just before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night down the road from Oakland?
Watching championship hockey on CBC and Lynch shows up. Of course.