Amidst increasingly loud retirement rumors, the Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch looks like he just confirmed that this season was his last on the NFL gridiron.
Never one to be shy with symbolism, the 29-year-old tweeted an image of cleats quite literally hung up, along with a peace sign emoji. The tweet came just hours after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Lynch had already told friends that he was calling it quits.
Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch … It was an honor sharing the field with you.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 8, 2016
Lynch has been one of the top running backs in the NFL for the past half decade, but was hampered in 2015 by a nagging hamstring injury as well as a November abdominal surgery. Even after missing much of this season, Lynch has still totaled the most rushing touchdowns since 2011 with 51, and is among the top three in rushing yards, rushing first downs and carries as well.
Despite being one of the league’s premier running backs, “Beast Mode” is perhaps best known for the January 2015 press conference in which he told reporters, “Hey, I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” The quote instantly went viral.
Correction: The number of Lynch’s rushing yards in Super Bowl XLVIII was incorrectly reported in the previous version of this story. He totaled 39 rushing yards in that game.