Remember when Marshawn Lynch shrugged off the entire New Orleans Saints’ defense en route to a 67-yard touchdown run to lead the Seattle Seahawks to one of the biggest upsets in recent NFL Playoff history? Because it appears that Lynch does, and he wants some more.
The 33-year-old running back, who retired (for a second time) after an injury-shortened final season with the Oakland Raiders in 2018, announced that he’s rejoining the Seahawks via his agent yesterday. He’ll be joined by former Seahawks teammate Robert Turbin, also a running back, who has last played for the Colts in 2018.
Rumors of a Seahawks-Beast Mode reunion started circulating last week when Lynch posted a video to his YouTube channel suggesting he’d be open to ending his retirement. “I’ve been entertaining the idea of maybe going back to go play for Seattle for this playoff run … this is a great opportunity to come in, be able to help when needed. Get in, do my little thing and then get out. Hopefully be able to help them go and get the Super Bowl that they should be playing for.”
Those rumors came to fruition after Seahawks running backs Chris Carson (hip fracture) and CJ Prosise (broken arm) sustained season-ending injuries against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Lynch played six seasons for the Seahawks from after being traded by the Buffalo Bills in 2010, amassing more than 6,000 yards and 57 touchdowns while winning one Super Bowl (against the Denver Broncos in 2014) and losing another (to the New England Patriots in 2015). Seahawks coach Pete Carroll infamously opted to pass rather than hand the ball to Lynch from the two-yard line late in the fourth quarter of the latter game, leading to a Malcolm Butler interception that sealed the game for New England.
If they find themselves in a similar situation this January, it’s easy to imagine a moment of sweet, sweet vindication coming Lynch’s way.
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