While the football world was busy wondering if it was watching Peyton Manning ride the Broncos defense off into the sunset of retirement, another All-Pro had people wondering if he was calling it quits, himself.
But rather than face the bombardment of questions that Manning faced in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50 and again after the Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10, Seahawks running back -- and notorious avoider of the media spotlight -- kept everyone guessing with this one simple, cryptic tweet:
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So, did Marshawn Lynch really tweet out his retirement?
While than question remains at least not entirely answered, his teammates sure seemed convinced Beast Mode is hanging 'em up:
Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch ... It was an honor sharing the field with you.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 8, 2016
@MoneyLynch for President— Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) February 8, 2016
Other players believe it, too.
Congrats to my brother @MoneyLynch on a great career!!!!— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuck) February 8, 2016
GOAT way to retire from one of my favorite players EVER to play against. Inhuman strength and mentality. https://t.co/JiqliL9tkr— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 8, 2016
My brother thank you for all you did for this game. Congrats on a great career and being the realest ever https://t.co/i7cwiYtJyM— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) February 8, 2016
The media reacted, as well.
If that @MoneyLynch is indeed his retirement announcement in the middle of the Super Bowl, that's the most Marshawn Lynch thing ever.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 8, 2016
Amazing how similar the careers of Marshawn Lynch and HOF RB Earl Campbell turned out to be... pic.twitter.com/Fua5dAIYo9— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 8, 2016
It looks like Marshawn Lynch just announced his retirement on Twitter without saying a single word: https://t.co/R3yBAGNXY2— Complex (@ComplexMag) February 8, 2016
Some blamed Super Bowl 50 for Lynch's decision.
.@NFL this game is so bad it made Marshawn Lynch quit football— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 8, 2016
I will always remember this game as the one that convinced Marshawn Lynch to retire.— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) February 8, 2016
And finally, mother knows best?