It’s still hard to believe that Marshawn Lynch has decided to retire. Sure, it’s been rumored for a few seasons, but now that it’s a reality, it will be hard to imagine football without Beast Mode.
As you can imagine the Seahawks will miss Lynch. Not just his production on the field, but you get the sense that everyone liked him personally as well. In fact, team brass was so fond of him, that nobody will wear his number 24 jersey this upcoming season. To put that in context, the team drafted 10 players and signed 13 more rookie free agents, but they’ll all have to chose another number.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will retire his jersey just yet, but in the immediate term, this is the ultimate sign of respect for a guy who meant so much to the organization.
“One of my last conversations with Marshawn was that nobody was going to wear No. 24 this year in the regular season,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday during an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk show.