Which important NFL players will be hanging it up this offseason?
Countless studies and articles recently have been released on the lasting effects of concussions on former NFL players. This has not only damaged the reputation of the NFL, but more importantly has shown the damage that the lives of these players have taken as a result of the NFL. As more ex-players continue to tell stories relating to vision impairment, memory loss, and other maladies, the likelihood of productive players retiring will increase dramatically. This could prove to be detrimental to the NFL, as large contract offers given to superstar players make it much more appealing to take the money and retire early. During this offseason we have already witnessed what used to be considered ”early” retirement decisions of some of the league’s most talented players, while also losing some more experienced veterans to a post-NFL life.
That being said, here are the most impactful retirements of the 2016 offseason:
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
After playing nine years in the NFL with both the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, Beast Mode has accumulated a total of 9,112 rushing yards and 74 rushing touchdowns. With these totals he ranks 36th all time in rushing yards, and 24th all time in rushing touchdowns. Always remembered for his unique personality and physicality on and off the field, Lynch will forever go down in history as one of the greatest postseason running backs with a total of 937 yards (4.8 yards per carry) in his career. The Seahawks will miss Lynch’s presence, but Thomas Rawls should have no issues taking over the RB role as he shined while starting in six games during the 2015 season.
Let’s also not forget Lynch was responsible for arguably the most exciting play to watch in NFL history.
Riding off into the sunset pic.twitter.com/wZXovseGKS— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
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