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The 4 Most Impactful Retirements Of The 2016 Offseason

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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. 

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

After 11 seasons with the Steelers, we will unfortunately no longer be hearing “Heeeaaath” chants on Sundays. Finishing his career with over 6,500 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns, Miller was always a fan favorite for his resilience as a pass catcher and a blocker. The Steelers will surely miss the durability that Miller possessed, as he only missed a total of eight regular season games in his entire career. Although Miller may not make the Hall of Fame he certainly made the most of his career, finishing with three Super Bowl appearances and winning two of them. Now the team must turn to the 6-foot-7 tight end from Penn State they drafted this past season to fill the void. 

Jared Allen, Carolina Panthers

Announcing his retirement through a video on Twitter in which he “rides off into the sunset” perfectly summed up Allen’s personality while in the NFL. After playing six of his 12 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings,  Allen was always known for his tenaciousness, which was illustrated by his 136 total career sacks. He is also currently tied with three other players for the second-most sacks in a single season at 22, which he was able to achieve in the 2011 season. The Panthers won’t have much difficulty replacing Allen, but he will forever be remembered for his personality and talent both on and off the field. 

Riding off into the sunset

— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (Pending)

At the moment Johnson is unsure whether he is going to retire after playing his ninth season with the Lions in 2015. One the greatest wide receivers to step on a football field, Johnson would finish his career with 11,619 receiving yards. Leaving the game with the single-season record for receiving yards with 1,964 set in 2012, Johnson should be inducted in the Hall of Fame. We can only hope that this freak of nature will stay at least one more season, but if he doesn’t due to the devastating health problems that an NFL career brings with it, no one can blame him.

Edited by Emily Berman, Coleman Gray.

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