On a night when an aging future Hall of Famer was winning a Super Bowl and declining to announce whether or not he'll be retiring before next season, another possible future enshrinee called it a career.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, known for his bruising, powerful running and for his indifference toward sharing his feelings with the media, announced his retirement in the most Lynch way: a wordless tweet, showing his cleats hanging from a wire.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
Far from confirmation, the meaning of the 29-year-old's post became clearer and clearer as those close to him started reacting.
Including his mom.
When one door closes God opens another one even better thank you Jesus!!!!! pic.twitter.com/QwB7CYUorT
— Delisa Lynch (@MommaLynch24) February 8, 2016
His quarterback, Russell Wilson.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 8, 2016
All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch … It was an honor sharing the field with you.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 8, 2016
And Seahawks owner Paul Allen.
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) February 8, 2016
In nine NFL seasons, Lynch, aka "Beast Mode," amassed 9,112 rushing yards, 1,979 receiving yards, and 83 total touchdowns. He led the league in rushing scores in 2013 and 2014.
After three-plus years with the Buffalo Bills, he was traded to the Seahawks during the 2010 season for two draft picks.
The Cal alumnus required surgery on a sports hernia in 2015 and missed nine regular season games before making his return in the postseason, carrying six times for 20 yards.
In addition to his consistency on the field and his love of Skittles, Lynch will be remembered for two of the most epic runs in NFL history.
The first, known now as the "Beast Quake," came in a 2010 NFL wild card game against the New Orleans Saints (skip ahead to the 1:40 mark).
Followed by a career-long run against the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.
The league is going to miss him.