Marshawn Lynch had a solid retirement. He rode camels in Egypt, hung out with college football players in Australia, and played bagpipes in Scotland. Oh, and he retained the muscle mass that makes him capable of bowling over a 305-pound Pro Bowl defensive tackle:
Marshawn Lynch just ran over Jurrell Casey pic.twitter.com/nXjpLgL18m— Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) September 10, 2017
Lynch didn’t score any touchdowns in the Raiders’ 26-16 victory over the Titans on Sunday. On a first-quarter drive, Oakland opted to throw three passes to Amari Cooper, all of which fell incomplete, instead of giving Lynch the ball. (Sounds familiar.) But he ran for 76 yards and snagged a pass for 16 more, and he got those yards by playing like Marshawn Lynch always has.
Here he is flipping some soon-to-be-trucked Titan two birds:
Football was boring without Marshawn Lynch pic.twitter.com/gPYypDgdDD— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 10, 2017
And of course, he didn’t talk to press for more than the bare minimum amount of time he had to:
Marshawn interrupts Del Rio presser to say that he was available for 3 minutes, and is leaving. “I’m good, right?”— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 10, 2017
All of this goes to say: This was the Marshawn Lynch we know and love, in playing style, personality, and conviction. The NFL was worse without him.