The 2015 NFL season has come to an end. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have won the super bowl, but could this have been Manning’s Final game as well? And in a surprising, if not obnoxiously timed announcement, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch announced he would retire from the NFL.
What was obnoxious of the previous statement was how it was delivered. During the Super Bowl, Lynch tweeted a photo of his cleats hung up. This was a clear grab for attention in the middle of an event that was centered on what could have been Peyton’s final game.
Lynch, also known as Beast Mode, has a very impressive set of states under his belt. Lynch has played in the NFL for nine years, and in those nine years, he has racked up 74 touchdowns and has averaged a little over 9,000 yards in rushing.
Lynch has been seen as a force to be reckoned with in the NFL and has been highly regarded in for everything he has done in the time he played. Generally, running backs don’t last long in the NF; Lynch has been in the League for nine seasons. That’s a lot of punishment on his body.
The dynamic of the league won’t really change, but the Seahawks overall roster line up will have to change to compensate for the loss of such a pivotal member of their lineup. The other question on the table is whether or not Peyton Manning, after what has seemed like an eternity in the NFL, will finally retire.
Without a doubt, Manning is going down in history as one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He has come back from what could have been a career-ending neck injury to play for the Broncos, then a few seasons later win a Super Bowl with them. Recently he has also broken the records for the most career passing touchdowns.
The one question that came up immediately after winning the Super Bowl was Peyton Manning going to retire after this game? Smartly, Manning didn’t get caught up in the heat of the moment and make anything official, but it does raise some questions.
He is not a 20-year-old quarterback but a 40-year-old quarterback. And eventually as the Sheriff gets older and older and refuses to ride off into the sunset. The Broncos will have to realize that he will become a liability. And sooner or later if he stays in the league that neck injury could come back up.