Marshawn Lynch is seemingly in the prime of his NFL career right now, but will the 27-year-old really announce his retirement this summer? This afternoon, The MMQB dropped an article which had writer Robert Klemko tag along with Richard Sherman as his family, girlfriend and friends celebrated the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos.
There are plenty of gems to take away from the piece, including a part where Sherman claims that the Seahawks figured out a couple of the hand signals that Peyton Manning used for his audibles:
“All we did was play situational football,” Sherman says. “We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half.”
He demonstrates the signs Manning used for various routes, and says he and his teammates were calling out plays throughout the game and getting them right. “Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor]… we’re not just three All-Pro players. We’re three All-Pro minds,” Sherman says. “Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.”
However, in the last paragraph of the piece, Klemko adds this little tidbit of information that immediately grabbed our attention:
At 4:08 a.m., Sherman is on his feet. The celebration continues to roar upstairs, and Sherman wants to see at least a portion of the concert. Ashley helps him up, hands him his crutches and holds his drink. He gets to the elevator just as Lynch and a half dozen of his friends pour in, stumbling like children run amok. Lynch is still stiff and cool, still wrapped in the same face-warmer, hoodie up. Lynch has been telling teammates all season he’ll retire if they win the Super Bowl. Sherman doesn’t believe him.
What? We're in the same boat as Sherman on this one. But hey, you never know. Then, this was the very next couple of sentences.
In the lobby upstairs, they put their heads together and Lynch whispers something inaudible through the mask. Sherman laughs and screams, “You reneged!”
It sounds like Lynch is coming back next year, folks! Or, at least we hope. To check out the entire piece, click here.
[via The MMQB]