Hawk on Hawk Action: Releasing the Beast

It's time to say goodbye

April 27, 2017

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What's up 12s


So, it is now official, we have just traded one of the greatest running backs that we have seen in the last decade, the beast himself, Marshawn Lynch.


Now there are mixed feeling all over the spectrum about this particular subject and I just wanted to share my thoughts.

Let me just start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed having Marshawn as a part of the team over 6 years. He was the dominant force that this team needed and he without a doubt was a key factor in the Hawks being one of the feared teams in the NFL. I LOVED that teams would know that he was coming and still had no answer for him. Time and time and time again, it was 3rd and short and a 1st down was inevitable because Marshawn Lynch was right behind Russell.


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But his time with us had to come to an end at some point and I think now is as good as any. He hasn't been an active player for us for 2 years. He was retired last year and was injured most of the year prior and his numbers were dwindling. Now, does that mean that he wont put up good numbers for Oakland(Las Vegas)? Not at all, power to him in fact. But he is still not going to be the quality that he was with us in 2012. At best, he's going to be a power runner helping to develop the younger players of the team that undoubtedly inspired him to play the game. His time of putting up record numbers and explosive "did you see that?" plays is, for the most part, behind him.


But I would ask that my fellow 12s not resent the man for leaving. We here in Seattle have been known to have a chip on our shoulder for great players that leave (A-rod was the big one). So I leave you with my fondest memory of Lynch. It was the NFC championship of the year we took it all. Us against the niners. undoubtedly the best game of that season, league-wide. we were neck and neck through most of it, but we were gaining a little bit of steam and we made it all the way down field. I was like a 1st and goal on the 3 or something, a gimme for the Beast, but he was hit awkwardly and he dropped the ball. Causing a turnover by the Niners that took the ball way too damned far in the wrong direction. Luckily, the boys fought and stopped them, but progress had to be reclaimed. it was 3rd and long, we were either close to the goal if not right on it, and Marshawn came to the huddle and demanded the ball. you could see that's what he wanted as soon as he got in there. And by God the man punched it in. The dedication to doing the job that he knew he was capable of was something that I really admired and I will miss about him. Best of luck to him with the Raiders and his final years in the NFL.


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That's all I've got for today 12s, what's your favorite Beast Mode memory? As always, if there's anything in particular that I can rant and rave about, let me know and I'll do some research and give you my thoughts! With that....Mike Hawk is OUT!