Marshawn Lynch, the terrifying Seattle Seahawks RB has announced his retirement from the NFL, making the announcement in his own inimitable fashion during the middle of the Super Bowl via a twitter post. In what was a surprising, if not heavily suspected move, Lynch confirmed that he would no longer be participating competitively in the NFL. Linemen and linebackers up and down the league breathed a sigh of relief as the news was confirmed this morning. Having taken $49.7 Million in salary over his 9 years career, he isn’t exactly topping out the salary cap, but how much money is left of that total? Apparently, $49.7 Million. Lynch was reportedly one of the most frugal stars in the NFL, and lived almost exclusively off of his reported $5 million a year in endorsements, not shabby considering one of his main sponsors was Skittles. The 29 year old started his Rookie season for the Buffalo Bills as a 12th pick on a five year contract for $19M, taking $14M of that before being traded to the Seahawks on a $30M four year extension. One year into a $24M, two year contract, he’s cutting his losses as just shy of $50M in the bank. The man was more than his bank balance, he cultivated an entire cult around himself, captivating audiences with his dismissal of the media, and his “BeastMode” moniker (which he cannily registered as a trademark). He built a following around his particular method of playing, and living, and will make an interesting candidate for enshrinement in the HOF 5 years from now. Having toyed with the idea of retirement for over two seasons now, the event of this season have, seemingly, made his mind up. Having suffered the first major injury of his career this season, and being outshone by rookie Thomas Rawls, Lynch elected to call it before he faded out. In typical Lynch fashion, he announced his retirement on his Twitter account, by posting an image of his cleats, hanging from a telephone wire, with a “Peace” Emoji underneath. The NFL has confirmed his official retirement, mid-Super Bowl, a typically shy move from Lynch, a player known to want the media spotlight elsewhere. You have to know when it’s time to retire, and Lynch is an example of how you do it with style and planning. It looks like one of those years where the landscape of the entire league changes with Lynch joining Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning and possibly Jared Allen as potential HoF candidates to walk away. As always with the NFL though, the wheels keep on turning and new superstars are born.