Or anyone for that matter
On Monday, my editor sent me this Seattle Seahawks pitch, asking if I would be interested in writing the piece—he already had the headline picked. I had to laugh a little bit at first because I actually had this conversation with my buddy at at a recent game.
The actual conversation wasn’t really about Marhawn Lynch versus Adrian Peterson; it was Marshawn Lynch versus any other running back. But that is the direction I am going to take this piece.
I was looking up at the rafters, admiring all the numbers that hang from the top of the stadium, and for the first time in a very long time, I am content in the fact that every number that deserves to be up there is there.
- 12 – For the fans, though we haven’t been living up to it lately
- 80 – Steve Largent, one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game
- 71 – Walter Jones, the best offensive lineman to ever play the game
- 96 – Cortez Kennedy, the one that took far too long to be raised
So I thought to myself, “Is there a current Seahawks player who I could see earning the right to his number hanging among the greatest players in Seattle, and the entire NFL for that matter, has ever seen?”
As much as some fans love Shaun Alexander, and everyone loves Matt Hasselbeck, neither deserves to have his number retired. That said, both deserve to be in the Ring of Honor, and joined by Mike Holmgren.
The only player that I could come up with was Marshawn. He’s not there yet, but he’s the only player that fills one simple distinguishing feature that is mandatory to me: I would’t trade him straight up for any player at his position in the NFL.
Many people would say that Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL, so he is the perfect player to whom we can compare Lynch.
Adrian averages more yards per carry, and he has more career attempts for more yards, but he also fumbles the ball a lot more frequently. I am a big proponent of holding on to the rock.
The other thing is, I like Marshawn more. I don’t think I have ever run into anyone who walked more angrily than Marshawn. Steven Jackson is probably the most intense I have ever seen, but Marshawn is the angriest.
Yes, he has had his run-ins with the law, but I can never forgive AP for saying that he was a “slave.” I think that was one of the worst things he could have ever said. It minimizes the conditions suffered by those who were slaves, and those who continue to be slaves to this day.
When we think of slaves, we tend go back to a dark time in United States history, but slavery has been a world wide issue that stems through every generation.
There is nothing even remotely similar to the situation in the NFL to that of slavery. I think that he’s a piece of trash for trying to make people feel sorry for his situation by minimizing those who truly have suffered.
Lynch has a bright future
Marshawn Lynch has so much to accomplish before he could ever have his number retired, but it is possible. Already, when I think of the number 24, my mind goes straight to Marshawn. It wasn’t long ago that 24 reminded me of Shawn Springs.
The Seahawks are about to make a serious run over the next several years. Marshawn is going to be a big part of that. At age 26, I would say he has about four more really productive years left, all of which could end with playoff births.
We all remember “Beastquake,” the best run in the history of the franchise—imagine if that had come in the Super Bowl. Personally, I would not be surprised if we see him do it. That run was one of the best, if not the best run in playoff history. That run in the Super Bowl would be “Miraculous Catch” great.
We won’t ever see him break Shaun Alexander’s team records for yards (9,429), or touchdowns (100). I do expect Marshawn to be to be close on Shaun’s heels in both categories before it is all said and done. Marshawn has been much better than Alexander in the playoffs, averaging twice as many yards per carry than his predecessor.
In my opinion, Lynch is the best running best running back the Seahawks have ever had, though my favorite is still Chris Warren.
As for the topic of trading Lynch for Peterson, given the choice between the “Slave” and the “Beast,” I will take 24 every day of the week, and twice on Sundays!