Marshawn Lynch never publicly stated he was done playing NFL football. The enigmatic Seattle Seahawks running back simply posted a photo of cleats hanging from a wire during the Super Bowl to signal a plan to step away near the height of his powers.
The 30-year old Oakland native still hasn’t filed retirement papers, leading many to speculate he could return in 2016 and play for the hometown he loves.
Lynch ended that talk during an interview with 60 Minutes Sports set to air Tuesday on Showtime when asked specifically about a return to play for the Raiders.
“No, I’m done,” Lynch said. “I’m done. Now I’m going to watch my cousins do their thing.”
Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson was also interviewed for the feature segment, and mentioned playing for the Raiders as a fitting final chapter to a stories career.
“If you could write the perfect story for the last year of his career, if he played again, coming back to Oakland makes sense, right?” Hendrickson said. “The reality is that he told me he’s done. Selfishly, I’d like him to play another year or two to make sure he’s cemented in the Hall of Fame.”
Hendrickson was asked about the odds of Lynch changing his mind and said, “I’ll never say never.”
Lynch erased all doubt when asked a third time about a comeback.
“I’m retired. Is that good enough?” Lynch said. “Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore.”