Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, in a social media post, intimated that he is retiring after nine seasons in the NFL. Lynch was only able to play seven games because of injuries last season. Calvin Johnson, the dynamic, high flying, wide receiver for the Detroit Lions is reportedly close to announcing his retirement, after nine seasons. Johnson has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons.
Understand, Lynch and Johnson are still great players, who are as good as anyone in the game.
Although Lynch and Johnson have indestructible nicknames, _Beast Mode and Megatron, respectively, they gave and took a lot of punishment in their nine seasons.
Both are financially secure, according to reports. Lynch, 29, has earned $50 million. Johnson, 30, has earned $112 million. Although neither has said anything about their health_ and we know Beast Mode is not going to say much _ it is a likely factor.
In recent years, more and more information has been coming out regarding health issues of NFL players. The movie ‘Concussion’, has put a real face on the problem.
A trend is slowly forming. Last year, linebacker Patrick Willis, a seven-time Pro Bowler for the 49ers retired at age 30 because of foot problems. His teammate, Chris Borland, retired at 24, after only one season, because of his concern over concussions.
What is also interesting about this is the status of the teams. One notion about Johnson’s retirement is because he plays in Detroit, which only made the playoffs two of his nine seasons.
However, Lynch has played on Super Bowl caliber teams in Seattle for years. His team is in the playoff hunt every season.soe
Now, every player who decides to retire, will have his own reasons. So, we will never get just one answer as to why. Some will play just because they love it, and others will play because they need the money, and health will certainly factor in more and more.
What fans, at least some fans, seem to be unwilling to understand is that professional football is a business venture, which can be very lucrative, and hazardous.
Beast Mode and Megatron are contemplating an opportunity to leave the game profitable, somewhat healthy, and under their own terms. There aren’t very many professional athletes who can say that.