Marshawn Lynch is retired. He has made that clear multiple times: “I’m done. I enjoyed my time playing. Now it’s time to watch my cousins do they thing,” he told 60 Minutes Sports last June. Said former teammate Michael Robinson: “I called Beast Mode. Record this, everybody, please. Marshawn Lynch is retired. He told me from his own mouth. He said, ‘Dude, I’m not going anywhere.'”
The Raiders might be calling Lynch’s bluff.
Oakland, in need of a running back after Latavius Murray signed a free-agent deal with the Vikings on Thursday, is “strongly considering” bringing Lynch out of retirement and onto its roster, according to ESPN.
In order to eliminate that confusion, the league apparently is making a dance video to show what’s right and wrong. This is a tactic they’ve used in the past for other rules changes, such as showing players what is (and isn’t) a catch, and how to properly tackle.
Even though the video isn’t out yet, at least one player is upset at just the idea that it needs to be made. Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin voiced his thoughts on Twitter saying, “[The] NFL [needs] to [be] worried [about] a lot of other s— than worrying about a dude celebrating.”
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Irvin isn’t the only one who feels this way, but he’s the Make Your Own Cheap Jerseys most recent outspoken critic. During the season, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, who was penalized numerous times for his celebrations, called for the league to explain what’s within the rulebook.
“You know you can’t really complain about the rules. You always want to stay positive, but in the midst of everything it feels like we need more clarification in regards to what I can and cannot do,” Brown said in October. “Excessive celebrating shouldn’t cost more than guys hitting guys in the helmet.”