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Will He be a Hall of Famer? - Marshawn Lynch

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I brought this up briefly in my last article and most agreed that as of right now - no. This is true right now Marshawn Lynch does not have the numbers to get into the Hall of Fame, but will he by the end of his career? Obviously there is no way to know for sure but it's the off-season and there's nothing better to do so let's pretend we can see the future.

Right now, Lynch has 7389 yards and 58 touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry.There are a total of 12 modern era Hall of Famers at the Running Back position. All of them have at least 10,000 yards and 70 touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch will easily reach those credentials by the end of his career - barring a freak injury.

Lynch's 4.2 YPC isn't the greatest but it shouldn't hold him back as the current HOF's average 4.3 YPC combined. This year, Jerome Bettis was not voted into the Hall of Fame this year despite his 91 career touchdowns - largely due to his underwhelming 3.9 career YPC average. Only one Hall of Fame RB averaged under 4 YPC.

This is the part where I get crucified, it's hard to predict what Lynch's stats will end up looking like by the time he retires. He is a 27 year old workhorse but he is showing no signs of slowing down. The best player to compare him to for me would be Frank Gore. Like Lynch, Gore was also 27 during his 7th season in the league. 3 years later he is still at the top of his game, rushing for 1128 yards and 9 TD's for the 49ers last season.

Now, comparing Lynch to Gore we can safely give him 1,000 yards and 8 TD's for the next 3 seasons - again, always barring injury. That would bring his total yards to 10,389 yards and 82 TD's. If he continues to play longer than that we can safely put him in 11,000/90 territory. Now, Jerome Bettis - as stated recently did not get elected despite his 13,000 + rushing yards and 91 TD's, but I think the 4.2 YPC Lynch has vs. Bettis' 3.9 means more than you would think. Bettis retired after a Super Bowl victory, despite the common perception rings are not taken into extreme consideration especially for Running Backs.

It will be close and he won't be a first ballot Hall of Famer but I would say at this rate Marshawn Lynch will eventually be elected into the Hall of Fame. Bout that action boss.

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