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Retirement Marshawn is the best Marshawn

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Over a nine-year NFL career, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns, including a stretch from 2011 to 2014 where he was arguably the most valuable running back in the league as he helped the Seattle Seahawks reach two Super Bowls. And yet, I'm almost happier that he's retired now because we get to see Marshawn totally be himself as he chooses what interviews to do rather than see him forced in a box of interviews that he shuns every week.

Such was the case on 60 Minutes Sports this month.

Saying awesome things is obviously not new to Marshawn...

And he always knew how to capitalize on his soundbite moments, whether it's the Beast Mode brand or appearances on The League or selling Skittles, but I think that the version of Marshawn who is free to go about his day, his business, and his interview opportunities as he chooses them to be, is the best Marshawn of all. With any luck, he'll have regular weekly segments on one of the Sunday morning shows every season or just his own damn reality show. Except that I don't think anybody could ever "Keep Up" with him.

Here's a behind-the-scenes segment from Marshawn's appearance on 60 Minutes Sports.