The Seattle Seahawks gave fans an early Christmas present on Monday, signing franchise icon Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.
He will join his former teammate, Robert Turbin, in Seattle’s new (old?) backfield ahead of their crucial Week 17 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
Beast Mode’s return caused quite the stir on social media. Lynch was an icon in Seattle, where he played from 2010-2015. His ‘beastquake’ run in the playoffs against New Orleans is perhaps the most iconic play in franchise history, and his goofy personality, love of skittles, and relationship with the media made him an international superstar.
Reaction on Twitter after Lynch’s signing was immediate, which is understandable after the reunion was teased nearly 12 hours earlier by Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN’s Monday morning radio show.
Fans, celebrities, athletes, and former Seahawks all jumped on social media to give their take on Lynch’s return to the Emerald City.
The Seahawks will take on the 49ers on Sunday night in what will be perhaps the most anticipated regular season game of the entire NFL season.
Kickoff is slated for 5:20 p.m. PT.