There was a time when Shaun Alexander was the king of Seattle sports. At his peak, he led his team to the Super Bowl with 1,800+ rushing yards and an MVP trophy.
But after that season, the rest of his career was injury-riddled and mediocre at best before he was released. He seemed to have lost his "pizazz."
Since his release, Seattle gave a lot of subpar running backs chances to win the starting job, from Julius Jones, to Justin Forsett, to even Edgerrin James. None of them panned out.
Fast forward to 2012, and Seattle has finally found the running back of their future: Marshawn Lynch.
It seemed like at the beginning of the 2011 season, Lynch was kind of floating around, not really doing much. But at the halfway point in the season, Lynch exploded and finished off the season with 1,200+ rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
And who could forget his memorable run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 playoffs?
Because of this success, the "beast mode" and "skittles" gimmicks were born.
At the age of 25, one has to think he can have another four consistent seasons before his decline begins.
In that time, will he be able to overtake Shaun Alexander's legacy in Seattle?
He would have to keep running like this consistently and he also would have to lead this team to a Super Bowl.
I know Alexander's final years in Seattle were really pathetic to watch, but when you think of the 2005 Seattle Seahawks, the first thing that comes to mind (besides blown calls by the refs) is Shaun Alexander.
You can have all the running success in the world, but it's hard to make your resume credible without a Super Bowl appearance or two.
The way the Seahawks are looking right now, there's no reason why they can't at least make a serious Super Bowl run in the next five years.
Lynch already has a trademark running style, a marketable gimmick and a fan base that loves him, but a Super Bowl run will ultimately decide Lynch's faith.
Only time will tell if he can fulfill that task.