Lynch No. 40

Marshawn Lynch actually wears No. 24. But Pro Football Weekly ranks its Top 50 players in the NFL in this week’s issue and the Seahawks’ leading rusher checks in at No. 40.

Here’s what they had to say about Lynch: “Rushing for more than 100 yards in six of Seattle’s last nine games, Lynch finished with a career-high 1,204 yards and 12 rushing TDs (13 total). A bruising, between-the-tackles, downhill runner with make-you-miss ability, Lynch, who is a free agent, runs a lot bigger than his 5-foot-11, 215-pound size – with a ‘Beast Mode’ attitude that has endeared him to the Seahawks’ fan base. Having become the team’s offensive centerpiece and most popular player, Lynch’s re-signing is Pete Carroll’s No. 1 priority.”

No. 1 on PFW’s list? Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. In fact, the top four players are quarterbacks, as the Saints’ Drew Brees, the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Giants’ Eli Manning follow Rodgers’ in the rankings. You can check out the entire list here.

Lynch is the sixth running back on the list, behind the Ravens’ Ray Rice (11), Texans’ Arian Foster (13), Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew (17), Eagles’ LeSean McCoy and Saints’ Darren Sproles (25).

Lynch is currently in Hawaii, where he will represent the NFC in Sunday’s Pro Bowl along with teammates Earl Thomas, Michael Robinson, Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner.

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