Marshawn Lynch Has Been Named The First Ever Chief Brand Ambassador For The NFL Players Association And Should Become The First Ever Ambassador For Humanity

Marshawn Lynch Has Been Named The First Ever Chief Brand Ambassador For The NFL Players Association And Should Become The First Ever Ambassador For Humanity

Marshawn Lynch to become chief brand ambassador for NFL Players Association

When he had something to say, Marshawn Lynch was never one to hold his opinion while forging a 12-year NFL career with brash, straight-talk bravado that mirrored the punishing on-field exploits of the former Seahawks star nicknamed “Beast Mode.”

Those traits will seemingly serve Lynch well in his new role as the first-ever chief brand ambassador for the NFL Players Association, which will work with retired players and current NFL athletes to “get the most out of football, providing strategic support and insight for the many athlete-driven programs, resources and revenue-growth opportunities available to players.”

“I’m always trying to make the most out of my time and opportunities,” Lynch said in a statement released by the NFLPA. “Ya feel me? If you make it through pee wee, high school, college and you’re lucky enough to call yourself an NFL player, you’re in a situation to create and take part in hella opportunities. But you have to understand that you only get a little bit of time in that uni, so you got to max it out and put yourself in a position to make plays on and off the turf.”

Taken in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, Lynch began his career in Buffalo and spent three full seasons with the Bills before being traded to Seattle during the 2010 season.

The 35-year-old Lynch played 7½ years (2010-15, 2019) in Seattle where he had a dominant run of four straight Pro Bowl seasons, including a championship run with the Seahawks in 2013-14.

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Aug 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Following a brief retirement and sitting out the 2016 season, Lynch played two years with the Oakland Raiders (2017-18) before rejoining the Seahawks in 2019 for a three-game stint, including two playoff appearances.

Away from football, Lynch has developed several business ventures, including Beast Mode apparel company, Beast Mode Productions, a film and television company and Beast Mode Marketing, which represents athletes.

Additionally, Lynch launched Dodi Blunts, a California-based cannabis company, joined the ownership group of the Oakland Roots SC of the USL Championship men’s soccer league, and bought into the Professional Fighters League, a mixed-martial arts organization.

“Few players have used their platforms to build leverage for both their individual success as well as the success of all players like Marshawn has – all while remaining true to himself and his values,” said NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith in a statement. “Having him on board as our chief brand ambassador and mentor who has been in their shoes is a huge win in furthering our mission as a full-service union to our men on and off the field.”

Lynch’s celebrity status has grown exponentially during retirement as he establishes himself as a product endorser and actor.

“By partnering with the NFLPA and working with De Smith, I can share my path, pass down what I’ve been through and seen, so players can see what’s really out there for them and tap in to all the resources that their teams, communities and the PA have available,” Lynch said. “I want to put them in positions to be successful in every facet of their lives from building businesses based on their passions to of course takin’ care of their mentals and stackin’ their chicken.”

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    Lynch with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014
    Free agent
    Position: Running back
    Personal information
    Born: April 22, 1986 (age 35)
    Oakland, California
    Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
    Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
    Career information
    High school: Oakland Technical High School
    (Oakland, California)
    College: California
    NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
    Career history
    Career highlights and awards
    Career NFL statistics as of 2020
    Rushing yards: 10,413
    Rushing average: 4.2
    Rushing touchdowns: 85
    Receptions: 287
    Receiving yards: 2,214
    Receiving touchdowns: 9
    Player stats at · PFR
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    CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Oakland Raiders breaks free from Trevor Williams #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter of the game at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California.

    Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is an American football running back who is a free agent. Nicknamed “Beast Mode” for his powerful running style and consistent ability to run over defenders and break tackles,[1][2] he has played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons, primarily with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch played college football at UC Berkeley, where he earned All-American honors and became the school’s second all-time career rusher.[3] He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, whom he was a member of for three full seasons until he joined Seattle during the 2010 season.

    Playing for the Seahawks from 2010 to 2015, Lynch earned four consecutive Pro Bowls, made one first-team All-Pro selection, and twice led the league in rushing touchdowns. He also helped the team win their first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XLVIII. His Beast Quake touchdown during the 2010–11 NFL playoffs, which saw him run 67 yards while breaking nine tackles, is considered one of the greatest runs in NFL history. Lynch retired in 2015 following an injury-plagued year, but returned to the NFL in 2017 with the Oakland Raiders. After two seasons, Lynch retired a second time until he reunited with the Seahawks in 2019 for their final regular season game and playoff run.

  • High school career

    At Oakland Tech, Lynch was a four-sport star for the Bulldogs football, basketball, track, and wrestling.  In his 2003 season, Lynch amassed 1,722 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in only eight regular season games and an additional 375 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in two postseason games.  He was voted a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American and was also voted the San Francisco East Bay Player of the Year.  In basketball, he played on the Oakland Tech’s team alongside future Cal star Leon Powe.  Lynch helped lead his team to the state semi-finals. As an athlete in the Bay Area, Lynch befriended and often played against film director and writer Ryan Coogler; who also grew up in the same part of Oakland as Lynch.

    In addition to football, Lynch excelled in track and field, where he competed mainly as a sprinter, but also in jumping events. He recorded a personal-best time of 10.94 seconds in the 100-meter dash as a senior, while also posting top-leaps of 1.94 meters (6 ft, 4 in) in the high jump and 6.38 meters (20 ft, 10 in) in the long jump.

    Lynch was a versatile athlete on the football field. He played defensive back and also played some quarterback, wide receiver, and linebacker in high school.  The recruiting network had him ranked #2 in the nation at running back behind Adrian Peterson.

    US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
    Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
    Marshawn Lynch
    Oakland, California Technical 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.4 Jul 8, 2004
    Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
    4/5 stars
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    4/5 stars
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    Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (RB)   Rivals: 2 (RB)
    • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
    • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


    College career

    Lynch playing against BYU at the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl

    Lynch attended the University of California, Berkeley, and played for the California Golden Bears football team.  He majored in social welfare. Lynch was nicknamed “Money” in college.

    2004 season

    As a true freshman in 2004, Lynch was the primary backup to senior J. J. Arrington. In his collegiate debut against Air Force in the regular season opener, he had seven carries for 92 yards and a touchdown in the 56–14 victory.  On November 13, in the 42–12 victory over Washington, he had nine carries for 121 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with a 29-yard touchdown reception.  One week later, against Stanford, Lynch had 122 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. In addition, he threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Burl Toler in the 41–6 victory. Overall, Lynch carried the ball 71 times for 628 yards with eight rushing touchdowns and 147 yards on 19 receptions and two receiving touchdowns in his freshman season.

    2005 season

    In 2005, Arrington had graduated and Lynch became the starting running back. Lynch wore jersey No. 24 his freshman year but switched to No. 10, his high school number. This switch placed him in sequence with his cousins Virdell Larkins, who wore No. 9, and Robert Jordan, who wore No. 11. Lynch and his cousins were teammates at Cal.  Lynch started off the season strong with 24 carries for 147 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 41–3 victory over Sacramento State.  Almost a month later, on October 1, he had 107 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a 28–0 victory over Arizona.  The next week, he had 135 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 47–40 loss to UCLA. On October 22, against Washington State, he had 160 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 42–38 loss.  In the next game, a 27–20 loss to Oregon, he had 189 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. In the regular season finale against the Stanford Cardinal, he had 123 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 27–3 victory.  In the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, Lynch ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and was named MVP against BYU.  Even though he missed two games due to a hand and finger injury, he still amassed 1,246 rushing yards with 10 rushing touchdowns on 196 carries and 125 receiving yards on 15 receptions. He finished fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing yards and sixth in rushing touchdowns.

    2006 season

    In the 2006 preseason, Lynch earned a spot on the watchlist for the Maxwell Award, was named 8th best player in the nation by Sports Illustrated, and earned several preseason All-American accolades. In the spring, he joined the Cal Track & Field team, and he competed in the 60-meter dash, recording a personal-best time of 6.98 seconds at the 2006 MPSF Championships.

    On July 22, 2006, the Cal football program officially launched the campaign for Lynch to win the 2006 Heisman Trophy with the opening of the website, featuring Lynch’s highlights from 2004 to 2006.

    In the second game of the season, against Minnesota, Lynch had 139 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 42–17 victory.  In the next game against Portland State, he finished with 112 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 42–16 victory. In the following game against Arizona State, he had 17 carries for 124 yards in the 49–21 victory. In the next game, against Oregon State, he posted his fourth consecutive 100-yard game with 106 yards and a touchdown in the 41–13 victory.  After a 50-yard performance in the 45–24 victory over the Oregon Ducks, he had 152 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the 21–3 victory over Washington State. In the next game against Washington, he had another stellar game with 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning overtime touchdown, in the 31–24 victory. He later called the run his favorite career highlight, after which Lynch spontaneously drove around the football field in an injury cart, pretending to ghost ride. Lynch was named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 team First Team for his performance in the 2006 season. Lynch was also named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and an AFCA (Coaches’) All-America in 2006.

    In his final game for Cal, Lynch ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the 45–10 victory over Texas A&M in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on December 28, 2006. He shared the Co-Offensive Player of the Game award with teammate, quarterback Nate Longshore. He finished his final season with Golden Bears with a Pac-10 leading 1,356 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 34 receptions, 328 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns.

    Lynch holds the Cal school record for most 100-yard rushing games with 17.

    On January 2, 2007, Lynch announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2007 NFL Draft.

    Career statistics

    Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Kickoff returns
    GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD
    2004 California 12 0 71 628 8.8 70 8 19 147 7.7 29 2 15 372 24.8 69 0
    2005 California 10 9 196 1,246 6.4 52 10 15 125 8.3 25 0 13 271 20.8 34 0
    2006 California 13 11 223 1,356 6.1 71 11 34 328 9.6 28 4 5 101 20.2 27 0
    Career[49][50] 35 20 490 3,230 6.6 71 29 68 600 8.8 29 6 33 744 22.5 69 0

    Professional career

    Pre-draft measurables
    Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
    5 ft 11+18 in
    (1.81 m)
    215 lb
    (98 kg)
    31+18 in
    (0.79 m)
    9+14 in
    (0.23 m)
    4.46 s 1.60 s 2.67 s 4.55 s 7.05 s 35.5 in
    (0.90 m)
    10 ft 5 in
    (3.18 m)
    20 reps 14
    All values from NFL Combine

    Buffalo Bills

    2007 season: Rookie year

    On April 28, 2007, Lynch was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, the second running back taken. He agreed with the Bills to a six-year, $18.935 million contract. The deal included a $3 million signing bonus and contained $10.285 million in total guarantees.

    Lynch entered the NFL as the starter at running back for the Bills. In his first career regular season game on September 9, he gained 90 yards on 19 carries and scored his first touchdown in a 14–15 loss to the Denver Broncos. His breakout game came on November 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lynch’s success on the ground was instrumental in keeping the touted Cincinnati offense on the sidelines, as he rushed 29 times for 153 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown run. Lynch also completed a touchdown pass to tight end Robert Royal, the first touchdown pass completed by a Bills non-quarterback since running back Joe Cribbs in 1981.

    Lynch injured his ankle the following week against the Miami Dolphins and missed the next three games. He returned to play on December 9 for the Bills’ second game against the Miami Dolphins that season, rushing for 107 yards and fumbling for the first time in his NFL career.  The game marked the first time the Bills’ offense produced two 100-yard rushers since 1996, as Fred Jackson also rushed for 115 yards.  Lynch went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark on December 23 against the New York Giants, scoring a touchdown in the 21–38 loss, which resulted in the Giants clinching a playoff berth. This made Lynch the fourth Bills rookie to break the 1,000-yard mark, and the first since Greg Bell in 1984. He closed out the regular season with 105 rushing yards and 22 receiving yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished a successful rookie season with 1,115 total rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2007 season.

    Lynch was expected to be more involved in Buffalo’s passing game in 2008, his second season as a professional. The Bills’ new offensive coordinator Turk Schonert had stated a number of times that he anticipated Lynch “being in on third down a lot more” this season, citing Lynch’s inexperience as a reason he was not very involved in the 2007 season.

    2008 season

    Lynch started the 2008 season with four rushing touchdowns in his first three games against the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Oakland Raiders. He was held to a season low of 16 yards rushing in a Week 9 matchup against the New York Jets on November 2. He did not break 100 yards rushing in a game until November 17 on a Monday Night Football matchup against the Cleveland Browns, when he rushed for 119. The game also marked his first receiving touchdown. Two weeks later on November 30, Lynch posted a season-high 134 rushing yards against the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season on December 14 in a rematch against the Jets when he rushed for 127 yards. He was able to stay healthy until injuring his shoulder in the second half of a Bills victory on December 21 against the Denver Broncos, during which he rushed for his eighth touchdown of the season. The injury kept him out of the Bills’ season finale against the New England Patriots. Lynch finished the 2008 season with 1,036 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns. He posted 300 receiving yards on 47 receptions, including a receiving touchdown, compared to 184 yards on 18 receptions for the 2007 season. Lynch was selected to his first Pro Bowl, replacing injured Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson.  This made him the first Bills running back to head to the Pro Bowl since Travis Henry in 2002. Lynch was initially the first alternate.

    2009 season

    Lynch carries the ball against the New York Jets in October 2009.

    Lynch played his first game of the 2009 season against the Miami Dolphins and played the rest of the season. Beginning November 29, he was replaced as the Bills’ starting running back by Fred Jackson, who had the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career. Lynch finished the season with 450 yards on 120 carries with two rushing touchdowns and did not break 100 rushing yards in a single game for the first time in his career.

    2010 season

    Lynch suffered an ankle sprain in the Bills’ preseason opener against the Washington Redskins and was expected to be out for three to four weeks. He started three games for the Bills before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks on October 5 for two draft picks, a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 NFL Draft (which would become a fifth-round pick).

    Seattle Seahawks

    2010 season

    Lynch then reunited with former Cal roommate and fellow running back Justin Forsett, a seventh-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2008. Lynch scored his first touchdown of the season and with the Seahawks on October 17 on a 1-yard run against the Chicago Bears. On December 5, he scored three touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers.

    Lynch during his Beast Quake run in the Seahawks’ 2011 NFC Wild Card game

    In his first career playoff game, against the New Orleans Saints on January 8, 2011, Lynch had a 67-yard touchdown run in which he broke nine tackles and with one arm threw Saints cornerback Tracy Porter to the ground. This run has become known locally in Seattle as the “Beast Quake“.[90] The play gets its name from Marshawn Lynch’s nickname, “Beast Mode”, and the fact that, during and after the play, movement from fans jumping in celebration was so intense that it registered on a seismograph 100 yards from the stadium. In the Divisional Round against the Chicago Bears, he was limited to four carries for two yards in the 35–24 loss.  Lynch had a total of 737 yards and six touchdowns during the 2010 season.

    2011 season

    Lynch started 15 games in 2011, missing only one regular season game, on November 23 due to back problems. Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, both career bests and posting his first 1,000-yard season since 2008. On December 1, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was observed receiving Skittles from a trainer to celebrate his touchdown. Fans later threw Skittles onto the field after Lynch scored.

    On November 6, against the Dallas Cowboys, Lynch had 135 rushing yards and a touchdown. On December 1, he had his best rushing game of the season with 148 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles. On December 18, he set the franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown by scoring in his tenth straight game. The previous record of nine was set by Shaun Alexander in 2005. Lynch would reach 11 consecutive games scoring a touchdown before the streak ended against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17. Lynch led the NFL in rushing yards over the final nine weeks of the season. On January 24, 2012, Lynch was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster to replace San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore. He was ranked 94th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012.

    On March 4, 2012, Lynch signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the Seahawks.

    2012 season

    In the second game of the 2012 season, Lynch had 122 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 27–7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. On September 30, against the St. Louis Rams, he had 118 rushing yards and touchdown in the 19–13 loss. In Weeks 7–10, he posted four consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards and three consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. In Week 14, in a 58–0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, he had 128 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. In the next game, a 50–17 victory over the Buffalo Bills, he had 113 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. In the penultimate game of the regular season, he had 111 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 42–13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks finished with an 11–5 record and made the playoffs in the 2012 season. In the Wild Card Round against the Washington Redskins, he finished with 132 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 24–14 victory. In the Divisional Round against the Atlanta Falcons, he had 46 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, and 37 receiving yards in the 30–28 loss.

    Overall, Lynch started all 16 regular season games, as well as the two playoff games the Seahawks were in. He accumulated 1,590 yards rushing on 315 attempts. He scored 11 touchdowns, his longest being a 77-yard touchdown run. He averaged 19.7 attempts per game and 99.4 yards per game, and over the course of the season, Lynch had an average of 5.0 yards per carry. He fumbled 4 times, and lost 2 of them. Lynch was named as a First Team All-Pro and was elected into the 2013 Pro Bowl as a reserve. He was ranked as 24th best player in the league among his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2013.

    2013 season

    In Week 2 of the 2013 season against the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch had 98 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 29–3 victory. In a 34–28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on October 6, he had 102 rushing yards. On November 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had 125 rushing yards in the 27–24 victory. He followed that up with 145 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. In the next game against the Minnesota Vikings, he added two more rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. Overall, he was a significant contributor for the Seahawks in the 2013 season, rushing for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns, and recording three 100-yard games. The Seattle Seahawks finished with a 13–3 record and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. In the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints, he had 140 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 23–15 victory. In the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, he had 109 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 23–17 victory. He was voted to the Pro Bowl for the third straight year, but had to decline the appearance due to his participation in Super Bowl XLVIII. He ended up rushing for 39 yards on 15 carries during that game, including a one-yard rushing touchdown, resulting in the team’s first Super Bowl victory by defeating the Denver Broncos by a score of 43–8. He was ranked 14th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.

    2014 season

    Lynch with the Seahawks in 2014

    On July 24, 2014, former Seahawks fullback and good friend Michael Robinson announced on NFL Network‘s Inside Training Camp, that Lynch would hold out of Training Camp while he waited for a restructured contract from the Seahawks. Lynch and the Seahawks quickly agreed to new terms for the season, and Lynch served as the starting running back for the team, ahead of backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael

    In the 2014 season opener, Lynch had 110 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 36–16 victory over the Green Bay Packers. During Week 3 against the Denver Broncos, he completed the first overtime drive by rushing for a touchdown, giving the Seahawks a 26–20 victory over Denver in a Super Bowl rematch. On November 2, against the Oakland Raiders, he had 67 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 76 receiving yards. In the next game against the New York Giants, he had a stellar performance with 140 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in the 38–17 victory. He scored 24 total points in the game, which was tied with Jonas Gray for the most by any player in a single game in the 2014 season.[141] He continued his successful string of games with 124 rushing yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in a loss the following week.

    Lynch had a career-long 79-yard touchdown run against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16, similar to his “Beast Quake” 67-yard scoring run in the 2011 Wild Card Round against the New Orleans Saints.[143] Four days later, Lynch was fined $11,050 by the NFL for his celebration of the score; falling back while extending the ball behind his head and grabbing his crotch. The league considered his celebration an “obscene gesture” to constitute unsportsmanlike conduct.

    The Seahawks finished with a 12–4 record and earned a first round bye. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career. In the Divisional Round against the Carolina Panthers, he had 59 rushing yards in the 31–17 victory. He contributed heavily to a late comeback in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of the season-opener, catching a 26-yard pass to set up one touchdown and later scoring a touchdown of his own on a 24-yard run. The Seahawks won 28–22 in overtime after trailing 19–7 with less than four minutes remaining in the game. His 157 rushing yards in the game were a career postseason high for Lynch, as were his 183 total yards from scrimmage.

    Lynch made headlines at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day on January 27, 2015, when he held a five-minute press conference, only answering “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” to every question. He has a history of unwillingness to talk to the media.

    In Super Bowl XLIX, Lynch had 24 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also had a catch for 31 yards, but the Seahawks lost 28–24 to the New England Patriots as they failed to repeat as champions. On Seattle’s final offensive play of the game, they chose to pass the ball at the one-yard line instead of running it with Lynch, and Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted. Lynch was visibly upset by the decision and left the Seahawks locker room without addressing the media. He stated in a later interview with Conan O’Brien that he was “expecting the ball” prior to the play. He was ranked ninth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.

    2015 season

    On March 6, 2015, the Seahawks and Lynch agreed to a 2-year, $24 million contract extension. Lynch struggled to pile up yardage early in the season but starred in Week 7 in a 20–3 win over the rival San Francisco 49ers, against whom he racked up 122 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Midway through the 2015 season, Lynch needed to have sports hernia surgery. Lynch’s backup, undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, had a 209-yard game against the 49ers in Week 11.

    Ahead of the Seahawks Wild Card Round matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, Lynch was anticipated to make his return, but decided to stay behind in Seattle, stating that he felt that he could not play. Seattle went on to win, 10–9. Lynch made his return from injury against the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional Round, carrying only six times for 20 yards, and caught two passes for 15 yards in the 31–24 loss.

    Initial retirement

    On February 7, 2016, the day of Super Bowl 50, Lynch announced his retirement via Twitter by posting a picture of his football cleats hanging from a telephone wire. He subsequently became a mentor to the current college football players at Cal.

    After his retirement, rumors circulated about Lynch returning to the NFL   In early April 2017, after sitting out the 2016 season, it was reported Lynch had agreed to terms with his hometown Oakland Raiders and that the Seahawks, who retained his rights even after retirement, would trade him. Lynch said he was inspired to come out of retirement by the team’s impending move to Las Vegas saying that he wanted children currently growing up in Oakland to be able to see a home-grown football star play for the Raiders before the team is gone.

    Oakland Raiders

    Lynch against the Washington Redskins in September 2017

    On April 26, 2017, Lynch officially passed his physical and was traded to the Oakland Raiders along with Seattle’s sixth-round draft pick for Oakland’s fifth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.  Lynch signed a two-year, $9 million contract with a maximum of $16.5 million; it had a $2 million bonus for 1,000 rushing yards for the season.

    2017 season

    During the regular season finale, in a loss against the Los Angeles Chargers, Lynch became the 31st player in NFL history to rush for over 10,000 rushing yards. Overall, in the 2017 season, he finished with 207 carries for 891 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns to go along with 20 receptions for 151 receiving yards.

    2018 season

    Lynch returned to the Raiders’ backfield for the 2018 season opener under new head coach Jon Gruden. He recorded a rushing touchdown in the first three games of the season against the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins, all losses for the Raiders. In Week 4, he recorded 20 carries for 130 rushing yards in the 45–42 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns. On October 22, Lynch was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 90 carries for 376 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in six games.  After the 2018 season, Lynch’s plans were to not play football again and retire.

    Seattle Seahawks (second stint)

    2019 season

    Lynch returned to the NFL during the final week of the 2019 regular season, signing with the Seahawks alongside former teammate Robert Turbin on December 23, 2019, after Seattle lost three running backs to injury. Lynch made his debut with the Seahawks in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers on NBC Sunday Night Football. During the game, Lynch rushed 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown in the 26–21 loss. During the Seahawks’ 17–9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, Lynch broke a tackle to score a five-yard, first half touchdown. In the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers, Lynch rushed 12 times for 26 yards and two touchdowns during the 28–23 loss.

    With his three additional playoff touchdowns in the 2019–20 NFL playoffs, Lynch moved into fourth place on the all-time postseason rushing touchdowns list. He is tied with Terrell Davis and John Riggins with 12.

    During a postgame interview on January 12, 2020, Lynch was asked if he’ll return for the Seahawks in the 2020 NFL season. “I mean, shoot,” he responded, “We’ll see what’s happening.” In media ahead of the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was also asked about Lynch returning and said “We’ll see. You never know.”

    Potential return to the NFL

    In a December 2020 interview with Conan O’Brien, Lynch said that teams have expressed interest in signing him and that he is willing to sign with a team that is a Super Bowl contender.

    NFL career statistics


    Regular season

    Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
    GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
    2007 BUF 13 13 280 1,115 4.0 56T 7 18 184 10.2 30 0 2 1
    2008 BUF 15 15 250 1,036 4.1 50 8 47 300 6.4 42 1 2 1
    2009 BUF 13 6 120 450 3.8 47 2 28 179 6.4 35 0 3 1
    2010 BUF 4 3 37 164 4.4 17 0 1 7 7.0 7 0 1 1
    SEA 12 11 165 573 3.5 39 6 21 138 6.6 22 0 3 3
    2011 SEA 15 15 285 1,204 4.2 47 12 28 212 7.6 26 1 3 2
    2012 SEA 16 15 315 1,590 5.0 77T 11 23 196 8.5 27 1 5 2
    2013 SEA 16 16 301 1,257 4.2 43 12 36 316 8.8 55 2 4 1
    2014 SEA 16 14 280 1,306 4.7 79T 13 37 367 9.9 39 4 3 2
    2015 SEA 7 6 111 417 3.8 24 3 13 80 6.2 19 0 0 0
    2017 OAK 15 15 207 891 4.3 51T 7 20 151 7.6 25 0 1 1
    2018 OAK 6 6 90 376 4.2 52 3 15 84 5.6 17 0 0 0
    2019 SEA 1 0 12 34 2.8 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Career 149 135 2,453 10,413 4.2 79T 85 287 2,214 7.7 55 9 27 15


    Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
    GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
    2010 SEA 2 0 23 133 5.8 67T 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2012 SEA 2 2 36 178 4.9 27 2 4 46 11.5 24 0 2 2
    2013 SEA 3 3 65 288 4.4 40 4 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0
    2014 SEA 3 3 63 318 5.0 25 2 5 63 12.6 31 0 1 1
    2015 SEA 1 1 6 20 3.3 9 0 2 15 7.5 11 0 0 0
    2019 SEA 2 1 18 33 1.8 5T 3 2 25 12.5 20 0 0 0
    Career 13 10 211 970 4.6 67T 12 14 152 10.9 31 0 3 3

    Seahawks franchise records

    As of 2020’s NFL season, Marshawn Lynch held at least 18 Seahawks franchise records, including:

    • Most rushing attempts (playoff career): 211
    • Most rushing attempts (playoff season): 65 (2013)
    • Most rushing yards (playoff career): 970
    • Most rushing yards (playoff season): 318 (2014)
    • Most rushing yards per attempt (minimum ten carries) (playoff game): 6.89 (January 8, 2011 against the New Orleans Saints)
    • Most rushing touchdowns (game): 4 (November 9, 2014 against the New York Giants; tied with Curt Warner and Shaun Alexander – 3×)
    • Most rushing touchdowns (playoff career): 12
    • Most rushing touchdowns (playoff season): 4 (2013)
    • Most rushing yards per game (playoff season): 106 (2014)
    • Most total touchdowns (playoff career): 12
    • Most total touchdowns (playoff season): 4 (2013)
    • Most yards from scrimmage (playoff career): 1,122
    • Most yards from scrimmage (playoff season): 381 (2014)
    • Most yards from scrimmage (playoff game): 183 (January 18, 2015 against the Green Bay Packers)
    • Most all purpose yards (playoff career): 1,122
    • Most all purpose yards (playoff season): 381 (2014)
    • Most 100+ yard rushing games (playoffs): 6
    • Most games with at least one touchdown scored (playoffs): 7

    Acting career

    One week before the Seattle Seahawks‘ first pre-season game of 2015, it was announced that Lynch would appear in the season 7 premiere episode of FX’s The League, as himself on September 9, 2015. That same day, Entertainment Weekly released a video clip of the cameo appearance in which Lynch argues to one of the show’s main characters that he’s “so close” to another character he can “just run [a beer] over to him” instead of tossing it, a reference mocking the infamous call to throw the ball to the middle of the field in the final 30 seconds of Super Bowl XLIX.

    He played a spoof of himself in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 4 episode “The Fugitive Part 1“. He is in the vicinity of a prisoner breakout, though he did not actually see the crime and spends all screen time enthusiastically answering questions and discussing his pico de gallo. In May 2019, Lynch was cast in the third season of the HBO drama Westworld, which premiered in 2020.

    In 2016 Lynch was the celebrity guest on an episode of Bear Grylls Running Wild. He tackled a rugged mountain range with sharp cliffs and dark chasms on the French island of Corsica. Marshawn used his dreads to start a fire and chased a wild hog for dinner. Throughout the adventure Lynch expressed his love of family and community. They ended their adventure encountering the French Foreign Legion.

    On April 26, 2020, Lynch appeared as boss of his own sports bar Rob Ben’s in Emeryville, California alongside Jon Taffer on the ninth episode of season 7 of Bar Rescue.

    Beast Mode

    The nickname “Beast Mode” became a popular way to refer to Lynch and his style of play. While the term was in use since 1996 with the debut of the animated Transformers series Beast Wars, Lynch claims it developed as his nickname because one of his childhood coaches would refer to him as a beast.[219]

    Lynch has since developed the nickname into his Beast Mode brand, which includes an apparel line, retail store, and at least one partnership with international brands.[220] The first Beast Mode store opened in Oakland, California on February 7, 2016, during Super Bowl 50.[221] On April 8, 2015, rapper Ludacris released the video for his single “Beast Mode,” named after Lynch, who appears in the video. Ludacris mimics Lynch’s interview at the Super Bowl media day by saying “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” to reporters before Lynch comes in and adds “You know why we here”. Lynch makes a cameo in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III. He also appeared in the fourth episode of the sixth season of Tanked where they created a special fish tank for “BeastMode” first aired June 19, 2015. He is featured in the game Predator: Hunting Grounds as the playable character “Dante ‘Beast Mode’ Jefferson”.

    Lynch was approached by former Pro BMX rider Todd Lyons, who noticed that Marshawn Lynch rode his BMX products. Lyons, acting as the current brand manager for SE Bikes BMX company, partnered with Marshawn to create a Beast Mode Ripper: an adult-sized BMX bike with customized Beast Mode branding as a 2018 SE Bicycle.

    On September 19, 2017, Lynch launched his own ad-supported Beast Mobile cellphone service that allows subscribers to pay their phone bill by engaging in ads and offers.

    Indoor football teams

    In November 2018, Lynch and Richard Sherman were announced as the first two team owners in a proposed Fan Controlled Football League, a concept based on Project Fanchise‘s use of a mobile app for fans to call plays for the team that they had initiated with the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles of the Indoor Football League (IFL) a year earlier. The league was delayed and eventually played its first game, rebranded as just Fan Controlled Football (FCF), in February 2021 with Lynch as one of three owners of a team called the Beasts. Before the game, Lynch dressed for the game but decided not to play.

    In 2019, Lynch was also announced as co-owner of the Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL) alongside Roy Choi, who also owns the IFL’s Cedar Rapids River Kings and San Diego Strike Force. Introduced to Choi by his brother Davonte Sapp-Lynch who plays in the IFL, Lynch saw the indoor football team as a way to keep professional football in Oakland after the departure of the Raiders for Las Vegas. Davonte Sapp-Lynch was one of the first players the Panthers signed. The Panthers were to start playing in the 2020 season, but it was cancelled after the opening week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Panthers also went dormant for the 2021 season.

    Personal life

    Lynch has several relatives who have also played professional football. His cousins are wide receiver Robert Jordan, who played alongside Lynch at Cal from 2004 to 2006, former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, and journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson.[235] Lynch’s uncle, Lorenzo Lynch, had an eleven-year career in the NFL.

    While in Buffalo, Lynch embraced the Buffalo community, in stark contrast to former Bills running back Willis McGahee, as noted in an interview with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne. In the video interview, which has become an internet sensation, Lynch talks about his love of Applebee’s, and his teammates joke that he loves chain restaurants. Lynch is also known for his frequent community involvement. In 2013, he was featured in Red Bull’s campaign “Athletes Give Back” when he put together a successful food drive for his hometown. He is also universally loved by his teammates because of his kindness and benevolent nature. During his first stint in Seattle, Lynch once gave his backpack to junior teammate Doug Baldwin after Baldwin had inquired where he got it from. When the Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr’s father passed, Lynch was the only member of the organization who went to console him at the airport. In 2014, he found a lost wallet outside Seattle at a gas station. Lynch went to the address to return it.

    Lynch frequently ate Skittles during games, a habit that started when he was in high school. After Lynch was shown eating the candy during a nationally televised game on December 5, 2011, Mars offered him a two-year supply of Skittles and a custom dispenser for his locker. On January 28, 2014, an official deal with Skittles was announced. The agreement stated that in addition to personal compensation, $10,000 would be donated to his Fam First Foundation for each touchdown he scored in Super Bowl XLVIII.

    Lynch also has an affinity for purchasing grills, saying he has been wearing the gold jewelry since his junior year in high school. After the 2011 season, Lynch purchased a customized Seahawks grill in time for the 2012 season.

    Lynch is an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry, launching a line of cannabis products in 2021 under the brand name Dodi Blunts. The company distributes blunts to dispensaries throughout the Bay Area, with a portion of the proceeds going to Last Prisoner Project, a drug policy reform group. Lynch says he has been a long-time consumer of cannabis and that it helped him deal with pain during his football career.

    In April 2021, Lynch joined the ownership group of the Oakland Roots SC of the USL Championship. In the same month, he also joined the PFL as a brand ambassador and investor

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