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Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft after playing college football at the University of California, Berkeley, where he became the school's second all-time career rusher.[1]

Marshawn Lynch
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Lynch with the Seattle Seahawks
No. 23, 24
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1986-04-22) April 22, 1986 (age 33)
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
Rushing yards:10,379
Rushing average:4.3
Rushing touchdowns:84
Receptions:287
Receiving yards:2,214
Receiving touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

After three seasons with the Bills, Lynch was traded to the Seattle Seahawks mid-way through the 2010 season. With Seattle, he made four Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. After initially retiring after the 2015 season, Lynch applied for reinstatement and was traded to the Oakland Raiders in April 2017, with whom he played two seasons before retiring again. Lynch earned the nickname "Beast Mode" for his powerful running style and consistent ability to run over defenders and break tackles.[2] Lynch grew up in Oakland, California, with three older siblings. He was raised by his mother Delisa, who once held a 200-meter track record at Oakland Technical High School, the school that Marshawn later attended. Lynch started playing youth football in Oakland at a young age.[3]

High school career

At Oakland Tech, Lynch was a four-sport star for the Bulldogs football, basketball, track, and wrestling.[4] 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.[5][6] He was voted a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American and was also voted the San Francisco East Bay Player of the Year.[7] In basketball, he played on the Oakland Tech's team alongside future Cal star Leon Powe.[8] Lynch helped lead his team to the state semi-finals.

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.[9]

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.[10] The Rivals.com recruiting network had him ranked #2 in the nation at running back behind Adrian Peterson.[11]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Marshawn Lynch
RB
Oakland, California Technical 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.4 Jul 8, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A
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.

Sources:

  • "2004 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

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.[12] He majored in social welfare. Lynch was nicknamed "Money" in college.[13]

As a true freshman in 2004, Lynch was the primary backup to senior J. J. Arrington.[14] Lynch carried the ball 71 times for 628 yards with eight rushing touchdowns and 147 yards on 19 receptions and two receiving touchdowns.[15]

In 2005, Arrington had graduated and Lynch became the starting running back. Even though he missed two games due to a hand and finger injury, he still amassed 1,246 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns on 196 carries and 125 yards on 15 receptions.[16] In the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, Lynch ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and was named MVP against BYU.[17]

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 (No. 9) and Robert Jordan (No. 11), also teammates at Cal.[18]

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.[19]

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 Marshawn10.com, featuring Lynch's highlights from 2004–2006.[20]

In the second game of the season, against Minnesota, Lynch had 139 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 42–17 victory[21] In the next game against Portland State, he finished with 112 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 42–16 victory.[22] In the following game against Arizona State, he had 17 carries for 124 yards in the 49–21 victory.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25][26] 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.[27] 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.[28] Lynch was named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 team First Team for his performance in the 2006 season.[29] Lynch was also named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and an AFCA (Coaches') All-America in 2006.[30]

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.[31][32] 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.[33][34]

Lynch holds the Cal school record for most 100-yard rushing games with 17.[35]

On January 2, 2007, Lynch announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2007 NFL Draft.[36]

Career statistics

Statistics up to date as of December 28, 2006. College statistics from CalBears.com[37][38] and ESPN.com.[39]
Year Team GP–GS Rushing Receiving Kickoff returns
Carries Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD
2004 Cal 12–0 71 628 8.8 70 8 19 147 7.7 29 2 15 372 24.8 69 0
2005 Cal 10–9 196 1,246 6.4 52 10 15 125 8.3 25 0 13 271 20.8 34 0
2006 Cal 13–11 223 1,356 6.1 71 11 34 328 9.6 28 4 5 101 20.2 27 0
Career 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
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 18 in
(1.81 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
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
All values from NFL Combine[40]

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.[41] 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.[42]

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.[43] 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.[44][45]

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.[46] The game marked the first time the Bills' offense produced two 100-yard rushers since 1996, as Fred Jackson also rushed for 115 yards.[47] 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.[48] This made Lynch the fourth Bills rookie to break the 1,000-yard mark, and the first since Greg Bell in 1984.[49] He closed out the regular season with 105 rushing yards and 22 receiving yards against the Philadelphia Eagles.[50] He finished a successful rookie season with 1,115 total rushing yards and seven touchdowns.[51] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2007 season.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54][55][56] He was held to a season low of 16 yards rushing in a Week 9 matchup against the New York Jets on November 2.[57] 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.[58] Two weeks later on November 30, Lynch posted a season-high 134 rushing yards against the San Francisco 49ers.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61] 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.[62] Lynch was selected to his first Pro Bowl, replacing injured Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson.[63] 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.[64]

2009 season

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

Following his guilty plea on misdemeanor weapons charges during the 2009 offseason, Lynch met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for a disciplinary hearing. Lynch had been arrested in Culver City, California, for having a gun in his backpack in the trunk of a car he was occupying, a crime in California.[65] On April 9, the NFL announced that Lynch would be suspended for the Bills' first three games for violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.[66] Lynch appealed the league's suspension on May 14 in an attempt to have it reduced or nullified, only to have it upheld by Goodell later on August 3. When interviewed on the topic, Lynch has said that he was not surprised when the suspension was upheld and that he loves playing too much and will try to keep himself out of situations in which there is a risk of being suspended.[67]

Lynch played his first game of the 2009 season against the Miami Dolphins and played the rest of the season.[68] 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.[69]

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.[70] 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[71] (which would become a fifth-round pick).[72]

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.[73] On December 5, he scored three touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers.[74]

 
Lynch during the Seahawks' 2011 NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints.

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.[75][76] This run has become known locally in Seattle as the "Beast Quake".[77] 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.[78] In the Divisional Round against the Chicago Bears, he was limited to four carries for two yards in the 35–24 loss.[79] Lynch had a total of 737 yards and six touchdowns during the 2010 season.[80]

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.[81] On December 1, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was observed receiving Skittles from a trainer to celebrate his touchdown.[82] Fans later threw Skittles onto the field after Lynch scored.[83]

On November 6, against the Dallas Cowboys, Lynch had 135 rushing yards and a touchdown.[84] On December 11, he had his best rushing game of the season with 148 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles.[85] 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 led the NFL in rushing yards over the final nine weeks of the season.[86] On January 24, 2012, Lynch was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster to replace San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore.[87][88] He was ranked 94th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012.[89]

On March 4, 2012, Lynch signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the Seahawks.[90]

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.[91] On September 30, against the St. Louis Rams, he had 118 rushing yards and touchdown in the 19–13 loss.[92] In Weeks 7–10, he posted four consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards and three consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.[93][94][95][96] In Week 14, in a 58–0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, he had 128 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[97] In the next game, a 50–17 victory over the Buffalo Bills, he had 113 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[98] 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.[99] The Seahawks finished with an 11-5 record and made the playoffs in the 2012 season.[100] In the Wild Card Round against the Washington Redskins, he finished with 132 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 24–14 victory.[101] 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.[102]

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.[103][104] Lynch was named as a First Team All-Pro and was elected into the 2013 Pro Bowl as a reserve.[105][106] He was ranked as 24th best player in the league among his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2013.[107]

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.[108] In a 34–28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on October 6, he had 102 rushing yards.[109] On November 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had 125 rushing yards in the 27–24 victory.[110] He followed that up with 145 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.[111] In the next game against the Minnesota Vikings, he added two more rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.[112] 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.[113] The Seattle Seahawks finished with a 13–3 record and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.[114][115] In the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints, he had 140 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 23–15 victory.[116] In the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, he had 109 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 23–17 victory.[117] 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.[118] 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.[119] He was ranked 14th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.[120]

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.[121] 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.[122]

In the 2014 season opener, Lynch had 110 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 36–16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.[123] 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.[124] On November 2, against the Oakland Raiders, he had 67 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 76 receiving yards.[125] 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.[126] 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.[127] He continued his successful string of games with 124 rushing yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in a loss the following week.[128]

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.[129] 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.[130]

The Seahawks finished with a 12–4 record and earned a first round bye.[131] He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career.[132] In the Divisional Round against the Carolina Panthers, he had 59 rushing yards in the 31–17 victory.[133] 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.[134] His 157 rushing yards in the game were a career postseason high for Lynch, as were his 183 total yards from scrimmage.[135]

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.[136]

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.[137] 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.[138] He was ranked ninth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.[139]

2015 season

On March 6, 2015, the Seahawks and Lynch agreed to a 2-year, $24 million contract extension.[140] 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.[141] Midway through the 2015 season, Lynch needed to have sports hernia surgery.[142] Lynch's backup, undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, had a 209-yard game against the 49ers in Week 11.[143]

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.[144] Seattle went go on to win, 10–9.[145] 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.[146]

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.[147] He subsequently became a mentor to the current college football players at Cal.[148]

After his retirement, rumors circulated about Lynch returning to the NFL.[149] 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.[150] 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.[151]

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.[152] Lynch then signed a two-year, $9 million contract with a max of up to $16.5 million; it had a $2 million bonus for 1,000 rushing yards for the season.[153][154][155]

2017 season

In the Raiders' regular season opener on the road against the Tennessee Titans, Lynch finished with 76 rushing yards along with one reception for 16 yards in a 26–16 win.[156] On September 14, Lynch was fined $12,000 for doing an obscene gesture.[157] In Week 2 against the New York Jets, he had his first touchdown as a Raider, which was a two-yard rush in the second quarter, in the 45–20 victory.[158] During Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week Seven, Lynch was ejected for running onto the field and shoving an official following a hit by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.[159][160] The next day, the NFL suspended Lynch for one game.[161] Lynch attempted to appeal, but the suspension was upheld.[162] During Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, Lynch confronted officials about Derek Carr not scoring while a fumble and touchback occurred; on December 21, Lynch was fined $24,309.[163]

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.[164] Overall, in the 2017 season, he finished with 891 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns to go along with 20 receptions for 151 receiving yards.[165]

2018 season

Lynch returned to the Raiders' backfield for the 2018 season opener under new head coach Jon Gruden.[166] He recorded a rushing touchdown in the first three games of the season against the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins.[167][168][169] In Week 4, he recorded 130 rushing yards in the 45–42 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.[170] On October 22, Lynch was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.[171] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 376 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in six games.[172] After the 2018 season, Lynch's plans were to not play football again and retire.[173]

NFL statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Game 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
Career 148 135 2,441 10,379 4.3 79T 84 287 2,214 7.7 55 9 27 15

Postseason

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 69 318 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
Career 11 9 193 937 4.8 67T 9 12 127 10.8 31 0 3 3

Seahawks franchise records

As of 2018's NFL off-season, Marshawn Lynch held at least 19 Seahawks franchise records, including:

  • Most Rush Attempts (playoff career): 193[174]
  • Most Rush Attempts (playoff season): 65 (2013)[175]
  • Most Rush Yards (playoff career): 937[176]
  • Most Rush Yards (playoff season): 318 (2014)[177]
  • Most Rush Yds/Att (minimum ten carries) (playoff game): 6.89 (January 8, 2011 against the New Orleans Saints)[178]
  • Most Rushing TDs (game): 4 (November 9, 2014 against the New York Giants; tied with Curt Warner and Shaun Alexander x3)[179]
  • Most Rushing TDs (playoff career): 9[180]
  • Most Rushing TDs (playoff season): 4 (2013)[181]
  • Most Rush Yds/Game (playoff career): 85.2
  • Most Rush Yds/Game (playoff season): 106 (2014)
  • Most Total TDs (playoff career): 9[182]
  • Most Total TDs (playoff season): 4 (2013)[183]
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (playoff career): 1,064[184]
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (playoff season): 381 (2014)[185]
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (playoff game): 183 (January 18, 2015 against the Green Bay Packers)[186]
  • Most All Purpose Yds (playoff career): 1,083[187]
  • Most All Purpose Yds (playoff season): 381 (2014)[188]
  • Most 100+ yard rushing games (playoffs): 6[189]
  • Most games with at least one touchdown scored (playoffs): 5[190]

Actor

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 final play of Super Bowl XLIX.[191]

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.[192] In May 2019, Lynch was cast in the third season of the HBO drama Westworld, set to air in 2020.[193]

Beast Mode

The nickname "Beast Mode" became a popular way to refer to Lynch and his style of play.[194] While the term was in use at least since the 1990s TV series Beast Wars, Lynch claims it developed as his nickname because one of his childhood coaches would refer to him as a beast.[195]

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.[196] The first Beast Mode store opened in Oakland, California on February 7, 2016, during Super Bowl 50.[197] 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.[198] 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.[199]

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.[200]

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.[201]

Oakland Panthers

In 2019, Lynch was announced as co-owner of the Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League alongside by Roy Choi, who also owns the IFL's Cedar Rapids River Kings and San Diego Strike Force.[202] Introduced to Choi by his brother Davonte Sapp-Lynch who plays in the IFL, Lynch sees the arena football team as a way to keep professional football in Oakland after the departure of the Raiders for Las Vegas.[203]

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 2004–2006, former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson. Lynch's uncle, Lorenzo Lynch, had an eleven-year career in the NFL.[204]

Lynch has referred to himself as being in "beast mode" during games, but it is also a nickname that has been frequently used since his college career at Cal (UC Berkeley).[citation needed]

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 home town.[205]

Lynch frequently ate Skittles during games, a habit which 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.[206] On December 30, 2011, he was fined $10,000 for wearing cleats featuring a Skittles pattern.[207][208] 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.[209]

Lynch also has an affinity for purchasing grills, saying he has been wearing the gold jewelry since junior high school. After the 2011 season, Lynch purchased a customized Seahawks grill in time for the 2012 season.[210]

Legal troubles

In June 2008, Lynch pled guilty to a hit and run charge and had his driver's license revoked. Lynch was driving his 2008 Porsche Cayenne at 3:30 a.m. through Buffalo's bar district when he struck a woman in the street and failed to stop. When questioned, Lynch stated, "I didn't know my car had hit anyone or anything."[211]

Lynch was arrested on July 14, 2012, by the California Highway Patrol for DUI after he was observed driving erratically. He was reported to have registered a 0.10 on the Breathalyzer at Alameda County Sheriff's Office North County Jail in Oakland. He was incarcerated hours before hosting a youth football camp. A motion to dismiss the case was denied in November 2013, but in December the trial date was pushed back until after the NFL season. Lynch's attorney, Ivan Golde, accused the police of bending the truth and changing stories to try to convict Lynch.[212][213] The case was settled in February 2014 when Lynch pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.[214] Lynch received two years of probation and a $1,033 fine, and had to attend drivers' safety classes, but did not have his license suspended.[215]

Media

Lynch is known for being reluctant to talk to the media.[216] He was fined $50,000 by the NFL for refusing to talk to the media throughout the 2013 NFL season,[217] which inspired fans of the Seattle Seahawks to fundraise that amount. However, the fine was subsequently pulled back in an agreement that he would be fined another $50,000 if he broke the same rule,[218] after which he donated the money raised by Seahawks fans to pay his fine to charity.[219] Lynch was fined $100,000 on November 19, 2014, for once again refusing to speak to the media.[220] A few days later, after the Seahawks win over Arizona, he answered nearly every question from reporters with "Yeah".[221] On December 21, 2014, after the second Seahawks-Cardinals game, he answered nearly every question from reporters with some version of "Thanks for asking" or "I appreciate you asking."[222] The only people to get an "extended interview" were Deion Sanders,[223] former teammate turned analyst Michael Robinson, and Michael Silver,[224] in which they discovered his reluctance came from his upbringing and the fact that he felt that he was "forced to do something." On January 27, 2015, during Super Bowl Media Day in Glendale, Arizona, Lynch continued the trend of declining to give detailed media interviews by showing up for five minutes, and answering every question with some variation of "I'm just here so I won't get fined,"[225][226] and the following day "You know why I'm here."[227]

Four days before Super Bowl XLIX, Lynch appeared in a guest segment on Conan, playing a head-to-head game of the then-unreleased Mortal Kombat X against prospective Super Bowl opponent tight end Rob Gronkowski. Contrary to his media appearances earlier that week, Lynch appeared upbeat and loquacious, discussing his fondness of Mario Kart and explaining his touchdown celebration moves. The video went viral, was widely covered in media,[228][229][230] and gathered about 8 million views before the Super Bowl. Lynch re-appeared on the show prior to Super Bowl LI along with Gronkowski, Tom Brady, LeGarrette Blount, and Dwight Freeney playing the game For Honor.[231]

The 2019 documentary film Marshawn Lynch: A History explores the roots of Lynch's reticence.[232]

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