Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. 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 at Berkeley, where he became the school's second all-time career rusher.[1] As a member of the Seattle Seahawks, he won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. After initially retiring after the 2015 season, Lynch applied for reinstatement and was traded to the Raiders in April 2017.[2] Lynch earned the nickname "Beast Mode" for his powerful running style and consistent ability to run over defenders and break tackles.[3]

Marshawn Lynch
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Lynch with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013
Free agent
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:April 22, 1986 (age 32)
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:University of California, Berkeley
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:10,379
Rushing average:4.3
Rushing touchdowns:84
Receiving yards:2,214
Receiving touchdowns:9
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

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, California at a young age.[4]

High school career

At Oakland Technical High School, Lynch was a four-sport star for the Bulldogs football, basketball, track, and wrestling.[5] 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.[1] 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.

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.[6]

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.[7] The recruiting network had him ranked #2 in the nation at running back behind Adrian Peterson.[8]

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 stars
4 stars
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.


  • "2004 Team Ranking".

College career

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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.[9] He majored in social welfare. Lynch was nicknamed "Money" in college.[10]

As a true freshman in 2004, Lynch was the primary backup to senior J. J. Arrington.[11] Lynch carried the ball 71 times for 628 yards with eight rushing touchdowns and 147 yards on 19 receptions and two receiving touchdowns.[12]

In 2005, Arrington 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.[13] In the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, Lynch ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and was named MVP against BYU.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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 2004–2006.[17] Lynch was named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 team First Team.[18] Lynch not only earned various awards, he also scored the game-winning overtime touchdown against Washington. 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.[19]

In the second game of the season, against Minnesota, Lynch had 139 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[20] In the next game against Portland State, he finished with 112 rushing yards and a touchdown.[21] In the following game against Arizona State, he had 17 carries for 124 yards.[22] In the next game, against Oregon State, he posted his fourth consecutive 100-yard game with 106 yards and a touchdown. After a 50-yard performance against the Oregon Ducks, he had 152 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Washington State.[23][24] In the next game against Washington, he had another stellar game with 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns.[25]

Lynch was also named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and an AFCA (Coaches') All-America in 2006.[26]

In his final game for Cal, Lynch ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns against 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.[27][28] 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.[29][30]

Lynch holds the Cal school record for most 100-yard rushing games with 17.[31]

On January 2, 2007, Lynch announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2007 NFL Draft.[32]

Career statistics

Statistics up to date as of December 28, 2006. College statistics from[33][34] and[35]
Year Team GP-GS Rushing Receiving Kickoff Returns
Carries Yards Avg Long TDs Recs Yards Avg Long TDs Rets Yards Avg Long TDs
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
Totals 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[36]

Buffalo Bills

2007 season

On April 28, 2007, Lynch was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was the second running back to be selected that year.[37] 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.[38] 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.[39][40]

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.[41] The game marked the first time the Bills' offense produced two 100-yard rushers since 1996, as Fred Jackson also rushed for 115 yards.[42] 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.[43] This made Lynch the fourth Bills rookie to break the 1,000-yard mark, and the first since Greg Bell in 1984.[44] He closed out the regular season with 105 rushing yards and 22 receiving yards against the Philadelphia Eagles.[45] He finished a successful rookie season with 1,115 total rushing yards and seven touchdowns.[46] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2007 season.[47]

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.[48][49][50] He was held to a season low of 16 yards rushing in a Week 9 matchup against the New York Jets on November 2.[51] 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.[52] Two weeks later on November 30, Lynch posted a season-high 134 rushing yards against the San Francisco 49ers.[53] 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.[54] 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.[55] 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.[56] Lynch was selected to his first Pro Bowl, replacing injured Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson.[57] 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.[58]

2009 season

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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.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61]

Lynch played his first game of the 2009 season against the Miami Dolphins and played the rest of the season.[62] 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.[63]

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.[64] 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[65] (which would become a fifth-round pick).[66]

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.[67] On December 5, he scored three touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers.[68]

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

In his first career playoff game on January 8, 2011, against the New Orleans Saints, 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.[69][70] This run has become known locally in Seattle as the "Beast Quake". 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.[71] In the Divisional Round against the Chicago Bears, he was limited to four carries for two yards in the 35–24 loss.[72] Lynch had a total of 737 yards and six touchdowns during the 2010 season.[73]

2011 season

Lynch started 15 games, missing only one regular season game on November 23, 2011, due to back problems. Lynch finished the 2011 season rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, both career bests and posting his first 1,000-yard season since 2008.[74] On December 1, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was observed receiving Skittles from a trainer to celebrate his touchdown.[75] Fans would later throw Skittles onto the field after Lynch would score.[76]

On November 6, against the Dallas Cowboys, Lynch had 135 rushing yards and a touchdown.[77] On December 11, he had his best rushing game of the season with 148 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles.[78] 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.[79] On January 24, 2012, Lynch was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster to replace San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore.[80][81] He was ranked 94th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012.[82]

On March 4, 2012, Lynch signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the Seahawks.[83]

2012 season

In the second game of the season, Lynch had 122 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 27–7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.[84] On September 30, against the St. Louis Rams, he had 118 rushing yards and touchdown in the 19–13 loss.[85] In Weeks 7–10, he posted four consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards and three consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.[86][87][88][89] In Week 14, in a 58–0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, he had 128 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[90] In the next game, a 50–17 victory over the Buffalo Bills, he had 113 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[91] 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.[92] The Seahawks finished with an 11-5 record and made the playoffs in the 2012 season.[93] In the Wild Card Round against the Washington Redskins, he finished with 132 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 24–14 victory.[94] 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.[95]

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.[96][97] Lynch was named as a First Team All-Pro and was elected into the 2013 Pro Bowl as a reserve.[98][99] He was ranked as 24th best player in the league among his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2013.[100]

2013 season

In Week 2, against the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch had 98 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 29–3 victory.[101] On October 6, in a 34–28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he had 102 rushing yards.[102] On November 3, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had 125 rushing yards in the 27–24 victory.[103] He followed that up with 145 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.[104] In the next game against the Minnesota Vikings, he added two more rushing touchdowns.[105] 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.[106] The Seattle Seahawks finished with a 13–3 record and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.[107][108] In the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints, he had 140 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 23–15 victory.[109] In the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, he had 109 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 23–17 victory.[110] 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.[111] He would end up rushing for 39 yards during that game, including a touchdown score, resulting in the team's first Super Bowl victory by defeating the Denver Broncos by a score of 43–8.[112] He was ranked 14th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.[113]

2014 season

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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 waits for a restructured contract from the Seahawks. Lynch and the Seahawks quickly agreed to new terms for the season, and Lynch served as the starter for the team, ahead of backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.[114]

In the season opener, Lynch had 110 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 36–16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.[115] 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 XLVIII rematch.[116] On November 2, against the Oakland Raiders, he had 67 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 76 receiving yards.[117] 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.[118] 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.[119] He continued his successful string of games with 124 rushing yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in a loss the following week.[120]

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.[121] 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.[122]

The Seahawks finished with a 12–4 record and earned a first round bye.[123] He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career.[124] In the Divisional Round against the Carolina Panthers, he had 59 rushing yards in the 31–17 victory.[125] 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, then scoring a touchdown of his own on a 24-yard run. The Seahawks would win the game 28–22 in overtime after trailing 19–7 with less than 4 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.[126][127]

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.[128]

In Super Bowl XLIX, Lynch had 24 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also had a catch for 31 yards. The Seahawks lost the Super Bowl 28–24 to the New England Patriots as they failed to repeat as champions.[129] On Seattle's final play of the game, the Seahawks chose to pass the ball at the 1-yard line instead of running it with Lynch, and the 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.[130] He was ranked ninth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.[131]

2015 season

On March 6, 2015, the Seahawks and Lynch agreed to a 2-year, $24 million contract extension.[132] 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.[133] 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.[134]

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.[135] Seattle went go on to win, 10–9.[136]

Lynch finally 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.[137]

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.[138] He subsequently became a mentor to the current college football players at Cal.[139]

After his retirement, rumors circulated about Lynch returning to the NFL. In early April 2017, after sitting out the 2016 NFL 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.[140] 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.[141]

Oakland Raiders

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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 then signed a two-year, $9 million contract with a max of up to $16.5 million. The contract has a $2 million bonus if Lynch reaches 1,000 rushing yards for the season.[2][142][143]

2017 season

In his first game with the Raiders in Week 1, Lynch finished with 76 rushing yards along with one reception for 16 yards as the Raiders won by a score of 26–16 over the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.[144] On September 14, Lynch was fined $12,000 for doing an obscene gesture.[145] 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.[146] During Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 on Thursday Night Football, 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.[147][148] The very next day, the NFL suspended Lynch for one game.[149] Lynch attempted to appeal, but the suspension was upheld.[150] 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, 2017, Lynch was fined $24,309.[151]

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.[152] 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.[153]

2018 season

Lynch returned to the Raiders' backfield for the 2018 season opener under new head coach Jon Gruden.[154] He recorded a rushing touchdown in the first three games of the season against the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins.[155][156][157] In Week 4, he recorded 130 rushing yards in the 45–42 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.[158] On October 22, 2018, Lynch was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.[159] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 376 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[160]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Game Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G 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/SEA 16 14 202 737 3.6 39 6 22 145 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 4 4 68 376 4.4 52 3 10 60 6.0 17 0 0 0
Career 144 131 2,419 10,303 4.3 79T 84 282 2,190 7.8 55 9 27 15


Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G 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 67 9 12 127 10.8 31 0 3 3

Franchise Records

As of 2018's NFL off-season, Marshawn Lynch held at least 19 Seahawks franchise records, including:[161]

  • Most Rush Attempts (playoff career): 193
  • Most Rush Attempts (playoff season): 65 (2013)
  • Most Rush Yards (playoff career): 937
  • Most Rush Yards (playoff season): 318 (2014)
  • Most Rush Yds/Att (playoff game): 6.89 (2011-01-08 NOR)
  • Most Rushing TDs (game): 4 (2014-11-09 NYG; tied with Curt Warner and Shaun Alexander x3)
  • Most Rushing TDs (playoff career): 9
  • Most Rushing TDs (playoff season): 4 (2013)
  • Most Rush Yds/Game (playoff career): 85.2
  • Most Rush Yds/Game (playoff season): 106 (2014)
  • Most Total TDs (playoff career): 9
  • Most Total TDs (playoff season): 4 (2013)
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (playoff career): 1,064
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (playoff season): 381 (2014)
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (playoff game): 183 (2015-01-18 GNB)
  • Most All Purpose Yds (playoff career): 1,083
  • Most All Purpose Yds (playoff season): 381 (2014)
  • Most 100+ yard rushing games (playoffs): 6
  • Most Games with 1+ TD scored (playoffs): 8

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.[162]

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).

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 very successful food drive for his home town.[163]

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.[164] On December 30, 2011, he was fined $10,000 for wearing cleats featuring a Skittles pattern.[165][166] 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.[167]

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.[168]

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."[169]

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.[170][171] The case was settled in February 2014 when Lynch pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.[172] 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.[173]


Lynch is known for being reluctant to talk to the media.[174] He was fined $50,000 by the NFL for refusing to talk to the media throughout the 2013 NFL season,[175] 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,[176] after which he donated the money raised by Seahawks fans to pay his fine to charity.[177] Lynch was fined $100,000 on November 19, 2014, for once again refusing to speak to the media.[178] A few days later, after the Seahawks win over Arizona, he answered nearly every question from reporters with "Yeah".[179] 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."[180] The only people to get an "extended interview" were Deion Sanders,[181] former teammate turned analyst Michael Robinson, and Michael Silver,[182] 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,"[183][184] and the following day "You know why I'm here."[185]

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,[186][187][188] 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.

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.[189]

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.[190]

Beast Mode

Lynch is known for his Beast Mode brand which includes an apparel line, retail store, and at least one partnership with International brands.[191] The first Beast Mode store opened in Oakland, California on February 7, 2016, during Super Bowl 50.[192] 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.[193] 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.[194]

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.[195]

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.[196]

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2005 Las Vegas Bowl

The 2005 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl was the 14th edition of the annual college football bowl game. It featured the California Golden Bears and the BYU Cougars.

2006 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team

The 2006 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific-10 Conference teams for the 2006 college football season. The USC Trojans and California Golden Bears won the conference, posting 7–2 conference records. USC then beat the Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl 32 to 18. California running back Marshawn Lynch was voted Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. California cornerback Daymeion Hughes was voted Pat Tillman Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

2006 California Golden Bears football team

The 2006 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California, and were coached by Jeff Tedford.

The Bears began the season with a number 12 ranking. After sustaining an upset by then number 23-ranked Tennessee in their opening game, the Bears won their next eight games before suffering another upset to unranked Arizona followed by a subsequent loss to then number 4 USC. All of these defeats came in away games. The Bears qualified for a share of the Pac-10 title after USC was upset by rival UCLA the following week. The team made its second Holiday Bowl in three years, blowing out #21 Texas A&M and finishing the season ranked #14.

2006 Holiday Bowl

The 2006 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 28, 2006 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season and one of 32 games in the 2006-2007 bowl season. It featured the Texas A&M Aggies representing the Big 12 against the California Golden Bears from the Pac-10. In the Golden Bears' second trip to the Holiday Bowl in three years, they routed the Aggies, 45-10. Each conference received $2.2 million for the teams playing.

2007 Buffalo Bills season

The 2007 Buffalo Bills season was the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and their 48th season overall.

The Bills finished their 2007 season with a record of 7–9 and tied their 7–9 record in 2006, but failed to qualify for the playoffs, and continues a playoff appearance drought since the 1999–2000 season. The 8-year playoff drought became the longest such stretch in team history. The opening game of the season was notable in that tight end Kevin Everett was injured on a kickoff. Everett sustained a fracture and dislocation of his cervical spine that his doctors characterized as "life-threatening" the day after the injury, and stated it was likely to leave him with permanent neurological impairment. However, on September 11, 2007, Everett showed significant movement in his arms and legs, which led doctors to speculate that he might eventually be able to walk again. Indeed, Everett walked in public for the first time at Ralph Wilson Stadium before the home finale against the New York Giants on December 23, 2007.

2008 Buffalo Bills season

The 2008 Buffalo Bills season was the 39th season for the team in the National Football League and their 49th season overall. The team finished with a record of 7–9 for the third consecutive year. It started the season 5–1 before a 2–8 stretch to finish the season.

After a 5–1 beginning to the season, starting quarterback Trent Edwards suffered a concussion in Week Five at Arizona after an Adrian Wilson hit. Edwards had started the year throwing 4 touchdowns and two interceptions through the first five games. After the injury, he threw 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, before missing two of the final four games of the season with a groin injury. After their 4–0 start, the Bills won only three of their final 12 games of the year.

Despite strong years from second-year running back Marshawn Lynch (1,036 rushing yards, 1,336 yards from scrimmage) and wide receiver Lee Evans (1,017 receiving yards), the team was eliminated from playoff contention in week 15, which secured their ninth straight year without a playoff appearance.

2015 Kids' Choice Sports Awards

Nickelodeon's 2nd Annual Kids' Choice Sports Awards was held on July 16, 2015, at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was the host of the show, which is meant to celebrate kids’ favorites in the sports world. The show aired on Nickelodeon from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. On its original air date, the award show was preceded by a brand new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants and followed by the premiere of Pig Goat Banana Cricket.

2017 Oakland Raiders season

The 2017 Oakland Raiders season was the 58th overall season of the Oakland Raiders franchise, the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, their 23rd season since their return to Oakland, and the third and final season under head coach Jack Del Rio. It was the first season for the team since the franchise announced its impending relocation to Las Vegas.

The Raiders began the season on September 10 at the Tennessee Titans and finished the season December 31 at the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders, as they did in 2016, played one home game in Mexico City, this time against the New England Patriots. Although the league approved the Raiders' eventual relocation to Las Vegas on March 27, 2017, the team still maintained its lease at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum and intended to use the stadium for at least the 2017 and 2018 seasons and, likely, the 2019 season.After a 12–4 record the prior season that saw the Raiders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the Raiders finished the season 6–10, having the biggest drop in number of wins since 2003. They finished in third place in the AFC West and failed to qualify for the playoffs. The season also marked a return to a double-digit loss record for the first time since 2014.

The offense struggled under first year offensive coordinator Todd Downing, ranking 17th (tied with Denver) in yardage rankings, 25th in rushing yards, and 23rd in points. The defense also struggled under Ken Norton Jr., having no interceptions under Norton. Norton was fired on November 21, 2017. However, the defense showed some improvement under Norton's replacement, John Pagano.The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio on December 31, 2017, following the final game of the season and a four-game losing streak.

Beast Quake

The Beast Quake was an American football play that took place during a 2011 NFL Wild Card playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the visiting New Orleans Saints, then the defending Super Bowl champions. The play occurred in the fourth quarter, when Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch broke nine tackles during the course of a 67-yard touchdown run that ultimately provided the winning margin. The play's name comes from Lynch's nickname, "Beast Mode", and the fact that, during and after the play, movement from Seattle fans jumping in celebration was so intense that it registered on a nearby seismograph.

California Golden Bears football statistical leaders

The California Golden Bears football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the California Golden Bears football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Golden Bears represent the University of California, Berkeley in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although California began competing in intercollegiate football in 1886, the school's official record book generally does not include entries from before the 1940s, as records from earlier times are often incomplete and inconsistent.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1940s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Golden Bears have played in nine bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

California's 11 highest seasons in total offensive output have all come since 2003 under head coaches Jeff Tedford and Sonny Dykes. The 4 seasons under coach Dykes have been Cal's four highest passing yards seasons in school history, leading to quarterbacks Jared Goff and Davis Webb putting up unprecedented passing totals.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Darrell Bevell

Darrell Wayne Bevell (born January 6, 1970) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League (NFL). He previously served in the same position for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010 and the Seattle Seahawks from 2011 to 2017. Bevell played college football for the University of Wisconsin, where he was a four-year starting quarterback.

Fan-Controlled Football League

The Fan-Controlled Football League is a professional indoor football league founded in 2017. It is the first interactive football league which gives fans a voice and encourages fan participation is "owning" franchises. It is owned by Project FANchise (founders Sohrob Farudi, Grant Cohen and former NFL and XFL cornerback Ray Austin). Among professional athletes who are team owners include former and current NFL stars Chad Johnson, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman.

Flea flicker (American football)

A flea flicker is an unorthodox play, often called a "trick play", in American football which is designed to fool the defensive team into thinking that a play is a run instead of a pass. It can be considered an extreme variant of the play action pass and an extension of the halfback option play.

Fred Jackson (American football)

Frederick George Jackson (born February 20, 1981) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Coe College. After going undrafted in 2003 and playing three seasons in NFL Europe, Jackson spent nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills, becoming their third all-time leading rusher. In 2015 season, he was the oldest active running back in the NFL.

M. Gerald Schwartzbach

M. Gerald Schwartzbach (born 1944) is an American criminal defense attorney.

No Script with Marshawn Lynch

No Script with Marshawn Lynch is an American comedy reality web television series that premiered on October 12, 2017 on Facebook Watch. It follows football player Marshawn Lynch as he finds himself in various comedic situations and is joined by an array of guest stars.

Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2014 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion and defending Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks 28–24 to earn their fourth Super Bowl title and their first since Super Bowl XXXIX 10 years earlier. The game was played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It was the second time the stadium has hosted a Super Bowl, and the third one held in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

With the loss, the Seahawks became the fourth defending Super Bowl champions to lose in the following year's title game, after the 1978 Dallas Cowboys, 1983 Washington Redskins and the 1997 Green Bay Packers. After finishing the previous season by defeating the Denver Broncos, 43–8, in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle completed the 2014 regular season with a 12–4 record. The Patriots, who also posted a 12–4 record, joined the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers as one of the three teams to have made eight appearances in the Super Bowl. For the second straight season, but only the third time in the prior 21 seasons, the number one seeds from both conferences met in the league championship game. Seattle became the first team to appear in consecutive Super Bowls since New England won two straight (XXXVIII and XXXIX).

After the teams were tied 14–14 at halftime, the Seahawks built a 10-point lead to end the third quarter. The Patriots, however, rallied to take a 28–24 lead with 2:02 left in the game. Seattle threatened to score in the final moments, driving the ball to New England's 1-yard line. With 26 seconds remaining in the game, Seattle decided to pass the ball in a highly scrutinized call that resulted in Patriots undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler making a game-saving interception of Russell Wilson's throw. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP) after a then Super Bowl-record 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions (a record Brady himself would break 2 years later in Super Bowl LI).

NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX remains the most-watched program in the network's history, as well as the most watched program in American television history, surpassing the previous year's game. The game was seen by an average of 114.4 million viewers, with it reaching to 118.5 million during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show featuring Katy Perry, and then peaking to 120.8 million during New England's fourth-quarter comeback.

Treasure Truck

The Treasure Truck is a service offered to users of the app, which offers users a discounted daily deal. The service consists of a fleet of 33 vehicles in 30 major cities located in the United States and United Kingdom. The first Treasure Truck was released in Amazon's hometown of Seattle in June 2015. The trucks offer one item that changes daily which customers order using the Amazon app and come to a designated pick-up spot. As part of a holiday promotion, Seattle Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch drove the Treasure Truck around Seattle in December 2016 selling a limited-edition beast-mode Echo. In December 2017, two cities in the United Kingdom became the first international locations for the Treasure Truck program. The art on each of the trucks is unique and hand-drawn by Kyler Martz. Each Treasure Truck is active 3 to 4 days per month. This sector is headed up by former USAF serviceman Joshua Phillips.


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