Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch is 'all about that action boss' in Westworld

Marshawn Lynch is 'all about that action boss' in Westworld

If you watched the premiere of Westworld Season 3 on HBO Sunday night, you may have come across a familiar face on the screen.

Alongside Ash, played by Lena Waithe, is her quiet sidekick known as G, portrayed by Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

Beast Mode was decked out in a form-fitting mood shirt and wore dope sunglasses. Simply put, he looked like badass out of Blade Runner.

G, along with Ash and Caleb, played by Aaron Paul (also known as Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad) rob an ATM to get “redistributive justice," or... whatever that means.

Lynch only got about two and a half minutes of screen time, so it’s unclear whether he is a villain, a hero, or a futuristic robot. My guess is that G, along with his friends Ash and Caleb, will eventually be a part of Dolores’ mission of vengeance and destruction of Westworld and the people who created it.

We’ve yet to see Lynch go BeastMode on Westworld, but if it’s anything like his physical play on the football field, grab your popcorn (or should we say Skittles).

Lynch and Westworld returns next Sunday night on HBO at 6 p.m. PT.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to speak at Princeton, but not everyone is happy

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to speak at Princeton, but not everyone is happy

Over the years, Marshawn Lynch has dished out some unforgettable advice to his NFL teammates. Most recently, the Seattle Seahawks running back, who came out of retirement, took the opportunity to impart some financial wisdom after his team lost to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. 

“I done been on the other side of retirement, and it’s good when you get over there and you can do what the f**k you want to,” he said. “Start taking care of y’all mentals, y’all bodies and y’all chicken. So, when you’re ready to walk away, you walk away, and you be able to do what you want to do.”

NFL players could clearly use Lynch’s advice. While Beast Mode’s contributions on the field are obvious, it’s his impact off the field that defines who he is as a person. It’s the reason why his philanthropic work with underprivileged youth earned him the Oakland Raiders candidate for Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2018. 

Now, Beast Mode is taking what he’s learned over the years and sharing it with exiting students at a four-year university. And not just any university...we’re talking Princeton.

Lynch will speak at the school’s annual “Class Day,” a day organized by members of the senior class before their commencement ceremony.  

"Mr. Lynch's sustained professional excellence is not the only reason we are excited to have him serve as our Class Day speaker,” the school said in an announcement. “His substantive work in communities stands alongside his on-field success…From his stops in the Bay Area, to Buffalo, to Seattle, Mr. Lynch has always prioritized community engagement and empowerment by leveraging his prominence as a professional athlete to promote opportunities for civic engagement and social justice."

But not everyone at Princeton is happy the veteran running back will be speaking to their class. In an op-ed in the school’s daily newspaper, the Daily Princetonian, the students said they were disappointed Lynch was selected as the class speaker. The writers cited frustrations in not being included in the selection process. 

"As seniors, we had been looking forward to the speaker announcement for months," the letter starts. "Many of us were disappointed when we saw that this year’s speaker was to be Marshawn Lynch, mainly because we did not feel included in the process by which this speaker was nominated and finally selected.

“We do not mean to criticize this choice of speaker in particular, but rather want to call attention to the opaque selection process for Class Day speakers.”

The students also pointed out Lynch’s unwillingness to cooperate with the media. 

"Among articles that praised his NFL career and philanthropic contributions, we came across articles discussing Lynch’s reticence with the media and his terse responses at press conferences. In 2013 and 2014, for example, Lynch was fined $50,000 and $100,000 for refusing to speak to the media. During the 2015 Superbowl Media Day, Lynch famously responded to multiple questions with variants of 'I’m just here so I won’t get fined.' With no other frame of reference, such reports caused confusion over the set of criteria that led to his nomination."

While Princeton students may be frustrated by their lack of involvement in the process, students could certainly learn from Lynch’s experiences, including the adversity he faced after the Seahawks loss in Super Bowl XLIX. 

Lynch, who attended Cal as a student-athlete, is a five-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion. Moreover, he’s been even more successful off the field. 

He formed the Fam 1st Family Foundation in 2006 to give back to the Seattle and Oakland community, has hosted 25 kids for a trip to London to watch a Raiders game, he’s helped increase voter participation through sponsored concerts, and even fulfilled a child’s “wish” through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Marshawn Lynch makes a cameo in the new Westworld trailer

Marshawn Lynch makes a cameo in the new Westworld trailer

Beast mode, an actor? It appears Marshawn Lynch is looking to make even more “chicken.”

The Seattle Seahawks running back popped up in the new Westworld Season 3 trailer that was released on Thursday. He appears at the :55 second mark.

It’s unclear how much of a role Lynch plays in the HBO show, and whether he will take his talents to the screen permanently, rather than the football field.

The five-time Pro Bowler came out of retirement for a second stint with the Seattle Seahawks this season. He rushed 30 times for 67 yards and had four touchdowns in the three games while Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny were sidelined with season-ending injuries.

The Seahawks have entertained the idea of Lynch returning in 2020. Pete Carroll even hinted at the possibility of Lynch being offered special terms to stay. 

We'll find out soon if the 33-year-old running back is a dual-threat actor as well. Season 3 of Westworld premieres on March 15. 

Of course Marshawn Lynch is already selling "take care of yo'chicken" t-shirts

Of course Marshawn Lynch is already selling "take care of yo'chicken" t-shirts

Last Sunday, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch went viral when he spoke about his advice to his younger teammates about financial responsibility.

"Take care of y'all chicken."

Well, it appears that Lynch wants some more chicken of his own.

Three days after losing to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round, Beast Mode has put "take care of yo' chicken" t-shirts on his website, beastmodeonline.com. 

The quote on the t-short isn't the exact quote from the press conference but "yo'" flows better than "y'all" so it makes sense. 

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The shirt is selling for $39.95 and only available in black. 

Now it's up to you if you want to save your chicken, or send it Beast Mode's way.

Remembering the 2015 NFC Championship Game: Seahawks vs. Packers

Remembering the 2015 NFC Championship Game: Seahawks vs. Packers

Ahead of the divisional round playoff matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, it's hard not to think about the last time the two teams faced off in the postseason: The 2015 NFC Championship Game.

The defending champion Seahawks came back from down 16 points to win the game in overtime and head to their second consecutive Super Bowl. 

Let's take a trip down memory lane.

Paul Allen raises the 12 Flag

When you first turn on this classic game, you'll notice the late Seahawks owner Paul Allen raising the 12th man flag before kickoff. Considering how badly Allen is missed at CenturyLink Field it's a welcome sight and brings back a lot of nostalgia, and even some tears.

Jon Ryan's fake field goal

The beginning of the game is something you want to forget and thankfully given the ending we can. Down 16 points in the third quarter and in need of a spark, head coach Pete Caroll calls for a fake field goal after punter Jon Ryan asks for it: a play that wasn't put into the playbook until that week.

What results is one of the most iconic plays (and photos) in franchise history: a 19-yard touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam. Ryan became the first punter in NFL postseason history to throw a touchdown pass. 

Seattle gets within a possession 

Fast forward to near the end of the fourth quarter: The Packers have gotten a field goal to take a 19-7 lead. The Seahawks have the ball third-and-goal from the one-yard line with 2:15 remaining. Quarterback Russell Wilson keeps the ball on the zone read to get into the endzone untouched, pulling Seattle within 19-14.

The onside kick

The Seahawks needed to recover an onside kick to have a chance to win the game. Miraculously, Brandon Bostick, a tight end on onside recovery to block only, tried to catch the ball and dropped it allowing Seattle's Chris Matthews to gain possession of the ball.

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Beast Mode takes the lead, Wilson follows it up with magic

Four plays later, Marshawn Lynch breaks a 24-yard run to take Seattle's first lead of the day. Then on the two-point conversion, Russell Wilson scrambled long enough to throw across the field to Luke Wilson to gain a three-point lead. With 1:25 remaining, the Seahawks have the lead.

That 1:25 was too much time, however. Aaron Rodgers took Green Bay down the field and tied the game at 22 to force overtime.

Tavaris Jackson wins the coin toss

For the overtime coin toss, the Packers brought out multiple team captains including Aaron Rodgers. The Seahawks sent out... backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson who won the toss.

Russell Wilson calls game....and conference

After Tarvaris Jackson did his job, it was Russell Wilson's turn. The Seahawks score and they're the champions due to the NFL overtime rules. He did just that when he connected with Jermaine Kearse on a 35-yard touchdown pass to win the game and the conference.

For those that want to relive the entire game, here it is.

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch rushes in for late first half touchdown

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch rushes in for late first half touchdown

Beast mode is back.

In his first playoff game since infamously not getting the ball on the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch would not be denied.

Beast Mode absorbed contact and ran the ball into the endzone to give the Seahawks a 10-3 lead in the Wild Card round at Philadelphia.

 

In what turned out to be a defensive first two quarters, Lynch finished the half with four carries for 11 yards and a touchdown.

The Seahawks legend returned to Seattle for the postseason in wake of season-ending injuries to Rashad Penny, Chris Carson, and C.J. Prosise. He debuted last week in a Week 17 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers where he ran for 34 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

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WATCH Marshawn Lynch’s leaping touchdown

WATCH Marshawn Lynch’s leaping touchdown

It may not have caused an earthquake this time, but you could hear CenturyLink Field roar all around Seattle which means only one thing: a Marshawn Lynch touchdown.

To cap off a 14 play, 75 yard drive Marshawn Lynch leaped over the line of scrimmage to once again get the Seahawks within one score, 19-14 against the San Francisco 49ers. 

He also made it rain Skittles.

Social media could not have been happier to see Beast Mode score. 

Social Media reacts to Marshawn Lynch's return, first carry in 14 months

Social Media reacts to Marshawn Lynch's return, first carry in 14 months

It took until the Seahawks’ second drive, but the crowd got what they came to see.
Seattle Seahawks legend Marshawn Lynch finally returned to the field and carried the rock in a Seahawks uniform once again.


Following season-ending injuries to running backs Chris Carson, Rashad Penny and C.J. Prosise in recent weeks, Seattle signed Lynch for the remainder of the season and playoffs. He suited up to play in his first NFL game in 14 months, which happened on the NFL's biggest stage, Sunday Night Football. 

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The Seahawks got the ball to start the game and it was rookie running back Travis Homer that got the starting nod instead of Lynch. People were not happy.


Then, in the Seahawks second drive, out trotted Lynch. And Twitter went berserk! 





 

We'll keep updating as the game goes along...

WATCH Marshawn Lynch enters the game, rushes for first time in Seahawks return

WATCH Marshawn Lynch enters the game, rushes for first time in Seahawks return

On January 8, 2011 during a NFC Wild Card game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints, Marshawn Lynch channeled his inner “Beast Mode” when he broke nine tackles during a jaw-dropping 67-yard touchdown run. The play was one of the most incredible runs in NFL history, but what happened next, no one expected.

Teammates and coaches hustled down the field in what only can be described as pure pandemonium. Fans at CenturyLink Field roared so loud that the energy registered of that of a magnitude-one earthquake. A literal earthquake. Or Beast quake as Seattle fans would later call it. It’s the stuff of legends.

In the running back’s return to the Seahawks on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, CenturyLink Field rattled again.

BeastMode, activated!

Both out for a year, Carmelo Anthony reacts to Marshawn Lynch's return

Both out for a year, Carmelo Anthony reacts to Marshawn Lynch's return

Real recognize real.

Or in this case, Beast Mode recognize Beast Mode.

After Monday night’s Trail Blazers game, veteran forward Carmelo Anthony was asked about Marshawn Lynch’s return to the field.  

Obviously he must’ve wanted to come back. He walked away from it, you know, when he wanted to walk away from it… Now he’s deciding to come back, so obviously he’s made peace with that decision of being away from the game and coming back.  --Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony 

Lynch is returning to Seattle for his second stint with the Seahawks, and 12s aren’t the only ones excited for Lynch to be back.

Melo understands that excitement surrounding Lynch’s return.

Since this was the first Anthony was hearing the news after Monday’s loss to the Pelicans, he asked reporters about the return saying, “Is it with Seattle?”

“They need him. They could use him. They definitely could use him,” Anthony said with a smile.  

Lynch retired after the 2015 season, however, the five-time Pro Bowler came out of a one-year retirement to play for his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders, in 2017 and 2018.

At 33 years old, Lynch never filed retirement papers with the league after last season.

Melo admits that his own return and Money Lynch’s return aren’t the same because he can imagine it’s different returning to play in the NBA versus the NFL.

But, there’s one major factor that both Melo and Lynch have in common in their return:

Both players are and have been extremely well-received.

Just as the love poured in from around the NBA when Anthony first stepped foot back on the court with the Blazers in New Orleans back on November 19th, Money Lynch hasn’t even put on a practice jersey for the Seahawks yet and 12s are going nuts for the reunion.

So from one Beast Mode player to the next, Rip City says welcome back Marshawn Lynch.