Getting Into "Beast Mode" With Marshawn Lynch

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent INovember 13, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. The Browns defeated the Bills 6-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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With enough game previews and Bills quarterback talk on the site already, I have decided to do a profile on one of my favorite Buffalo Bills, Marshawn Lynch.

Early Years

Marshawn Lynch was born on April 22, 1986, in Oakland, California, to a family of athletes. His uncle Lorenzo Lynch played 11 years in the NFL as a cornerback, and his cousin Josh Johnson was recently drafted as a quarterback by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Marshawn was nickmaned "Money" while attending Oakland Technical High School, where he performed outstanding in not only football, but track, and basketball as well.

Marshawn excelled at football, not only exceeding as a running back, but as a quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, and even returning kicks.

After rushing for 1,722 yards and 23 touchdowns in his senior year, he was named the San Francisco East Bay Player of the Year. Lynch also scored an astounding 10 touchdowns in the teams two postseason games.

Entering college, Lynch was ranked the No. 2 running back recruit, only behind Adrian Peterson.


Marshawn Lynch attended California, where he backed up J.J Arrington, and still managed 628 yards with eight touchdowns as a true freshman.

The highlight of his college career came at the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, where Lynch single-handedly destroyed BYU, rushing for 194 yards, with three touchdowns. Lynch was named MVP, and didnt look back.

The following season, Lynch was named to the All Pac-10 Team, and was highly ranked in the Heisman Race.


After the 2006 season, Marshawn Lynch decided to skip his senior year, and enter the NFL Draft. At the combine, he ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, ensuring his spot at the top of the draft.

He was drafted 12th overall by the Bills, signing a six year, $18.9 million dollar contract, and quickly made an impact, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown in his first game, in a 15-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Marshawn's breakout game however, happened on Nov. 4th against the Bengals, where he rushed for 153 yards, including a 56 yard sprint. He also threw a passing touchdown to Robert Royal.

As a rookie, he amassed over 1,000 yards, scoring seven touchdowns. In his following season, he rushed for 1,036 yards with eight touchdowns, and was selected to the Pro Bowl, after Tennessee Running Back Chris Johnson was injured.

Legal Issues

Three days following the Pro Bowl, Lynch was arrested for possession of a firearm, after a police officer reported smelling marijuana. NFL Commissioner suspended Marshawn for the first three games of the 2009 season. Lynch also pled guilty to a hit and run in 2008, after striking and injuring a woman in his Porsche Cayenne.


Marshawn performed well in his rookie and sophomore campaigns for the Buffalo Bills, but in the 2009 season he hasn't been able to make plays, only averaging about two to three yards per carry. He has recently been sharing carries with Fred Jackson, who led Buffalo to a hot start, while Lynch was serving his three game suspension.

Hopefully, Marshawn can live up to his nickname, and play like a beast on the field in upcoming games.


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