Trade to ‘Hawks Unleashes Lynch’s Inner Beast Mode

beast mode

Playing in his first ever NFL playoff game on January 8, 2011, Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch, scored on a dynamic 67 yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints. Even if you were not watching the game that day, I am sure you have seen highlights of the run known as “Beast Quake” where Lynch broke nine tackles and threw Saints’ defender, Tracy Porter, to the ground with one arm. Thus, the nickname “Beast Mode” was born.

This is the kind of back the Buffalo Bills expected when they selected Lynch with the 12th selection in the 2007 draft. A tough runner who attended the University of California, Berkley and grew up in tough neighborhood in Oakland, California, Lynch only showed flashes of the man we refer to as “Beast Mode” while sporting the red, white, and blue of the Buffalo Bills.

While rushing for over 1000 yards in two out of three seasons for the Bills and earning one Pro Bowl appearance as an alternate in 2008, the Bills were not happy with their investment. Lynch was growing unhappy sharing carries with Fred Jackson. Thus, Lynch was traded to the Seahawks in October 2010 for a 4th round pick in 2011 and conditional pick in 2012 which turned into a 5th round pick. Not a bad investment for the Seahawks as Lynch has made the Pro Bowl his four full seasons with the team.

Lynch will turn 29 in April, but continues to get in “Beast Mode” while donning the Seahawks’ green and blue. He proved his critics wrong this year who felt like Lynch needed to share carries with younger backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.

Over 1300 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground and another 367 and four touchdowns through the air in 2014 prove Lynch still can run like a beast…no pun intended.

And that’s…as I see it!

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