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The Best ‘Beast Mode’ Moments From Marshawn Lynch’s NFL Career

At his best, the running back trucked opponents and rushed harder than anyone in the league.
The Best ‘Beast Mode’ Moments From Marshawn Lynch’s NFL Career

Beast Mode out.

After countless memorable moments and some of the toughest runs anyone has ever seen, the Seattle Seahawks placed Marshawn Lynch on the retired/reserve list during the 2016 offseason, effectively ending his NFL career.

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The star running back had previously announced that he was retiring with a Twitter post during Super Bowl 50—literally hanging up his cleats—but without official paperwork, many wondered if he’d have a change of heart.

He did not. Lynch after putting up over 9,100 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns in his 10-year NFL career—six of which came with the Seahawks—Beast Mode hung up his cleats.

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Lynch was the heart and soul of the Seahawks offense during his time with the team, becoming a fan favorite for his affinity for Skittles and for trucking over opponents with bruising runs. 

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Here's a look at the most badass, toughest, and coolest moments—commercials and interviews too!—from Lynch’s career:

Watch out for the “Beast Quake.” Lynch takes the rock for a now-legendary 67-yard touchdown—literally barrelling through the New Orleans Saints defense for the score in the NFC Wild Card game.


This man will not be stopped. Lynch takes the ball at the 7-yard line and drags half the Giants defense with him into the endzone. The Giants would get another long look at Lynch a few years later—he scored four touchdowns in a 2014 win against Big Blue, including one that left Zack Bowman (No. 31) afraid to make a tackle.

Might as well be “Beast Quake Part II.” Lynch takes the ball against the Arizona Cardinals and goes HAM, shoving All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson off him, running in for the 79-yard touchdown—the longest of Lynch’s career.

Lynch takes the ball from inside the 10-yard line against the Oakland defense and simply refuses to go down. “Beast Mode” chips future Hall of Fame player Charles Woodson in the process before getting into the endzone.

Lynch takes the ball from the Seattle 2-yard line, storms through the first set of Texans defenders, and finds some open space for a major gain. Lynch stiff arms, hops and jukes all the way to the Houston 45-yard line on the other side of the field.

This 15-yard run against the Eagles is the definition of maximum effort and never giving up on a play. Lynch is enveloped by the Philly defense and basically disappears in a pile of players—then POW! Beast Mode re-appears, seemingly out of nowhere, and rumbles in for the touchdown.

Lynch has never been shy about his feelings regarding media interviews—he is NOT a fan—but at Super Bowl Media Day in 2014 he opened up a bit to Deion Sanders of the NFL Network. Lynch answered a question about why he was thinking of skipping the event by saying: "I'm just 'bout that action, boss."

Following a bruising 15-yard touchdown run against the Philadelphia Eagles, Lynch snacked on some Skittles—his favorite candy—on the sidelines to charge back up for the next series. But that wasn't the only time Lynch took a snack break: He also tasted the rainbow sweets ahead of the Super Bowl against the Broncos.

Lynch gave Super Bowl Media Day some entertainment with his responses to questions before taking on the Denver Broncos. Lynch’s now-famous line “I'm just here so I won’t get fined"—which was trademarked and later put on shirts was echoed time and time again as the running back was peppered with questions. 

Lynch is usually guarded in his media appearances, but when it comes to commercials, it’s all “Beast Mode,” all the time. Lynch’s commercial promoting Xbox and Madden is one of his best—and it features a raccoon named “Jericho” too.


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