Lynch was born on April 22, 1986 in Oakland, California. He attended Oakland Technical High School, where he starred at running back and also played other positions including defensive back and defensive end, where he forced three fumbles in one game. In fact, he was ranked as the #1 defensive back in the country at the end of his senior year after accumulating 20 interceptions, but decided to stick to his preferred running back position. He also played basketball alongside fellow California athlete and Celtics forward Leon Powe.
Lynch attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played football for three years. In his career, he rushed 490 times for 3,230 yards, a career average of 6.6 yards per carry. He scored 29 rushing touchdowns, and also added 68 receptions for 600 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was named the 2006 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. After his game-winning overtime touchdown against the University of Washington, he showed his Bay Area roots by ghost-riding an injury cart around the field during the post-game celebration.
On April 28, 2007, Lynch was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played three full seasons at running back for the Bills, before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks in the midst of the 2010 season. In his time with the
Bills, he accumulated 687 carries for 2,765 yards and 17 touchdowns.
He currently wears jersey #24 for the Seahawks, the number he wore for his freshman year at Cal. He finished the 2010-'11 season with 202 carries for 737 yards, including six touchdown runs. In the Seahawks week 1 wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, Lynch accumulated 131 yards on 19 carries, including a 67 yard touchdown run which many believe to be one of the best in NFL playoff history.
Lynch was part of the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII championship team, running for over 100 yards in victories against both the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers and scoring one of four touchdowns in the team's Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos. It was during the season leading up to the Super Bowl that Lynch would be nicknamed "Beast Mode" due to his explosive running ability on the field.
In Video Games
Marshawn Lynch has been featured in three editions of EA Sports' NCAA Football franchise and four editions of Madden NFL to date.