As you would expect, Marshawn Lynch remains an ever present figure with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch still stays very much in touch with all of them. The Seattle Times did a great feature recounting all the amazing Marshawn stories that Seahawks players had over the years with Beast Mode.
Cal fans all know how great a person Marshawn Lynch is. Just in the past few months, he accompanied the Cal football team to Australia and donned the blue and gold again. He helped promote his Beastmode Apparel, which helps give back to the Fam 1st Foundation.
There are some very important things to Cal fans to take from this story. Like how much Marshawn Lynch hates Stanford.
Here’s what he said to Stanford grad and Seahawks rookie Doug Baldwin when Justin Forsett introduced the two.
Marshawn is the greatest human being ever. Data point number one billion pic.twitter.com/3wZwjMcMht— TwistNHook (@TwistNHook) October 26, 2016
(The expletive is not mentioned, but I can guess that only one really works in this context).
On a more serious note, there are some amazing stories in here, not just about Marshawn’s spirit and attitude, but his generosity and kindness. One story about what Lynch did for Ricardo Lockette’s family sticks out.
“We were in there with Ricardo and everything was in a sad mode,” said Earl Lockette Sr., Ricardo’s dad. “A nurse comes up and says, ‘We don’t know much about football, Mr. Lockette, but there’s a guy outside who says he needs to be in here. He says he plays with Ricardo, and his name is Marshawn Lynch.’ I go to the lobby, and Marshawn has his bags. He said, ‘I knew it was more than what they told me when I saw him go down. I knew it was more severe than that and I could not leave him here.’
“What Ricardo didn’t know is that Marshawn peeked in the room and saw he was in there, in the bed, strapped down, couldn’t move, and he cried like a baby. Marshawn did. I won’t tell you everything he did, but he took a couple steps back and soaked those tears up, and he went in there and made my son feel like he could run and jump.
“And then on top of that, we didn’t know nothing about nothing. He asked us, ‘How long are you guys going to be here?’ We said, ‘We don’t know. Until he gets up and walks again, we’re not leaving.’ He said” ‘I’ve got you guys. You don’t have to worry about anything.’ When I say he meant that, he really did. He took care of us for a period of time to make sure we didn’t have to worry about getting places, transportation, anything. He did that.”
Lockette’s family sat in that hospital room sad and afraid. They didn’t know what was going to happen to their son. He had never looked so vulnerable. But then here came Lynch, cackling and making jokes, and the Lockettes swear the mood in the room changed, which leads to one final story.
“There was a male nurse,” Earl Lockette Sr. said. “You remember the movie with the Fockers? Marshawn would call the male nurse that. I think it was Gaylord, right? He’d say, ‘Hey, Gaylord!’ He kept calling him that, and we didn’t know what he was talking about. He was like, ‘You know, Gaylord Focker!’ The male nurse was even laughing. He lifted everybody’s spirits. He made us forget the situation we were in. He would not leave until after Ricardo’s surgery, and we just thought it was beautiful for him to do that.”
Beast Mode Forever and Ever.