Marshawn Lynch, known for his Beast Mode style of play, does things his way – and does it quietly
In the hills near his waterfront home in nearby Richmond, most mornings during the offseason you can find Marshawn Lynch climbing makeshift stairs he had built for his daily training regimen.
“It’s just putting in the time,” he said. “That’s it. It ain’t nothing too special to it, just putting in the time and the effort.”
Reports of Lynch not showing up for part of the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason program made news back in Washington. However, Lynch, 27, diligently trained at home, reporting to training camp in the best shape of his life.
“He’s really worked,” Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith said. “And we’ve just talked about him getting better this year, so in the fourth quarter when we go into our four-minute offense, he stays on the field. I told him that’s your job – to win the game for us in the end.
“So when we have to run the ball 10 times, 12 times – whatever it is – that he’s not on the sideline eating Skittles and drinking water.”
While other Seahawks generate more headlines – think Richard Sherman – and national attention – Russell Wilson – it is Lynch who is the engine that makes Seattle’s run-first attack go.
Lynch set a career high for rushing yards (1,590) and attempts (315) last season. His 2,531 rushing yards since Week 9 of the 2011 season is the most over that time frame.
He’s rushed for 100 yards or more in 16 of his last 25 games. He was voted to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, and has earned the nickname Beast Mode because of his physical, relentless running style.
But you won’t hear him talk about it, because Lynch evades reporters like the would-be tacklers he dodges and plows through on the field.
“I just feel it’s crazy how much time people put into this media stuff,” he said. “If they put as much time into the media as they put into something else in life, they’d be great at doing something.
“I mean, what am I going to talk about?”
It’s not the spotlight Lynch avoids as much as it is who he is.
“He was always a real quiet kid,” Lynch’s mother, DeLisa Lynch said. “But if he set his mind toward it, then that’s what was going to happen. He’s been like that.”
Added Virdell Larkins, Lynch’s uncle who served as his running back coach at Oakland Technical High School: “All those personal accolades, that don’t mean nothing to him. He loves the game. And when the game is not fun for him, then he’ll probably let it go.”