Whenever Marshawn Lynch took an NFL handoff, he presented great danger to the defense thanks to his “Beast Mode” size and strength. But in the week leading up to Thanksgiving 2020, it was Lynch doing the handing off.
The former Seahawks’ star was in Honolulu, Hawaii, handing out turkeys ahead of the holiday. Video showed Lynch handing out the Thanksgiving meal to families in their cars in a socially distanced charitable act. In all, Lynch handed out 200 turkeys through his Fam 1st Family Foundation.
“First of all, we are blessed. Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch, along with his foundation Fam 1st Family Foundation is out here donating 200 turkeys to anyone and everyone that wants to come through,” former Hawaii receiver Chad Owens told Hawaii News Now. “So I’m just here to help assist and support Marshawn in his wanting to give this Thanksgiving season.”
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This isn’t the first time Lynch’s name has been associated with a bird (and not just the Seahawks, either). When he was retiring, he encouraged younger players to “take care of y’all chicken,” in this case encouraging them to manage their money.
Lynch hasn’t necessarily gone quietly into retirement, either. His agent told ESPN earlier in 2020 that he’d been in contact with Seattle about a possible Lynch return. The 34-year old Lynch played one regular-season game for the Seahawks in 2019, rushing 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown, before also suiting up for two playoff games. Lynch’s current career NFL stats include 10,413 rushing yards and 79 rushing touchdowns.
Even before Lynch’s retirement, he’d spent a large portion of time traveling the world. A Sports Illustrated story in 2018 listed some of Lynch’s destinations as Egypt, Turkey, Brazil and Portugal.
Lynch took some of those trips as a member of the Football Without Borders campaign, and he’s been generous with his time for giving throughout his career (when it didn’t involve giving answers to the press). He founded the Fam 1st Family Foundation in 2011, and it’s “focused on improving the lives of children by mentoring them on the importance of education, literacy and self-esteem.” The Fam 1st Family Foundation runs youth programs for architecture and design, coding, culinary skills, music and young entrepreneurs, according to the foundation’s website.
The latest way Lynch went about improving lives was simple: He handed out those 200 turkeys.
Marshawn Lynch commercials
Lynch has also been a popular figure in NFL commercials of late. Before the season, Lynch read a storybook in a “The Night Before Kickoff” campaign.
A recent Microsoft Surface commercial also featured Lynch, playing off his “Beast Mode” nickname with the phrase “Feast Mode.”
ESPN is also advertising a new episode of its Peyton Manning show on ESPN+ that’ll feature Lynch, and even the commercial allows Manning to already get a hit on Lynch.
Reporters that covered Lynch during his playing days, when he was famous for saying at a press conference “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” are likely wishing Lynch had been so talkative when they covered him.