Beast Mode Has Become Mr. Personality

Former NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch has been showing his sociable and humanitarian side since retiring from the NFL. He’s doing some interviews, building schools in Haiti and making his rounds with his celebrity friends.

Last week alone he popped up in two prominent spots. 

Shortly before kickoff on Saturday night’s college football game between Cal and Washington, Lynch, wearing a T-shirt that read “Beastmode Valet Service,” zipped out of the Memorial Stadium tunnel behind the wheel of an injury cart. With his mother in the passenger’s seat, he merked toward midfield.

Lynch bounced and boogied while driving the cart in a recklessly dope manner, almost hitting some Cal band members, who were nonetheless enthused. The 50,000 fans in attendance roared even louder when Lynch’s mom exited the cart and Bay Area rap legend E-40 rode shotgun. 

The scene was all part of bobblehead night, where the Golden Bears gave out 10,000 replicas of  Lynch’s famous 2006 celebratory ghost ride of the injury cart following an interception for a score. 

Lynch also found time to pay a visit to two-time World Champion Andre Ward at training camp, ahead of his Pound For Pound showdown against Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

 In Wards first fight at light heavyweight against the then-undefeated Sullivan Barrera at Oracle Arena, Beast Mode was part of a star-studded entourage including Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Michael B. Jordan that walked Ward into the ring and then proceeded to rush the ring upon Ward’s decisive and unanimous decision victory.

W’eve never seen Lynch smile so much. It’s good to see him enjoying life in his post-NFL career. He seems to be in a great place. 


JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.