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Marshawn Lynch

Born:  April 22, 1986

Birthplace:     Oakland, CA

Zodiac Sign:  Taurus

Marshawn Terrell Lynch is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft after playing college football at the University of California at Berkeley, where he became the school's second all-time career rusher. As a member of the Seattle Seahawks, he won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. After initially retiring after the 2015 season, Lynch applied for reinstatement and was traded to the Raiders in April 2017. Lynch earned the nickname "Beast Mode" for his powerful running style and consistent ability to run over defenders and break tackles.

At Oakland Technical High School, Lynch was a four-sport star for the Bulldogs football, basketball, track, and wrestling In his 2003 season, Lynch amassed 1,722 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in only eight regular season games and an additional 375 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in two postseason games. He was voted a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American and was also voted the San Francisco East Bay Player of the Year. In basketball, he played on the Oakland Tech's team alongside future Cal star Leon Powe. Lynch helped lead his team to the state semi-finals.

In addition to football, Lynch excelled in track and field, where he competed mainly as a sprinter, but also in jumping events. He recorded a personal-best time of 10.94 seconds in the 100-meter dash as a senior, while also posting top-leaps of 1.94 meters (6 ft, 4 in) in the high jump and 6.38 meters (20 ft, 10 in) in the long jump.

Lynch was a versatile athlete on the football field. He played defensive back and also played some quarterback, wide receiver, and linebacker in high school. The Rivals.com recruiting network had him ranked #2 in the nation at running back behind Adrian Peterson.

Lynch attended the University of California, Berkeley, and played for the California Golden Bears football team. He majored in social welfare. Lynch was nicknamed "Money" in college.

As a true freshman in 2004, Lynch was the primary backup to senior J. J. Arrington. Lynch carried the ball 71 times for 628 yards with eight rushing touchdowns and 147 yards on 19 receptions and two receiving touchdowns. Source.

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