Marshawn Terrell Lynch was born in Oakland, California on April 22, 1986. A running back for the Seattle Seahawks, he previously played for the Buffalo Bills. Lynch is a one-time Super Bowl champion and has been selected to the Pro Bowl on four occasions during his career so far.
Lynch first generated a strong reputation during his time at Oakland Technical High School. Having previously experimented with playing at quarterback and linebacker, he settled into the running back role and was named as an All-American by PrepStar and SuperPrep in 2003. His performances that year also saw him voted as the San Francisco East Bay Player of the Year.
Following his high school career, Lynch decided to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he played college football for the California Golden Bears. As a true freshman, he served as backup, before becoming the school's starting running back in his sophomore year in 2005. Over the course of the year, he amassed 1,246 rushing yards, 196 carries and 10 touchdowns. At the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, he was named as the game's Most Valuable Player. The following season was even more successful, as Lynch was named first team All-American, first team All-Pac-10 and the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.
After deciding to bypass his senior year, Lynch declared himself eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft and was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round, as the 12th overall pick. He entered his rookie year as the Bills' starting running back and ended the season with 1,115 total rushing yards. In the process, he became the first Bills rookie for more than 20 years to exceed the 1,000 yard mark. At the end of the 2008 season, he was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time, but his 2009 season was disrupted by a suspension after he pleaded guilty to weapons charges.
In 2010, Lynch was traded to the Seattle Seahawks and went on to earn successive Pro Bowl selections in 2011, 2012 and 2013. His performances in 2012 saw him named first team All-Pro by the Associated Press and in 2013, he was a major factor in the Seahawks reaching Super Bowl XLVIII. At the Super Bowl, they defeated the Denver Broncos, with Lynch contributing a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.
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