He may be retired, but Marshawn Lynch decided he still had a few carries left in him.
Thomas Neumann for ESPN.com reports that Lynch was initially observing a Cal football practice on Tuesday, but wound up becoming a participant. The former Seahawks running back suited up in pads and a helmet and took some reps with the scout team offense as the Golden Bears ready for the NCAA opener against Hawaii on Friday.
No word on whether Lynch went full Beastmode on some poor 20-year-old kid.
Lynch of course played his college ball at Cal, where he rushed for 3,230 yards and 29 touchdowns en route to becoming the 12th-overall draft pick by the Bills in 2007. Head coach Sonny Dykes says the five-time Pro Bowler has been a positive influence on the program this summer.
“He’s been really great with our players and has interacted with their families,” Dykes said. “He loves young people and trying to have an impact on them. He does a lot of things that people don’t know about behind the scenes. We’re lucky to have him around.”
Lynch is only 30 years old, but the wheels came off last season, as he struggled to find room to run and wound up missing nine games due to injury. Fortunately, he seems to have found other ways to occupy his time and stay around the game of football, which it turns out is very beneficial for Cal.
Until he trucks over one of their linebackers at practice that is.