Long earth-shaking runs and press-conference silence appeared to be the memories that Marshawn Lynch would leave behind.
In the last two years, different sides of him have come out, the philanthropist and the fun person. He is always donating to a cause, or appearing on television doing something hilarious.
His former teammates with the Seattle Seahawks have always known this side of him exists, and told The Seattle Times’ Jayson Jenks a plethora of stories about just how kind and giving nature of Lynch.
The story centers around a scene at a hospital after former Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette suffered a neck injury that eventually cost him his career. His family was there and they saw Lynch in the lobby sobbing after seeing his teammate strapped to the bed.
He gathered himself and entered the room to make Lockette and his family feel as good as possible in that situation. Lynch later asked the family how long they would be staying in Dallas as Lockette was injured during a game against the Cowboys. They told him they were staying until he could get up and walk again.
“He said, ‘I’ve got you guys. You don’t have to worry about anything.’ Lockette’s father told Jenks. “When I say he meant that, he really did. He took care of us for a period of time to make sure we didn’t have to worry about getting places, transportation, anything. He did that.”
Jenks relayed this story to some of Lynch’s former teammates and they told their own stories about him. Defensive end Cliff Avril talked about how Lynch is helping him with charitable efforts in Haiti and punter Jon Ryan talked about how his mom wanted to meet Lynch and he sat with her for a half hour after taking a beating during a game.
Running back Thomas Rawls’ mom, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, linebacker Bobby Wagner, offensive tackle Garry Gilliam and center Justin Britt also shared stories about their experiences with Lynch.