Five-time Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch will appear in the upcoming season of “Westworld”, an HBO futurist, sci-fi series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. With his recurring role on “Westworld,” Beastmode has officially gone Hollywood
Lynch retired at the end of the 2018 season after two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He didn’t waste any time before he found his next job as an actor.
After the completion of his work on “Westworld,” Lynch felt the itch to play in the NFL again. His old team, the Seattle Seahawks, desperately needed his services after they lost both their starting and back-up running backs to season-ending injuries. Head Coach Pete Carroll persuaded his former All-Star to suit up once again.
Lynch played in the final game during Week 17 of the 2019 season. Fans got to see Beastmode take the field one more time in the playoffs. Lynch also appeared in two postseason games, and scored three touchdowns.
Lynch rushed for 10,413 yards in his 149-game career that spanned 12 seasons. He also rushed for 85 touchdowns.
The Buffalo Bills drafted Lynch (California) with the #12 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played in Buffalo for 3.5 seasons before the Bills traded him to the Seattle Seahawks. He won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks. He should have won a second if only Carroll had called a running play instead of a failed passing play on the goal line against the New England Patriots.
Beastmode Outside Football
Lynch made cameos on FX’s “The League” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Fox. He played spoofs or caricatures of himself in both of those sitcoms.
In “Westworld,” Lynch plays a henchman or some sort of muscle according to the trailer released by HBO.
“HBO execs couldn’t reveal too much about Lynch’s role, lest the plot also be exposed, but a network spokesperson Lynch is expected to have a ‘fun and pretty substantial role’ as he veers from his football persona,” reported ESPN.
Lynch is a man of the people. After an Oakland Raiders game last season, fans spotted Lynch riding the BART train back home. Lynch loved eating Skittles candy so much that fans threw Skittles at the end zone whenever he scored a touchdown. His love of the candy landed him an endorsement contract.
Despite being shy and standoffish with the press during his tenure in the NFL, Lynch appeared in a segment on the Conan O’Brien Show in which he played Mortal Kombat against Rob Gronkowski. They also played other video games with Conan.
Around the same time, word got out that Lynch was a gamer and eSports enthusiast. In 2016, he appeared an Xbox commercial playing Madden Football. Last year, Beastmode put his Fortnite skills on display, teaming up with Ninja in the 2019 Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am.
Aside from acting, Lynch is one of the co-owners of the Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League.
The new season of “Westworld” begins on March 15 on HBO, and fans can’t wait to see how big a role Lynch will play in the series.