Seahawks Players Share Amazing Stories About The Kindness of Retired RB Marshawn Lynch
A few years ago, former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was caught in a candid conversation with cornerback Richard Sherman when he was asked what he would be doing for Christmas. Lynch advised that he needed to get through Thanksgiving first and he would be giving out Turkeys in the hood.
That was just one of many moments where Lynch proved to us all that he has a good heart and always gives back.
Recently, Lynch shared that he was loving retirement and there was no way he would be returning to play football. His teammates wish he would return, and while they wait for him they decided to share some random acts of kindness on the part of Lynch, which made him more than just a teammate—they also made him a lifelong friend.
“Former Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette told his. Both were unprompted.
Lockette’s story started in a hospital room in Dallas on the day his football career ended. He couldn’t move his neck. Offensive lineman Russell Okung was on his right, Lynch on his left. Lynch made Lockette laugh so hard that Lockette eventually told him: “Bro, you’re going to kill me! I haven’t had surgery yet. “He just told me, ‘Don’t be in here crying,’” Lockette said. “’Don’t be doing all that crying because Beast Mode don’t cry, and if you cry, I’m going to cry.’ I can visually picture that. I enjoyed that.”
Ricardo’s dad chimes in:
“We were in there with Ricardo and everything was in a sad mode,” said Earl Lockette Sr., Ricardo’s dad. “A nurse comes up and says, ‘We don’t know much about football, Mr. Lockette, but there’s a guy outside who says he needs to be in here. He says he plays with Ricardo, and his name is Marshawn Lynch.’ I go to the lobby, and Marshawn has his bags. He said, ‘I knew it was more than what they told me when I saw him go down. I knew it was more severe than that and I could not leave him here.’
He went on to state how Lynch took great care of the family and provided everything they needed from places to stay to transportation:
“What Ricardo didn’t know is that Marshawn peeked in the room and saw he was in there, in the bed, strapped down, couldn’t move, and he cried like a baby. Marshawn did. I won’t tell you everything he did, but he took a couple steps back and soaked those tears up, and he went in there and made my son feel like he could run and jump.
“And then on top of that, we didn’t know nothing about nothing. He asked us, ‘How long are you guys going to be here?’ We said, ‘We don’t know. Until he gets up and walks again, we’re not leaving.’ He said” ‘I’ve got you guys. You don’t have to worry about anything.’ 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.”
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril has his own story about Lynch:
“It’s not even a football thing. Knowing that I’m Haitian, he actually put me in contact with the people he’s been working with who go around the world and build schools. He put me in contact with them and told me if there was anything I needed as far as building a school or his support, he was all in. And he has definitely been all in. He has been to both trips that my foundation has taken to Haiti to build a school, and he has also pledged to help me build a classroom for the school. We were just casually talking about our foundations one day and I said, ‘One day I’d like to build a school.’ When the opportunity presented itself with him, the first person he thought of was me. He introduced me, and for him to even think about me was pretty cool. We’ll go on these trips and we’ll talk to the people handling the school, and he wanders off and is playing football and soccer with the kids.”
To read more stories about Marshawn and the way his teammates felt about him, check it out here at Seattle Times.