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There will never be another player in the NFL quite like Marshawn Lynch.
On Sunday he’ll suit up for the Seattle Seahawks in a winner-take-all battle for the NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers, just two weeks after he was standing in the Oakland Coliseum parking lot handing out tequila shots to Raiders fans.
Lynch was seen tailgating with fans in a Beast Mode shirt before the Raiders’ 20-16 loss to the Jaguars on Dec. 15 — their final game in Oakland before the team relocates to Las Vegas.
An Oakland native, Lynch attended Oakland Technical High, played for the Cal Bears in Berkeley, and suited up for the Raiders from 2017-18 before saying he planned to retire. Lynch was announced as a co-owner of the Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League in September, and was entirely out of the NFL rumor mill in 2019.
But then the Seahawks lost starting running back Chris Carson, back-up Rashaad Penny, and change of pace back C.J. Prosise, and like that, Lynch was already on a plane to Seattle to meet with Pete Carroll to discuss a reunion. Lynch played for the Seahawks from 2010-15 and won a Super Bowl in Seattle in 2014.
According to his agent, Doug Hendrickson, Lynch signed a 1-year contract with the Seahawks and will be with them for the final game of the regular season and into the postseason.
That final game against the 49ers will have major implications on the 2019-2020 postseason for both Lynch and San Francisco — Niners win and they will take control of the NFC West and the No. 1 seed overall, lose and they’ll be headed for a wildcard game on the road as the 5 seed.
Grant Marek is the Editorial Director of SFGATE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @grant_marek
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