Marshawn Lynch ’04

Marshawn Lynch, Class of 2004

Nicknamed “Beast Mode,” Marshawn was a high school All-American running back at Tech in 2003. He led the Bulldogs to their first Oakland Athletic League championship since 1951. While at Tech, Marshawn ran for 1,722 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in just eight regular season games. In addition to running back, he also played defensive back, quarterback, wide receiver and linebacker. He was rated the #2 running back in the nation during his senior year. He also ran track for Tech and played on the basketball team alongside Leon Powe.

Marshawn played football at the University of California, Berkeley where he was an All-American and the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year as he established a school record seventeen 100-yard games. He became an all-pro running back in the N.F.L. where he won a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Lynch remains active in the Tech community, where his Family First Foundation hosts an annual football camp, talent show and other fundraising events to support the local community. A film chronicling his life growing up in Oakland (starring both Marshawn Lynch and his cousin, Josh Johnson) was scheduled to be released in late 2014.