Marshawn Lynch Is Doing Something Amazing In Retirement
Marshawn Lynch is probably known best as the retired “Beast Mode” Seattle Seahawks 5-time Pro Bowl running back who is a man of few words (even though it looks like he’s about to un-retire soon to the Raiders in 2017). Lynch announced his retirement in quiet unsuspecting way: during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50, when the sports world was fixated on the Broncos-Panthers battle, he tweeted out an image of a pair of green cleats hanging from a telephone wire.
But despite what you may think, Marshawn Lynch isn’t spending his retirement just lying around and eating Skittles.
Just this week, Lynch spoke on the issue of quaterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem and it got people talking. Take a look at the video below:
When he’s not making appearances, it turns out that some time off was just what Mr. “I’m-Only-Here-So-I-Don’t-Get-Fined” running back needed to bring out his inner philanthropist.
According to confirmed reports, unlike many other pro players, Lynch hasn’t spent a dime of the nearly 50 million ($49,703,823 to be exact) he has made in the NFL.
And just turning the ripe old age of 30 (yes, he’s only 30 years old), puts Marshawn ahead of the game on so many levels.
A 2009 Sports Illustrated study claimed that 78 percent of NFL retirees have “gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce” within two years of their careers ending (just look at Terrell Owens). But with rags to riches stories and the trappings of women, bad investments, etc, many fall victim to going back to being broke.
Instead of spending his retirement just lying around and eating Skittles, he appears to be making good use of his first offseason retirement season by going into philanthropy mode and helping build houses for people in Haiti.
Marshawn and former Lions player Stephen Tulloch and the Seahawks’ Clif Avril are in Haiti together, building a school with the Cliff Avril Foundation. They’re also hosting a mobile medical clinic and a football camp.
The mission was organized by Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who is of Haitian descent, along with international charity Free the Children. Avril, Lynch, Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Buccaneers tackle Gosder Cherilus hosted the mobile medical clinic to assist in the everyday illnesses Haitians face but don’t have the resources to cure. The players also donated fresh water for an entire year while fresh water resources were being built.
Lynch has also been busy as a businessman. He recently unveiled a new portal to sell his…