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“Beast Mode” goes gaming: Marshawn Lynch first athlete featured in “Call of Duty” video game

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on June 9, 2015 at 10:35 am with 14 Comments »
June 9, 2015 10:35 am

ESPN released this, trumpeting Marshawn Lynch as the first athlete to be featured in the Call of Duty video game:



The release, from ESPN:

“ESPN The Magazine’s First-Ever eSports Issue on Newsstands Friday

“On the cover:  This year’s Call of Duty cover star isn’t the black-helmeted soldier you’d expect—it’s Seattle Seahawks star and gaming fanatic, Marshawn Lynch. Here’s the story of how a  gamer-turned-motion-capture performer put his stamp on the blockbuster franchise that has captured his imagination and will soon carry his likeness, giving him the distinction of being the first athlete to appear in a Call of Duty game. The Mag’s Sam Alipour provides this exclusive account of the making of his character in ’The Whole Game is Beast Mode.‘”

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  1. Go Beast mode!!!

  2. Slow offseason.

  3. SeahawkFan12 says:


  4. Greg, question for you.

    After last year’s hoopla over Marshawn’s refusal to answer questions during super bowl week, Marshawn said, “I don’t see ya’ll coming down to Oakland. Ya’ll don’t care about us so why should I care about your questions”, or something to that effect.

    After that, I expected that we would some Seahawks reporters going to Oakland in the offseason to talk to Marshawn when he’s in his home. But I haven’t seen it happen, and I have to wonder if Marshawn was right to assume that the press doesn’t care about what’s important to him.

    Is this what it has come to? I’m curious to hear your perspective.

  5. oldtallguy says:

    Great points Stevos

  6. doubledink says:

    Every celebrity should remember,

    They don’t care about you. They only care about what they can get from you – clicks, copy, advertising, retweets etc…

    If Marshawn wasn’t a celeb/star they wouldn’t know him or care about him more than the next homeless guy.

    That is not to say that he shouldn’t engage the media. He should. But all the while keeping this perspective. And I think he should be alert for those types who show respect and have a genuine concern to reveal the deeper story. They have jobs too.

  7. Some press has been to Oakland. There was a great article I read on the web (Grantland maybe? Or one of the other sports sites?) that ran over a year ago where the reporter went to Lynch’s football camp in Oakland and spoke with him briefly.

    Lynch was pretty icy with the reporter as you might expect, but he did talk a little as I recall. It was cool to read about how much the kids looked up to Lynch and how he was trying to help folks out in what is a pretty rough part of the bay area. He clearly cares about his community and wants to use his success to help out.

    I’ll have to see if I can find a link to the article.

  8. trout_hound says:

    Welcome back, T-Jack!

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    T-Jack is back!

    He better watch out for BJ Daniels!

  10. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Sherman just said that Mathews is a tough receiver in practice after a reporter asked him about his performance in the Superbowl. He said even though the Superbowl was his coming out party to the rest of the world, they see it every day in practice and that Mathews is big and athletic. Had nice things to say about Jimmy being feisty and competitive and said he fits well with the group.

  11. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Sherman also said Bennett is in the building, just not out on the field. He didn’t seem concerned.

  12. Gregg Bell says:


    In fact, my predecessor did just that.

    From Eric Williams, in 2013:

  13. Gregg, thanks!

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