Marshawn Lynch once hesitated to appear on camera and is ready to make his big break in the world of sports broadcasting.
The former Seahawks running back is reportedly attending Amazon’s new Thursday Night Football show, which is slated to premiere in 2023. Lynch will act as the reporter / analyst who will feel more relaxed about it, according to the NY Post. Amazon declined to comment.
Al Michaels is expected to take control of the broadcast using a play-by-play analysis. The network is also actively seeking a color analyst, with Fox’s Troy Aikman, NBC’s Drew Brees and NBC’s Cris Collinsworth reportedly in the running to partner with Michaels.
The NFL announced the long-term broadcast rights of Thursday Night Football with Amazon in March 2021.
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Lynch was recently featured on ESPN’s ManningCast on the Saints-Seahawks Monday Night Football show. There, the loose-lipped lynch uttered several profanities and discussed his ritual before the game, which was about drinking Hennessy.
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Originally designed by the Buffalo Bills in 2007, Lynch stormed 10,413 yards with the Bills, Seahawks and Raiders in 12 seasons. Known for triggering the “BeastQuake” in 2011, fans remember “BeastMode” for its public love for Skittles and public hatred of media stewardship. As a player, Lynch was fined $ 100,000 for evading media liability mandated by the league.
The reported inclusion of Lynch by Seattle-based Amazon reflects the alternate viewing strategy that competitors have implemented. ESPN was successful with Manningcast and will add Sunday Night Baseball with Kay-Rod starring Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez to its programming. Similarly, during the network’s major events, NBC provided alternate viewing with Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart on its streaming service Peacock.
While Lynch may not have enjoyed the media as a gamer, apparently in retirement he has found his way as a speaker and commentator.