Beastmode: Marshawn Lynch Has Saved Nearly Every Penny Of His $50M NFL Earnings
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
According to a Sports Illustrated article from 2009, 78% of National Football League (NFL) players are either bankrupt or commit suicide within two years of retirement and an estimated 60% of National Basketball Association players go bankrupt within five years of retirement.
It has become common to hear stories of athletes who have swam through millions, even hundreds of millions of dollars, without anything to show for it, but there is one player who was determined not to be be a statistic – and surprisingly it is the Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch.
According to an NFL Network insider, the running back affectionately known as Beastmode has not spent a dime of his earned NFL salary since his rookie year. Lynch was taken with the 12th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 NFL Draft and has earned a healthy $49,703,823.
“The Seahawks star running back just opened his first Flagship ‘Beastmode’ store— he’s got endorsements out the a** — and according to the NFL Network insider — Lynch has saved every dime of the $50 million he’s made since entering the NFL.”
Lynch, hailing form Oakland, CA, has been an enigma and rebel in the NFL since he was drafted, but gained somewhat of a cult following when he took a stance against the media by refusing to talk to them in defense of having his words taken out of context. When pressured by the NFL with fines he would simply repeat predetermined phrases like, “I’m only here so I won’t get fined.”
It seems as if the down to earth sensibilities Lynch learned growing up poor on the rough streets of Oakland has served him wonderfully in the NFL. Lynch was able to avoid the trappings of newfound wealth from the NFL and live a comfortable life – more importantly within his means and saving a lions share of his earnings.
Lynch is facing the very real position of not being picked up by the Seattle Seahawks this offseason and may be forced to retire. There are talks that the Green Bay Packers may be interested in Lynch’s services, but if he has to retire and walk of into the sunset, he will be just fine !!
Now that’s BOSS !!!
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