As soon as Marshawn Lynch is reluctant to appear in front of the camera, he is ready to make his big breakthrough into the world of sports broadcasts.
The former Seahawks runner is reportedly joining the new Amazon football show on Thursday, which premieres in 2023. Lynch will serve as a reporter / analyst, which, according to the NY Post, will seem more relaxed. Amazon declined to comment.
Al Michaels is expected to take the lead in a play-by-play broadcast. The network is also actively looking for a color analyst, with Troy Aikman of Fox, Drew Brees of NBC and Cris Collinsworth of NBC reportedly seeking to work with Michaels.
The NFL announced long-term broadcasting rights to Thursday Night Football with Amazon in March 2021.
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Lynch recently appeared on ESPN ManningCast during Saints-Seahawks Monday Night Football. Lynch with loose lips uttered several vulgar expressions there and discussed his pre-match ritual involving drinking Hennessy.
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Originally drafted in 2007 by Buffalo Bills, Lynch has rushed 10,413 yards in 12 seasons with the Bills, Seahawks and Raiders. Known for launching “BeastQuake” in 2011, fans remember “BeastMode” for his public love for the Skittles and his public hatred of media responsibility. As a player, Lynch was fined $ 100,000 for evading media obligations required by the league.
Seattle-based Amazon’s Lynch addition reflects an alternative tracking strategy put in place by competitors. ESPN was successful with “Manningcast” and will add “Sunday Night Baseball with Kay-Rod” starring Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez to its program. Similarly, NBC provided an alternative option to watch with Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart on its Peacock streaming service during the network’s major events.
Although Lynch did not like the media as a player, he seems to have retired as a spokesman and commentator in retirement.