Marshawn Lynch, known for his crushing running style back in his NFL days, spent part of his Monday calmly walking down the middle of a crowded Honolulu street.
He was giving out free turkeys so folks can have something tasty to place on their Thanksgiving table.
Lynch, who last played in the NFL 10 months ago, is notorious for his media silence. He avoids publicity, so it was an unexpected glimpse to see Lynch out in his community. Although he lives in California, he spends a lot of time in Hawaii. He bought an ocean front house there on Oahu’s North Shore earlier this year.
Dressed in a black T-shirt and a pair of “Beast Mode” shorts, Lynch helped hand out turkeys as part of his FamFirst Family Foundation. There was Reggae music playing in the background, giving the whole event a definitive island feel. Lynch even joked around, acting as if he was about to pass one of the turkeys to a nearby driver.
Chad Owens, a former Hawaii football player, joined Lynch. Owens spoke to the media. Lynch rarely speaks to reporters.
“First of all we are blessed,” Owens told Hawaii News Now. “You know Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch, along with his … Foundation is out here donating 200 turkeys to anyone and everyone that wants to come through. So 200 turkeys, man, that’s huge. So I’m just here to help assist and support Marshawn in his wanting to give this Thanksgiving season.”
“As you can see we’ve got a lot of support out here today, especially during this time,” Owens said. “It’s a lot of negativity going on as you know. We don’t have to speak on it, but I think people want more positivity. People need more positivity.. And Thanksgiving is the time to give. That’s what we’re out here doing, we’re giving.”