Marshawn Lynch's benevolent side left him beloved by Seahawks
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By Brady HendersonESPN

RENTON, Wash. -- When Doug Baldwin describes Marshawn Lynch as the type of teammate who would give you the shirt off his back, he doesn't just mean it figuratively.

He has a story to prove it.

One day early in Baldwin's career, while he was still playing on the minimum-salary rookie contract he'd signed as an undrafted free agent, he noticed Lynch strolling through the Seattle Seahawks' locker room with a slick-looking backpack. He told Lynch he liked it and asked where he could get one himself.

To Baldwin's surprise, Lynch took the backpack off, dumped out its contents and said, "Here, you can have it."

"Just as simple and plain as that," Baldwin said. "It didn't matter who you were. If you respected and loved him for him as a person and who he was, he would literally give you his backpack off his back. I thought that was just the epitome of the man that he was.”

It's a side of Lynch beyond the ones that most observers know -- the hard-charging running back who helped define an era of Seahawks football; the Skittle-popping, crotch-grabbing character who would either make you crack up or cringe, depending on your sensibilities; and the free-spirited player whose tendency to flout authority made him a handful for team management during his later years in...



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