Marshawn Lynch has tried all week to talk as little as possible, but on Friday evening he hosted a charity event at Planet Hollywood in Times Square.
Lynch joined Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson, his cousin, and Jennifer Montana, the wife of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, to announce the Beast Mode key necklace Montana designed.
“I’m pretty sure you all know what’s been going on with all the media — and that action,” Lynch told the crowd.
“Off the field is what I identify with,” Lynch continued. “Me and my cousin for the last seven years have had a football camp that’s sponsored about 800 kids. We give them free clothes, free shoes and free access to a lot of things they wouldn’t get without the help from us. Mainly we get a kick out of it because we get to come back to our neighborhood where we grew up, where we struggled at, and give something back to the youth that they don’t get. It’s really just about the next generation of kids, and that’s the main thing I focus on. I just strive to be the best I can on the field and off the field. I just let my heart open up to these kids. Thank you. Beast Mode.”
The necklaces cost $124 with 80 percent of the net profit benefiting charity.