National Football League (NFL) players trying their hand at intense mixed martial arts (MMA) workouts and disciplines is nothing new.
FOX Sports analyst Jay Glazer and retired eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker from the Chicago Bears, Brian Urlacher, co-founded a California gym that combines sport-specific training, with MMA-style routines called Unbreakable Performance Center, where athletes like Clay Matthews and Jared Allen have honed their physiques.
For an in-depth look at how the facility came to be, check out this article penned by yours truly.
Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks bulldozing running back, has now become the latest NFL star to immerse himself in the world of MMA.
Yes, the man who brought you this gem of a soundbite is taking up some MMA.
Lynch called upon the services of Tareq Azim, coach of WSOF and UFC veteran Jake Shields, to help nurse him back to full strength after a November surgery for a sports hernia.
FOX Sports reports that “Beast Mode” has been working with Azim in San Francisco at the Empower Gym during his recovery from the November procedure.
The pair have worked with one another dating back to the 2013-14 NFL season.
Time will truly tell if he can take his brute strength in bowling over defenders, or his patented stiff arm, and have success in the clinch, or in wrestling.
His work with Azim, an ex-collegiate linebacker, should hopefully go a long way to restoring Lynch’s aggressive attack on the gridiron after accumulating just 417 yards through seven games during his injury-riddled fifth full season in Seattle.
The 29-year-old University of California product is not expected back with the team until their first playoff game in January.
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