October 18, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs with the ball next to San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Former coach says Marshawn Lynch wanted to play quarterback at Cal

George Cortez, currently the offensive coordinator for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, revealed an interesting tidbit this week about Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

Cortez was the offensive coordinator at the University of California while Lynch played there. According to Cortez, Lynch approached him after the Holiday Bowl in 2004 with an interesting proposal:

He came up to me in the restroom and says, ‘I want to try out for quarterback this spring.’ I said, ‘Marshawn, it’s not Pop Warner. You’re a tailback.’


He probably was (serious), because he could throw it a long way. He was an incredible athlete, an incredible player (USA Today Sports).

Lynch actually did play some quarterback (and some wide receiver and linebacker) at Oakland Technical High School, but he made the switch to running back once he made the varsity squad.

While not demonstrative of a monster arm, there is this highlight of Lynch throwing a pass to Russell Wilson. Sure, it isn’t exactly a thing of beauty, but it’s a hell of a lot prettier than what Marques Colston attempted against Seattle.

[Source: USA Today Sports]

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