The NFL is back, and Week One had a ton of surprises. From Aaron Rodgers' 2nd half comeback, the Saints hyped defense giving up 48 points to Tampa Bay and journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the Browns not losing their first game of the season, Thursday thru Monday had a ton to offer for football fans.
But potential the biggest surprise viewers got didn't come on the field, but through a segment during the Monday Night Football match-up between the Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders.
A photo of former Seahawk and current Raider running back Marshawn Lynch from high school surfaced during the ESPN broadcast...
Marshawn Lynch pic in high school is too good to be true. pic.twitter.com/9JzNPzgQ7T— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 11, 2018
Lynch, an Oakland native, attended Oakland Technical High School just 10 miles down the road from the Raiders home stadium, Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.
The photo of Lynch from high school was nearly unrecognizable until it was placed side by side with a current snapshot from warmups.
Almost instantly, social media exploded with "High School Marshawn" memes...
Marshawn Lynch on Instagram vs. Marshawn Lynch on LinkedIn pic.twitter.com/M7LxMchhuR— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) September 11, 2018
Why does Highschool Marshawn Lynch look like Cookie from Ned’s Declassified pic.twitter.com/mgM1mTbF79— Matt Park (@matt__park) September 11, 2018
Lynch, one of the oldest backs in the league, rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries in the first game of the season, and added a vintage "Beast Mode" touchdown in the first half.
Photo Credit: LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)