Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Pays Tribute to Marshawn Lynch Following Retirement

Beast Mode's jersey number is now featured in the Combine multiplayer map.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Treyarch is paying tribute to NFL running back Marshawn Lynch in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Following the athlete's announcement this week that he's retiring from the NFL after nine seasons, Treyarch updated the multiplayer map Combine with a reference to Beast Mode, specifically the number 24 that he wore.

This video from chaosxsilencer shows off the Easter Egg. As you'll see, Treyarch has replaced the map's "1-A" references with "24," Lynch's number.

Lynch is a big-time Call of Duty fan and was even featured in Black Ops III as a mercenary fighter. An Activision representative told GameSpot today that Black Ops III's tribute is a "nice way to say thanks to a longtime Call of Duty fan."

Lynch announced his retirement from the NFL during Super Bowl 50 last Sunday. He is a Super Bowl champion, winning his title with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

He's also appeared on multiple episodes of Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" segment, most recently making a surprise appearance during a Doom-themed installment.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

  •   View Comments (0)
    Join the conversation
    There are no comments about this story