Marshawn Lynch is not only back in the NFL, but following a trade from the Seahawks, he’s set to play in his hometown of Oakland. And what better way to celebrate his triumphant return than to star in a music video for a noted Bay Area musical act?
Except that most people’s first guess for that musical act would not have been Train. But the veteran, San Francisco-based rockers (well, it’s really just 48-year-old Pat Monahan and whoever he surrounds himself with these days) have been the featured musical acts at many NFL and other sports events, and that has paid off with a collaboration with the popular running back.
In a video released Friday for Train’s new single, “Drink Up,” Lynch plays the groom at a wedding to which Monahan and some other old pals of “Beast Mode” were not invited. Those pals? George Lopez, Ken Jeong and Jim Breuer, so Lynch is hardly the only one supplying some star power.
Monahan and Co. decide to crash the wedding, and hilarity (plus Breuer’s usual schtick) ensues. Take a look:
You caught that reference to the infamous, why-didn’t-they-just-give-Lynch-the-ball end of Super Bowl XLIX, right? Earlier in the week, Train previewed that joke, in which Monahan is shown to have suggested to Seattle Coach Pete Carroll that the team throw the ball at the goal line, on social media.
“The ‘Drink Up’ video was inspired by a friend of mine,” Monahan, presumably, said on Train’s Instagram account. “She said, ‘You and your friends should teach people how to throw a party.’ I asked my friends, @beastmode, @georgelopez, @jimbreuer_official, and @kenjeong to show us all how it’s done and man did they ever. This was one of the best days of my life and hopefully theirs. So much fun and what a great, classy, talented group I get to call friends. The best!”
According to For the Win, Monahan met Lynch’s agent when Train performed at the 2013 Pro Bowl (the band has also played at a 2012 Rams-Patriots game in London, the 2010 MLB home run derby, the 2012 Orange Bowl and a 2017 Penguins-Flyers Stadium Series game). The agent connected Monahan with Lynch, and the pair reportedly “really hit it off.”
So now that Lynch has shown up in a video for Train, that clearly opens the door for collaborations with other San Francisco rock bands of a certain vintage. Can’t wait for Beast Mode to become the newest lead singer for Journey, or at least bang a tambourine with Huey Lewis and the News.
Meanwhile, here is a reminder of how awesome videos starring NFL players used to be. You know, back when they thought they could rap?