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Is there a Marshawn Lynch corn maze? Why yes, there is…

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One wonders: When Terrell Owens made the trip from Los Angeles to Seattle for that tryout with the Seahawks that ultimately got him a one-year deal, did he stop in Olympia, Wash., along the way and run through the Marshawn Lynch corn maze?

T.O. could have done just that at the Rutledge Farms in nearby Tumwater, where a GPS was used to plant the maze after the image you see here was drawn.

"I've never even been to a cornfield before," Lynch said in a team-released statement to Shutdown Corner. "My plans are to get up there to check it out.

"They came to me with the idea about them doing a 'Beast Mode cornfield maze' and I'm real active in my charity so I just asked them if all the proceeds could go to my charity and they thought it was a good idea. It's pretty cool.

"I've actually seen a few pictures of it. I've never seen anything like it before. These people out here are getting so creative with the things they're putting together. This is just another step above. I've seen paintings, I've seen T-shirts, I've seen cardboard cut-outs, and now a cornfield maze? I'm like, 'Wow, what the heck is next?' It's all good."

"Every year, it's a big decision, but we really enjoyed his Beast Mode and the fans were so behind that," Camille Hemenway of Rutledge Farms recently told MyNorthwest.com.

According to the Rutledge Farms website, the "Marshawn Lynch Family First Maze" was inspired by a 67-yard Lynch touchdown run in the Seahawks' improbable 41-36 wild-card playoff win in the 2010 postseason over the then-world champion New Orleans Saints, and the "beastquake" that resulted from it. We'll include the Super Mario Brothers version of the run, because it's one of the best football highlights ... well, ever.

Marshawn Lynch literally shook Century Link Field with an amazing 67-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that clinched the Seahawks 41-36 upset. A seismic monitoring station located about 100 yards west of the stadium registered seismic activity during Lynch's run. The shaking was most intense during a 30-second stretch about the time Lynch broke free from the line of scrimmage, finished off his touchdown and celebrated in the end zone with his teammates, forever naming this amazing phenomenon "Beastquake."

The maze will be open to the public on Aug. 10, and Lynch will visit on Sept. 1 to sign autographs and raise money for his Fam 1st Foundation, which seeks to empower families in the Bay Area, where Lynch grew up.

The real question, of course -- would Lynch be able to navigate the maze, or would be just bull through it?

"This one is going to take a little bit of time to get through. It's combined two mazes and it should take you a good hour and a half, two hours to get through," Hemenway said.

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