ESPN knew what it was doing when it shared Marshawn Lynch’s high-school picture with the world.

An old photo of the Oakland Raiders running back shocked NFL fans who were watching “Monday Night Football” on ESPN. Lynch, who at age 32 now sports dreadlocks and a sometimes-trimmed goatee, looked different in high school. Much different.

Naturally, internet users had a field day with Lynch’s picture. Some obviously compared him to Steve Urkel of “Family Matters.” Others were a little more clever.

Some users used the fuss over Lynch’s photo to remind us of the arc of his academic and professional careers.

And this is why we don’t judge books by their covers.

Lynch had 12 carries for 45 yards and one extraordinary touchdown in the Raiders’ 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1.

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