By Dan Snierson
Updated November 29, 2016 at 05:00 PM EST
Credit: Kevin Estrada/FOX

Brooklyn Nine-Nine will go into Beast Mode on New Year’s Day.

Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will guest star as himself on Fox’s cop comedy, EW has learned. In the episode, Lynch comes into the precinct for questioning after he witnesses a bunch of convicts escape from a prison van, though that could pose a challenge for Jake (Andy Samberg), Terry (Terry Crews, also an ex-NFL player), and their fellow detectives, considering the notoriously press-shy nature of their witness.

The episode featuring Lynch — who was named to five Pro Bowls — airs at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Jan. 1, and represents the first installment of a two-part winter finale, with the second episode airing directly after it at 9 p.m.

Lynch, who guest-starred on The League in 2014 and 2015, appeared in an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls earlier this fall.

Jimmy Smits, Maya Rudolph, Rhea Perlman, Ken Marino, and Jim O’Heir are among the other famous faces popping up on Brooklyn in season 4. A season 2 episode included an appearance by another NFL alum, Terrell Owens.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A group of ragtag cops — led by Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) — run the 99th precinct of the NYPD.

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