Super Bowl Media Day: Leave Marshawn Lynch Alone


Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) looks on during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

WANTED: Bruising running back that can help lead a team to the Super Bowl. Ability to talk extensively with the media a plus, but not required.

The Seattle Seahawks have Marshawn Lynch, and he is ready to run. Russell Wilson is going to hand him the rock, and chances are that it will be early and often.

And yet, what is the story right now? Media day. Marshawn Lynch’s appearance. The fact that he didn’t stay very long.

Here’s a thought. Let the man be. Let him do what he does best.

The NFL does have rules about talking to the media, and reportly Beast Mode met the minimum requirements in New York. He made an appearance. It was brief, but he was there.

Sometimes we forget that some of these guys are not outspoken, gregarious personalities. It wouldn’t shock us if Marshawn Lynch’s violent running story accompanied a larger-than-life personality.

Is Marshawn Lynch that guy? Clearly not. He doesn’t like to boast, talk about himself or engage in long conversations with reporters. He may have signed with Skittles, but don’t expect him to start chasing reporters with bags of “Seattle Mix.”

Lynch likes to run, and run hard. Let him run.

Seattle’s talented running back has already been fined $50,000 this season for snubbing the media. Something tells me that this was a small price to pay for a little privacy.

Marshawn Lynch is ready for the big game. He doesn’t need to talk about it. Lynch just wants to run.

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