Marshawn Lynch won’t give American media the time of day. Get him on a plane to Turkey, though, and he’ll spill the beans.
The Seattle Seahawks running back, well-known for diligently shutting down reporters at every turn, naturally has declined to discuss Seattle’s fateful decision to pass at the 1-yard line in its Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots, offering nothing more than saying “it’s a team game” on his way out of the building that night.
But Lynch currently is in Turkey with Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams and Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge for an American Football Without Borders camp, and for whatever reason, he decided to open up about that final play in an interview on NTV Spor, Turkey’s leading sports network.
“To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball,” Lynch said. “Yes, I was expecting the ball. But after it didn’t happen, like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport and I had no problem with the decision or the playcalling.”
He didn’t stop there.
“I think it was more of a … how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I’m the face of the nation. You know, the MVP of the Super Bowl, that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point in time. I don’t know what went into that call. I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball.
“It cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we’ve done it so many more times. But would I have loved to had the ball? Yes, I would have. But the game is over, and I am in Turkey.”
Indeed you are, Marshawn. And if being overseas means you’ll actually talk to reporters, feel free to stay there for a bit.
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