Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, a native of Oakland who played collegiately at Cal, survived his final media availability leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII and went out with a doozy on Thursday.
He was asked his thoughts on Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, a former Oakland Raiders head coach.
“Being from Oakland, all I knew about him is that he punched people,” Lynch said, per CBSSports.com. “That’s my type of person.”
Cable, who has been with the Seahawks since 2011,was once accused of punching Raider assistant coach Randy Hanson in 2009. Hanson broke a bone in his face in … whatever happened. Cable denied the accusation and said Hanson was injured when he was flipped out of his chair by Cable … because that is such a more well-known motivational technique for personnel managers.
Lynch has been a story during Super Bowl week for not wanting to be a story. He was fined for not making himself available to the media during the playoffs and seemed to only reluctantly show up for media availabilities at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday, when he stayed for less than seven minutes each time.
As far as his favorite memory from being at Cal?
“My favorite college experience was probably leaving college,” Lynch said, although he did mention the 2006 “Ghost Ride” when he drove a golf cart to celebrate an overtime win by the Golden Bears.
Lynch admitted he attended the two media events “so I don’t have to pay the fine.” His teammates have publicly supported Lynch’s reticence toward the media.
“What is there to get?” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. “He doesn’t like talking to the media. That’s not what he’s about. I think it’s ridiculous that the NFL forces him to do that. They’ve threatened fines; they’ve threatened suspensions that if he didn’t talk to the media they were going to come down with harsh punishment. I don’t get it. You get fined for talking too much, you get fined for not talking at all. I don’t think he’s misunderstood; that’s just who he is. There’s nothing to misunderstand. He’s the most up-front and blunt person about who he is, so I don’t think there’s much to misunderstand.”