Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch spoke with the media on Sept. 2 for a short while, choosing not to talk too much about the upcoming 2014 NFL season.
"Rich Gang's 'Lifestyle' was boomin' over Marshawn Lynch's personal sound system.
"The Seattle Seahawks' star running back who has has had as many as 1,000-yard seasons in the NFL as he's had media interviews in the past 12 months -- that would be five -- sat at his locker no more than a foot away from his speakers following Tuesday's practice for the NFL opener against Green Bay on Thursday. He picked through a huge drawer of worn turf shoes, high tops and cleats he said he was about to donate.
"And he spoke.
"Well, for two minutes of questions about football he barely talked -- 40 words in nine questions. He mostly stared or sorted all those shoes as the R-rated lyrics boomed on.
"How's the offense looked this summer?
"Do you think the offense will be more explosive and throw the ball more -- read: run it less -- this season?
"'I guess we'll find out.'
"What are your personal goals for this season?
"'To have fun.'
"When Dave 'Softy' Mahler of Seattle's KJR-AM asked Lynch if he and the Seahawks were in a good place about his contract following the running back's short holdout at the start of training camp, one that netted Lynch an additional $1.5 million pay for 2014, Lynch said nothing. He looked up from those shoes. And he coldly stared at the questioner for five seconds.
"One of the few football-related questions was on his relationship on the field with quarterback Russell Wilson: 'We've just continued to grow.'
"After that, Lynch was asked about his Fam 1st Family Foundation, which he began back in his hometown of Oakland with (San Francisco) 49ers backup quarterback Josh Johnson in March of 2011. On that subject, the reclusive running back was a relative orator. He spoke for more than five minutes on what the foundation means to him, the foundation means to him, the experiences he's had with it and how, if he wasn't a Super Bowl champion running back, he'd probably be back in Oakland trying to help his city's youth full time."
"Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is looking to get off to a good start Week 1 against the (Green Bay) Packers.
"Lynch had an abbreviated preseason, carrying the ball just three times for 16 yards. That's probably not a bad thing considering his high workload over the past couple years. Lynch also had a brief holdout during the offseason, but reported to camp in shape, and should be ready to roll.
"The Packers weren't particularly strong against the run last season, giving up 19.18 Fantasy points per week to running backs. That was the eight-worst figure in the league. While the team tried to shore up things defensively during the offseason, the loss of B.J. Raji should make it easier for teams to gash the Packers up the middle.
"With that in mind, Lynch should be a strong start. The Seahawks' modus operandi the past couple years has been the run game, been the run game, and that probably won't change now. There are concerns about Lynch's workload and lack of preseason reps, but his pedigree and matchup make this a strong start (for) Week 1."
Lynch is entering his eighth NFL season. He has rushed for 7,389 yards and 58 touchdowns on 1,753 carries in 104 career regular-season games with the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, per ESPN stats.
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