Marshawn Lynch is a polarizing player. Some people think he is rude and selfish for refusing to talk to the media. After all, it’s part of his multi-million dollar contract, which is funded largely by the likes of television contracts with CBS, ESPN, and Fox. They say he has an obligation to make himself available for interviews. Other people feel sorry for the guy, claiming that he has an obvious social anxiety disorder and that it’s unfair to constantly surround him with cameras and strangers asking questions. Lynch has created his fair share of memorable moments, both on and off the field, before he retired from the NFL [Update: he’s back!]. Here are some of our favorites.
8. Casual Touchdown
Although he’s more well known for his explosive touchdown runs (more on those later), there was one TD in particular that was more like a stroll in the park for Lynch. In a 2013 game against the San Francisco 49ers, Marshawn scored three touchdowns to carry the Seahawks to a 29-3 victory. His second score was memorable because he just walked into the endzone — literally.
A lot of people criticized Lynch for what they thought was a showboating move, but according to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, that wasn’t the case: “He snuck out the back side to the left on a flat route, and he just slowly walked into the end zone. He was saying that it took a couple seconds off the clock, that’s why he was doing it.” Either way, it was probably nice for Lynch to grab a touchdown that didn’t involve him breaking multiple tackles.