The Super Bowl ring party for the Seahawks tonight also means some old faces are back in town — everybody who was a member of the team last year is invited.
Among those back is former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, a popular player and team leader for the last four seasons, who also visited the team’s training facility today, a stop that included a visit with the media.
Robinson said he “could” still play but is likely done.
“I still love Sundays,” he said. “Monday through Saturday gets difficult.”
Robinson, recall, had a bad reaction to anti-inflammatories last August that caused him to lose weight and turned briefly life-threatening (details here) and also factored in to his initial release by the team — he was re-signed in October. Being unable to take anti-inflammatories anymore made playing — and more specifically, recovery — difficult, Robinson said.
So his career may well have ended with the Super Bowl win, with Robinson saying he is likely to pursue opportunities in sports media.
Robinson, though, said he will continue in his unofficial role as a spokesman for Seahawks tailback Marshawn Lynch. Robinson, whose locker was stationed next to Lynch’s throughout his career, became especially close to Lynch and with Lynch notoriously media shy, was often the one reporters went to for the latest on Beast Mode.
That led to an obvious question today about Lynch’s recent threatened holdout of mini-camp in an attempt to get the team to alter his contract, a four-year $30 million deal that has two years remaining.
Robinson said Lynch has “confided” in him about the situation but that now was not the time to get into specific details.
However, Robinson did volunteer this:
“The guy has been the face of this franchise since the day he stepped in that door — it’s been Beast Mode. Just from my knowledge of it, he has been the face of the franchise, (coach) Pete (Carroll) (general manager) John (Schneider) have made no qualms about saying that. And he’s (Lynch) just like ‘I just want to be paid like it.’ I think the devaluation of the (running) back doesn’t help his case, the fact that he has two years let on his deal doesn’t help his case, which I’ve expressed to him.
“The fact that the biggest free agent running back signing got $3.5 million a season (Chris Johnson) doesn’t help him., But you take Marshawn Lynch off the team last year, do we win the Super Bowl? I think all of us know the answer to that. He just wants to be paid like it. He knows he has a short window left. Nobody says anything when teams cut a guy at this juncture, though. I’m all in for players getting their dollars, man, because you have a short life.
Asked if Lynch considers his age a factor — he turned 28 in April — Robinson said “I don’t think it’s a factor for him. I think it’s a factor for them (the Seahawks) because 30 is this magic number. He leads the league in carries the last three years, but he probably has the fewest carries all through training camp and pre-season. He gets his rest. So I don’t know. We’ll see.”