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September 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Marshawn Lynch talks to the media, but he’d rather not talk football

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did indeed talk to the media Tuesday, an interview that lasted about six-and-a-half minutes total.

But other than talking about his foundation, Lynch wasn’t too verbose.

The two minutes or so that revolved around football elicited little (in fact, having now gotten the official transcript, it includes 345 words — 306 on his foundation, and 39 to the 11 football-related questions he received).

Asked, for instance, about his contract holdout and if everything was now patched up, he simply stared at the questioner.

Asked about his personal goals for the season, he said “to have fun.”

Asked about his thoughts on the offensive line, he said “I just see them coming together.”

Asked his thoughts on whether the Seahawks might pass more this season, he said “I guess we’ll find out.”

Asked about what he’s seen out of Russell Wilson this season, he said “he just continues to grow.”

Asked about the progress of Robert Turbin, he said “I just want the best for them young men.”

He said all this with the song Lifestyle by Rich Gang booming in the background.

It’s an attempt, at least, to meet the NFL’s requirements for being available to the media at least once each week — Lynch was threatened with a $50,000 fine last season for not talking to the media.

Lynch was more open in talking for a few minutes about his foundation.

Lynch, for instance, spoke about a young man who was going through some tough times but wanted to attend his camp this summer regardless and told Lynch that he was glad he didn’t miss the opportunity.

“That’s a pretty big accomplishment and I mean you know being able to talk to that young man and help him through his situation was big for me,” he said. “And I don’t think that’s something that you go around boasting and bragging about but that’s something that touched me dearly.”

He noted that a few kids who have gone through his camp have ended up at Pac-12 schools (including Marcus Peters at UW) and that he thinks those kids “don’t look at me as a life-changer but more as a family member.”

It was the first time Lynch had spoken to the media at-large since the Super Bowl. He spoke to the media on a few occasions late last season after being threatened with the fine.

Asked if he’d talk regularly this season, Lynch said: “I’ll do what I’m doing now, boss.”

 

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