If retiring is an option for Marshawn Lynch after this season, it’s not something he’s thinking about now.
During a much-ballyehood interview that ran this morning on the NFL Network, Lynch told former teammate Michael Robinson that his focus is solely on this season.
“I’m still under contract (for 2015),” Lynch said. “I haven’t even made it through this year. I’m chasing after another one of these [Super Bowl rings].”
Here’s more of what Lynch had to say, in quotes provided by the NFL Network:
On his relationship with the media: “I guess they just want to talk to your boy [me]. But I don’t have anything to say. I just want to play football.”
On what a strong run game does for a team: “A strong run game manages the game, the overall game. It keeps your defense off the field, it keeps your defense fresh. If you can run the ball, it takes the pressure off a quarterback. It gives life to the game.”
On what makes him a special player: “I don’t know. I just like to play football. Anytime I have an opportunity to touch the ball, I feel like I can be successful.”
On other running backs he watches in the NFL: “I take a lot of stuff from a lot of running backs. [Adrian Peterson]. Ray Rice. Chris Johnson; I really like to see him run. [LeSean McCoy]; I love seeing Shady run, he does some amazing things. Arian Foster. One that’s growing on me now is DeMarco Murray.”
On his connection to the fans: “When people come up to me and they say, ‘What’s up,’ they get a real, genuine ‘What’s happening?’ Or when I’m at my camp, I’m actually at my camp. I actually get down with the kids in my camp. It’s not like I’m going to sit here and talk to the media because I know when [fans] see me in public they’re going to love me and then I can just give them a wave and then it’s going to be, ‘He waved to me.’ No. All of that is superficial to me.”
On what would he say to 20 year-old Marshawn Lynch: “Probably first off telling him don’t regret none of the decisions that you make because they’re going to make you into who you’re going to grow in to. I mean from the bad to the good, to the pretty and the ugly. So 28 year-old Marshawn telling 20 year-old Marshawn get ready for a whirlwind because it’s not going to be pretty.”
You can view the entire interview with Lynch here.
UPDATE: There was also this from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Lynch’s health:
“One of the reasons is Marshawn Lynch is dealing with a very painful back. I’m told by a source involved in the situation that Marshawn Lynch has compressed cartilage in his back that does lead to back spasms and can result in some early arthritis which is why we saw him spend halftime on the sideline getting a massage in a recent game. It’s really painful, it’s something he deals with all of the time and it is one reason why Marshawn Lynch is considering not playing next year.”