The former Seahawks running back appeared on the Conan O'Brien show, talking about his retirement and telling stories from his NFL days.
Former Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch expressed support for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem and also said he is enjoying retirement during an appearance on the Conan O’Brien show on Tuesday night.
Of Kaepernick’s actions, which have spawned dozens of athletes at other levels and in other sports to follow suit, Lynch said “with what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered.” Lynch said that as he stood with his hands up and then said, “My take on it is … they got to start somewhere.”
Lynch said he hopes that people would focus more on the cause — standing up against police brutality and working for equality for all races.
“I just hope people open up their eyes and see that there’s really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop,” he said.
Lynch also appeared to refute rumors he might be considering a return to football, saying how much he enjoys retirement.
“Loving it,” he said of being retired. “I’m getting to do a lot of things I’ve never done before.”
Lynch said of leaving football that “it just run its course. I had a great time when I played but, you know, it’s time for something new.”
Lynch said people have to have some screws loose to play football, and “the older I got, the screws started getting tightened up a little bit.”
O’Brien also asked Lynch about his famous Tweet announcing his retirement during the Super Bowl showing cleats hanging over an electrical wire.
“That was one-take Jake,” Lynch said of how long it took to get the cleats up there. “There’s a technique to it, a flick of the wrist. Doesn’t take long to master.”