Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch gave his most lengthy answer yet about the final play of the Super Bowl during an interview in Turkey this weekend.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch spent the weekend in Turkey as part of a goodwill tour for American Football Without Barriers, something that is becoming an annual occurrence (he went to Brazil for the same purpose last year resulting in this memorable moment).
While on the trip, which also included teammate Cooper Helfet and former Seahawk Breno Giacomini, Lynch did something he almost never does here — give a lengthy television interview.
Getting the most attention is what Lynch had to say about the final play of the Super Bowl and not getting the ball, which is already being parsed lots of different ways as Lynch said he was expecting to get the ball but also repeats what he said in his only brief comment afterward that it’s a team game and he had full confidence that the play would have worked.
Here’s the quote on the final play:
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“To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball. Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport. I had no problem with the decision of the playcalling. I mean, you know, I think it was more of a, how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in (then) I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl. That’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time. I don’t know what went into that call. I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full, I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we’ve done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball there? Yes, I would have. I would have. But the game is over, and I am in Turkey.”
That answer is already being interpreted as both saying he “had no problem” with the call and him also saying it cost Seattle the game and seeming to imply that it cost him the MVP award — though it’s worth noting again that the ballots were collected prior to Seattle’s final drive so what happened at the end had no effect on the vote. Maybe Lynch is simply remains as confused as everyone else about what happened at the end.
You can watch the interview below as Lynch also talks about his work with kids and his years at Cal.
As for the bigger question of the moment of whether Lynch will play next season, that is apparently still unanswered: