LBS- Speaking publicly for the first time since informing the Seattle Seahawks that he is calling it a career, Lynch was asked on “60 Minutes Sports” if there is a chance he could play in the NFL again.
“I’m done. I enjoyed my time playing,” he said. “Now it’s time to watch my cousins do their thing.”
When pressed further, Lynch repeated the phrase “I enjoyed my time” in typical Beast Mode fashion. It didn’t help that Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson, who was interviewed for the same segment, said he would “never say never” when it comes to Lynch potentially returning to the NFL. That clearly irritated Marshawn.
“I’m retired,” a seemingly annoyed Lynch snapped while looking into the camera. “Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look at? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore.”
Let me just say that I have no doubt that Marshawn Lynch is done playing football. If there is one athlete that I trust to stick to his guns it's the guy that spent the last two years welcoming fine after fine by giving one word answers to the media out of principle. He certainly seems like the type to know what he wants out of life.
So in that sense, I guess my main point actually has nothing at all to do with Marshawn Lynch. The bigger question is what did '60 Minutes' think they were going to get out of this interview? Forget the fact that it's 'Beast Mode'. I would trust any recently retired athlete to sit in front of a camera and staunchly deny any plans of returning to their respective sport for one reason and one reason only - it's still the offseason.
If I know anything about football players it's that they don't have a change of heart by missing OTA's. Veterans don't experience FOMO by watching their former teammates run around in the summer heat during non-consequential practices. Conditioning drills don't exactly get the competitive juices flowing. How about we wait until at least one snap of relevant football has been played before we ask Marshawn Lynch if he feels compelled to come back to the sport? How about we give him something to miss before we try to convince him to come back? They may as well have sat him down and asked him if he longs for the days of waking up early, working out, and running sprints. That's just a downright stupid question. Especially when it's being asked of a aging running back with a ton of hard fought miles on his legs. Now like I said, I would place the odds of an eventual comeback even lower because of who we are talking about, but there's not an ex-football player on the planet that's even thinking about giving it another shot in the beginning of June.