9 years after lifting Super Bowl XLVIII together, Marshawn Lynch lifts the lid on his relationship with Russell Wilson

The running backs of the NFL are now witnessing a diminishing role like ever before, although things were not like this before. The league boasts many elite backs who moonlighted as heroes in crucial times to lead their team on the field, and the former Seattle Seahawks icon Marshawn Lynch is one of them.

Lynch had a quite successful stint with the Seahawks, and his journey with the franchise saw him pair with the current Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson from 2012 to 2015. The duo even once lifted the Lombardi trophy together in Seattle, although the RB fell short of words while discussing his relationship with the former Seahawks star.

Marshawn Lynch discusses his relationship with Wilson

During a recent appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast, the host was seeking to have a discussion on the story between Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and the team’s former star Russell Wilson. However, the vet was seemingly indifferent to that and blatantly refused to provide his opinion regarding the incident, saying Wilson was nothing more than a QB for him.

“I wouldn’t be the right person to speak on their relationship because I didn’t f–k with them… I didn’t f–k with Pete (Carroll), and then, I mean, Russ was just a quarterback for me.”

The ex-NFL star continued the discussion, saying his respect for the signal-caller as an athlete has always been on the top and he also said he would rock with the QB on the field at any moment. However, out of the field, they simply don’t share any friendly bonds.

“I respect Russell as a player and as a teammate. … Anything that I say is gonna come off as malice or as if I’m a hater. … I’ll take Russell, and I’ll put him right there at quarterback, and I’ll rock with him, because I have done that. But as far as anything else… No, there’s no, you can’t pick up the phone and call ol’ boy or nothing.”

Lynch later revealed one of the strangest incidents saying he was trying to reach Russ following a particular game, but he did not have his number, and hence, he took the help of a front office member to connect with the dual-threat. To his utter surprise, the RB found out that his number had been blocked by the signal caller.

The former footballer also disclosed how he always wanted to have a chit-chat with Wilson, who never reciprocated the conversation. The situation became so bad that even the Seahawks’ HC told other players not to have a conversation with the QB; instead, he urged them to reach him or the QB coach. Though he didn’t spell the bean properly, the RB’s take clearly defines that Carroll didn’t share a good bond with his former signal-caller, and hence, his trade to the Broncos was reasonable.

Seahawks legend’s NFL career

After playing college football at the University of California, Marshawn kicked off his NFL career after getting drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 with the 12th overall pick in the first round. After playing from 2007–2010, he was traded to the Seahawks, where he earned the nickname “Beast Mode”.

Success followed the 37-year-old in Seattle as he earned multiple titles and accolades donning the team’s jersey, including Pro Bowl selections in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was also named First-team All-Pro (2012) and Second-Team All-Pro (2014).

The former Seattle star had four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and also led the league twice in rushing touchdowns in 2013 and 2014. He even once made fans go crazy by scoring a 67-yard rush TD that helped Seattle win a Wild Card Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints in 2011. The fan erupted in such a celebration that it led to a minor earthquake.

Lynch retired from the league but took a u-turn to sign with the Oakland Raiders in 2017 and once again signed with the Seahawks in 2019 to play in one regular-season game as well as two playoff games.

What’s your take on the veteran’s career? Tell us in the comments.


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