The Seahawks' decision not to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch late in the Super Bowl was criticized by pretty much everybody in the world, but Lynch himself never said much. The running back who tries to avoid media spoke briefly about it after the game, saying that football was a "team sport."
However, he's finally spoken his mind on the play ... to Turkish TV presenter Ismaili Sepol from NTV Spor. Lynch is in Turkey with an organization called American Football Without Barriers that's hoping to spread the game internationally. Along with DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge, he sat down with Sepol for a half-hour long interview:
It's difficult to hear what he says because of the Turkish dub, but Yahoo! transcribed the relevant portion:
"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 ... 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 in? Yes, I would have.
"But the game is over, and I am in Turkey."
So Lynch was expecting the ball. We all expected him to get the ball, too. There's a tinge of regret there with all the talk about him potentially being Super Bowl MVP, but it sounds like Lynch has moved on. Lynch might have felt more comfortable talking about the play a continent away, thinking the news of his comments might not get back to the U.S., but it's not like he said anything overly controversial.