What most of America has seen over the past week or so of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is him bulldozing people and avoiding the media. That could incorrectly label him as a standoffish kind of guy, when in reality he just enjoys the game and not dealing with questions. Former Bills General Manager Buddy Nix shared a story of Lynch from the trade to Seattle and it paints a very different picture.
“I said, ‘What is it? This is what you wanted to start with,’” Nix told Jim Trotter of SI.com. “He said, ‘I came here to get this team turned around and see it through and get it in the playoffs, and I failed at that.’ It really bothered him. But that’s the kind of kid he is. It was such a culture shock for him coming to Buffalo, but he had a lot of pride — still does — and didn’t want to fail. He’s a team guy and wants to win. That day told me a lot about him. I really liked Marshawn because when you lined him up out there, you knew you were going to get everything he had.”
That kind of mentality makes it easier to understand why we’ve seen so many magnificent “beast mode” runs from Lynch.