Public speaking is the No. 1 fear in America with the second thing Americans fear being dying. In essence, more people would rather be in the casket in the ground than speaking at the funeral above. So it is understandable that Marshawn Lynch does not want to speak, but sometimes we have to do what we don’t like.
To make it perfectly clear, there are many of us who love Lynch. He is a great guy and has a great love for people and the city of Seattle, and he loves Skittles. With that being said, the NFL pays players to not only perform on the field but to represent the NFL off the field. By ignoring the media, Lynch is not representing the NFL like he is supposed to.
Although the phrase “actions speak louder than words” rings true for many people, Lynch has a contract that requires him to speak with the media. He can rush for 1,000+ yards for 100 seasons, but Lynch is still going to have to answer questions. People can make all the excuses in the world for Lynch, but the simple truth is he has to speak with the media. The fact that the league did not fine him for only “speaking” with the media for seven minutes on Tuesday is absurd. All this does is open the door for other players to ignore or refuse to answer questions.
Part of the price of being in the NFL is sucking it up and doing things that you don’t like. It is the same with anyone who works; sometimes we do things we don’t want to do.
Having said all of that, Lynch is a great running back and will hopefully rush for 100+ yards on Sunday to lead the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory. If that happens, the only words people will want to hear are, “I’m going to Disney World.”