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Friday, February 8, 2013
NFL trio talk Run-DMC, music playlists

By Stacey Pressman
ESPN The Magazine

For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athletes: Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns RB; LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh Steelers LB; and Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks RB
• As: Run-DMC on "Ultimate Run-DMC" (2003)

What do you know about Run-DMC?

Woodley: Run-DMC, they're the greatest. They started hip-hop, for real.

What's your favorite Run-DMC song?

Lynch: I don't think I'm allowed to say what my favorite song is. I don't think any of us are allowed to say it. We're restricted from saying it. We have a deal with Nike. Nah, man: “My Adidas.”

Woodley: “Walk This Way,” they did it with Aerosmith. I like that.

When you heard that we wanted you to be Run-DMC, what was your reaction?

Woodley: My reaction was Who was I gonna be? I had to get all this glue on my face. Why did the guy with the least facial hair have to put on the most facial hair? It started off with the glue -- patches of hair -- then we had to put it on the side. I couldn't find a hat ’cause my head is too small. But we found it so I'm good.

Richardson: When I heard about it, I thought it was cool. I'm ready. I get to come out to L.A. and we get to be legends. And so for me, this is a lot of fun. I'm with one of the greatest running backs in the league, Marshawn Lynch, and one of the hardest-hitting dudes in the league too. It was an opportunity; we created a bond. Sometimes you don't get to know each other on the field, so it's opportunities like this where you actually get to meet guys.

Marshawn, you brought your own Run-DMC glasses. Where did they come from?

Lynch: I got these from straight Bayfair. These Cazals, it wasn't for the shoot, I had them and it just so happened that it was a good opportunity to bring them.

What was the best part of today?

Richardson: Getting to clown with each other, talking about stuff we do as running backs.

Woodley: I got hurt his year, but they said [Trent] was out there talking trash, I didn't know. I just look at him and laugh: OK, here I come.

What role does music play for you in sports?

Richardson: Music plays a big role for me. Before the game, I listen to my gospel so I can relax my mind. And then coming up to the game, I get into my rap: Wayne Jeezy, Boosie.

Woodley: I do the opposite. I do rap then gospel. It's something I've been doing since high school -- get you fired up and then I calm it down at the end. Music plays a big role.

Lynch: It plays a huge part. I listen to my music until the very last minute. I mean I'm walking out to the field with my headphones on before a game and I just leave them right by the door right before we're going out.

I have the luxury of getting to know an artist who has been out there putting together some songs for me that I got to play at the stadium. His name is Mistah F.A.B. So I mean the majority of the guys I listen to, mainstream people wouldn't know too much about that usually.

Doesn't Mistah F.A.B. have a song called "Marshawn Lynch"?

Lynch: It's actually a pretty good song, not just because it's about me. He got some lyrics on there that are pretty good.

What's your favorite lyric from the song?

Lynch: I can't say it.

Yes you can.

Lynch: [Yells] BEASTMODE, B----!

What's your favorite Run-DMC lyric?

All: “I’m the king of rock, there is none higher ...”

See more of the Run-DMC shoot in the full photo gallery.
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The Playlist: Trent Richardson



The Playlist: LaMarr Woodley



The Playlist: Marshawn Lynch