EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch may not have played a pivotal role in Seattle’s 43-8 victory against the Denver Broncos -- that was reserved for the defense -- but there is no denying the role he played in the Seahawks’ success this season.
Lynch had 15 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown, and again was a man of few words when it was over.
Lynch did not want to celebrate on the field, but once he got into the locker room, he cut loose. He changed from his uniform into a red jumpsuit with the words “Beast Mode” on the front, a black mask covering his nose and mouth and gold headphones on his head. He walked to the stereo in the room, turned up the music and started dancing as reporters surrounded him to capture any expression of emotion in lieu of more formal comments.
Lynch, who had 301 carries for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, spent most of media day trying to avoid an NFL fine for not fulfilling his speaking obligations.
In one of the few formal interviews he did Sunday, he was asked if this was the best day of his life.
“Next to being born,” he said.
Lynch may have been a man of few words in the locker room but in a corridor outside, he talked to a group of friends, and told stories so loud that the punch line echoed down the hall.