Former NFL and California Golden Bears running back Marshawn Lynch had a great career. For his efforts, the outspoken former Seattle Seahawks star was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame along with former Cal teammate Justin Forsett this past Saturday.
During the team’s game versus PAC-12 foe Washington, Lynch and Forsett were together for an in-game interview with ESPN, and of course Lynch let viewers know how he felt about things at his alma mater.
As announcer Tiffany Blackmon asked both a series of questions, Lynch chimed in saying “Forsett has never sworn in his life, but me, on the other hand, that’s a different story.”
“I’m from the Bay Area, but when I look around the stands and I see these motherf*****s … I mean, these stands weren’t full like when we were here, that s**t kind of have me on tilt. I ain’t feeling that. If this is California Bear football, they need to start filling up this this stadium up.”
“It was always a dream come true. I never thought we would ever have this moment because both of our careers had ended. The football thing was over. We found out we were getting inducted into the Hall of Fame together. That’s one more opportunity to get out there and experience something like this.”
Marshawn Lynch when he realizes he just swore on ESPN is priceless. pic.twitter.com/xUsNtGLauw
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 23, 2022
Lynch Has Been Known To Make His Mark At Cal
Lynch was a great running back for the Bears. In three years, he rushed for over 3,200 yards, 29 touchdowns, with an over six yards-per-carry average. He also finished with over 600 yards receiving and another six paydirt touches.
Lynch played with a grit and determination that embodied his Bay Area upbringing. But for all his rocking and rolling on the gridiron, it was an infamous cart ride around the field following a 2006 win that’s solidified his place in Cal Bears lore. Lynch wheeled and whipped the cart around the stadium, much to the delight of the fans. It was the first indication that he was different and definitely marched to the beat of his own drum. If he wasn’t going to be real, he wasn’t going to be at all.
That was evinced by his use of words during the interview on Saturday night.
Lynch Has A Way With Words: Infamous Super Bowl Quote
Never one to shy away from speaking how he feels, who can forget Lynch’s approach during Super Bowl media week. The running back wasn’t in the mood for a bunch of questions. He had an uber focus on the game and didn’t want the distractions of the Super Bowl media fiasco to affect his game preparation. So instead of answering questions he told reporters:
“I’m just here so I don’t get fined.”
“I’m about that action, boss.”
The consistent response was his way of silently boycotting media day.
"I'm just here so I won't get fined."
— NFL Legacy (@NFLLegacy) January 28, 2019
Marshawn Lynch is a national treasure when it comes to contributions to “the culture,” and he’s the gift that keeps on giving.
When he’s around, there’s no telling what he may say … or might not say. But one thing for sure, he’s almost impossible to forget.