Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson are about as different as can be.
Marshawn Lynch has consistently been known for his outspoken nature throughout his NFL career. However, in a recent guest appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast, Lynch surprisingly kept his comments about former teammate Russell Wilson rather concise.
When discussing their time together as teammates, Lynch candidly mentioned that, to him, Wilson was “simply a quarterback.”
“I wouldn’t be the right person to speak on their relationship because I didn’t f–k with them,” Lynch said. “… I didn’t f–k with Pete (Carroll), and then, I mean, Russ was just a quarterback for me.”
Regarding their off-the-field relationship, Lynch acknowledged that delving into this topic often brings back memories of the pivotal moment in Super Bowl XLIX when Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted at the goal line. This infamous decision ultimately led to the Seattle Seahawks losing the Super Bowl, as New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler made the game-changing interception.
Lynch also hinted that he and Wilson never shared a particularly close bond.
“I respect Russell as a player and as a teammate. … Anything that I say is gonna come off as malice or as if I’m a hater. … I’ll take Russell, and I’ll put him right there at quarterback, and I’ll rock with him, because I have done that,” Lynch added. “But as far as anything else… No, there’s no, you can’t pick up the phone and call ol’ boy or nothing.”
It seems that Lynch doesn’t hold any grudges against Wilson, and he acknowledges the value that Wilson brought as an NFL quarterback. Nevertheless, it’s evident that their interaction was primarily confined to the football field, with little time spent together off it.