The final offensive play for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX was one that many thought would go to running back Marshawn Lynch. Instead, Russell Wilson passed the ball and had it intercepted in the end zone and it led to the New England Patriots winning the championship. It appears as if Lynch thought the same.
“To be honest with you, I would be a liar if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball,” Lynch said. “I think it was more of a — how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I’m the face of the nation. You know, the MVP of the Super Bowl, that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point in time. I don’t know what went into that call. Maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl.”
ESPN reported that the 28-24 loss by the Seahawks is one that will always be remembered due to Patriots’ Malcolm Butler picking Wilson’s pass off. He then gave an interview after the game in which he said, “this is a team game.”
The interview with Lynch came while he’s in Turkey with a few other players for an American Football Without Barriers camp.
Now, when it comes down to it, Lynch is saying how he thinks things may look or how some people may have thought about him getting the ball on that final play. When asked if he would have loved to have gotten the ball though, Lynch had a simple answer.
“Yes, I would have. But the game is over, and I am in Turkey.”
Pro Football Talk makes a great point that football conspiracy theories are only true if you believe them to be true. Did someone with the Seahawks not want Lynch to be the “face of the nation?” No one will ever really know the answer to that, but people will still wonder.
Ever since the end of the season, Marshawn Lynch has been the talk of trade rumors and even possibly retirement. He hasn’t really said much on what his future plans are at this time, but it doesn’t look like he is leaning toward being done with football.
Marshawn Lynch would have loved to have gotten the football in that final Seattle Seahawks play in Super Bowl XLIX. Was he not supposed to? The world may never know, but now it is at least known that he wanted it.
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