NEWARK, NJ -- Elusive Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is as adept at fleeing the media as he is linebackers, obeyed the NFL’s orders on Tuesday by speaking -- albeit briefly -- at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. But the man of few words made sure to remind the world of his proud Oakland roots.
When was the first time he ever thought about playing in the Super Bowl?
“It was probably the first time I told my momma I was going to play in the NFL,” said Lynch, whose 6-1/2 minute, NFL-mandated interview at Newark’s Prudential Center was his longest of the season. “I was young, probably Pop Warner (age) playing for the Saints. It was right there in West Oakland. Right there at Raimondi Park, about to bounce out.
“I told her that. She remembered though. She reminded me of it, too. Yeah, she’ll be here (at the game).”
Lynch, 27, became a sensation at Oakland Technical High School, moving from quarterback to a hard-juking, 180-pound running back and leading Tech to the Silver Bowl title over Skyline as a senior. It was at Oakland Tech that his Beast Mode moniker was born, and Lynch further enhanced his reputation as a bulldozing running back at Cal.
Asked how the Silver Bowl title would rate versus a Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos, Lynch made it clear his 2003 heroics for Tech -- a young Beast Mode rushed 20 times for 144 yards and scored five touchdowns, including three in the second half in the 55-47 comeback win -- remain one of his greatest achievements.
“I don’t know. That’s tough, man,” said Lynch, comparing his place in Oakland’s title game to what he may do in the NFL’s ultimate championship. “To this point, that’s a highlight of my life, winning that Silver Bowl in Oakland. That’s a pretty big time for me.”