A joint 60 Minutes Sports/Sports Illustrated segment featuring an extended interview with Marshawn Lynch airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. PT on Showtime, and in advance of tonight's airing, SI.com has released select excerpts from its sitdown with the retired Seahawks running back.
Lynch offers viewers a closer look at his Oakland upbringing, reiterates his decision to step away from the game, recalls his favorite football memories and more. Here's a few quotes from the "Beast Mode" back:
If you were making a Marshawn Lynch's Greatest Hits video, what's your biggest football memory?
Lynch: "Truthfully? Me, Josh, Zell, Dirty Rel, MBs, in the back alley on 55th [Avenue] and Foothill [Boulevard, in Oakland]. Dirty Rel was guarding Josh [Johnson, now a Ravens backup quarterback]. Josh ran a fake. There was a big-ass van on the side of the road. And Josh ran a post. Dirty Rel bit on the post—and when he turned around, he ran smack dead into the back of the van. You feel me? Drop. Game over. . . . They got up. They had to fight—they had a slap boxin' in the middle of the street over that."
You played in the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl—and that's the enduring football memory?
Lynch: "That's it. My younger years. Everything was cool. Not to downplay [my professional career]; I had a hell of a lot of fun doin' what I did. But when we kick back and we're howlin' about that . . ."
Is there a bigger insult to Marshawn Lynch than being called a fraud?
Lynch: "Not being yourself—that's the worst thing you can do. And why wouldn't you wanna be yourself? It's almost like lying. When you lie, you've gotta make up another lie to cover the [first], and by the time you figure out what's goin' on, you done lost yourself in a whole lotta lies. Why do that? All I can do is just show who I am, how I get down. And I'm gonna rock like that till the end. It's really simple. Not everybody is going to agree with me. I don't expect nobody to like the same food I eat—you know what I'm sayin'? But at the end of the day, I'm always gonna be me, regardless."
On October 5, 2010, the Seahawks acquired Marshawn Lynch and in his nine years in the NFL Lynch has made some truly spectacular plays, rightfully earning the nickname Beast Mode.