Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch doesn’t get along with the media. Lynch has made it a point not to speak with reporters throughout much of his eight-year career, recently incurring a $100,000 fine.
However, Lynch did an interview that ran Sunday morning with former Seahawks fullback and current NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson. In the piece, Lynch stated he believes the media will keep him out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame when his career is over, per NFL.com:
“You know who votes for that,” Lynch quipped. “They don’t seem to … see eye to eye with me — which is cool. And if I’m not, (expletive), I’ll still live.”
If Lynch thinks he has enough merit for Hall of Fame consideration, he’s out of his Skittles-loving mind. Lynch has been a very good player throughout his career, notching six seasons of 1,000+ yards rushing and 67 touchdowns. He has made the Pro Bowl four times and been an All-Pro once, along with being a key piece of Seattle’s Super Bowl run last year.
All that said, he has no shot at Canton without another three or four great seasons. To date, Lynch has 8,431 rushing yards. Curtis Martin, who many saw as a 50-50 candidate, was inducted into the Hall in 2012 after amassing 14,101 yards and 10 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Jerome Bettis is another on-the-fence candidate but will probably get in, and he chewed up 13,662 yards on the ground.
At this point, Lynch ranks 39th on the NFL’s all-time rushing yards list. He’s behind players like Ahman Green, Tiki Barber, Willis McGahee, Shaun Alexander, and Fred Taylor. Wake me up when any of them sniff the Hall of Fame without a ticket.