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Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch says he wanted ball at end of Super Bowl loss to Patriots

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette late in Super Bowl XLIX.
New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette late in Super Bowl XLIX. The Associated Press

Yeah, Marshawn Lynch wanted the ball at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

No surprise there, right?

A month after Lynch and the Seahawks lost 28-24 to the Patriots, he opened up in a television interview … in Turkey.

Lynch, who hasn’t be shy about avoiding journalists, has joined Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams and Browns tight end Gary Barnidge in spreading the gospel of the NFL. The trio was in Instanbull, Turkey as part of something called American Football Without Barriers camp.

Barnidge and Jets offensive lineman Breno Giacomini co-founded of AFWB camps (with Ahmed Awadallah), which has a “mission to develop American football in underprivileged countries around the world.” Barnidge said in the TV interview that the camp was in China last year.

Credit to the Turkish announcer for asking Lynch about the end of the Super Bowl when Seattle had quarterback Russell Wilson throw a pass at the goal line rather than run Lynch.

Here’s what Lynch said:

“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 was expecting the ball. But after it didn’t happen, like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport and I had no problem with the deicision, the play-calling.

“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 and time. I don’t know what went into that call. Maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. You know, it cost us a Super Bowl. I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that play because we’ve done it so many times.

“Would I love to have that ball there? Yeah, I would have. I would have. But, hey, the game is over. I’m in Turkey. What’s happening?”

You can watch the video here. Warning: it’s tough to hear over the person interpreting.

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