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up. Watching him run, he makes you want to strain, he makes you want to go harder. He’s just a great symbol for what this team is trying to stand for.” Or as former Seahawks center Max Unger put it: “He makes us play harder, too, knowing that he’s going to break a couple of tackles. And if we can get up there and get some people off him, he’ll go for extra yards.” When the Seahawks were preparing for a second straight Super Bowl last year, players had a goal of making Lynch the MVP of the game. They didn’t want that for Lynch because they liked him, though they did—few players, if any, were more universally loved and respected in Seattle’s locker room—but rather because they knew that if Lynch had a big game, it would almost certainly mean good things for the team. “We know the formula that we have put in place is if Marshawn wins the MVP then we have done our job on offense,” Baldwin said last year before the Super Bowl. “He means everything to this offense. I don’t know where we would be without Marshawn Lynch. He is the engine. He is the heart and Lynch rushed 24 times for 102 yards with one touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX. soul of this offense. Everything runs through him. Despite what everyone wants to think, Marshawn Lynch is this offense. I don’t know what else to say about that.” Because he famously avoided the media, particularly in the later part of his career, his personality wasn’t always well known to those outside of the team and his inner circle, but within the Seahawks locker room, few players were more respected. “He just cares about everybody,” Unger said last year. “He could sit down with every single dude in the locker room and have a conversation with him, and it would be genuine. He has a relationship with pretty much everybody that’s close enough where he could sit down and have a 20-minute conversation with them and not bat an eye.” Lynch was also known as one of the smartest players on the team, something Cable brought up on multiple occasions. “I think if you asked every player in this room right now to talk about the other 21 positions in football,” Cable said at last year’s Super Bowl media day. “I don’t know if you could fi nd many that could do that. I think he’s extraordinary that way, he gets it.” 28


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