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Seahawks Blew The Superball Over 'Image': Wanted an 'All-American' Type To Win MVP — Not the 'Rebel'

The Seahawks and the NFL hierarchy would have preferred quaterback Russell Wilson win the game and get the MVP, so the theory goes.  They preferred a nice-guy-pretty-boy like Wilson over a rebel like Marshawn Lynch, who ignores the media, says things like "Shout out to all the real Africans" during press conferences, and has a nickname like "Beastmode." The Seahawks were willing to risk a Superbowl win for good public relations. They gambled and lost.


The "nice guy" Russell Wilson (left) and the "rebel" Marshawn Lynch.

 

The Conspiracy Theory Surrounding The Seahawks’ Last Play


By Dave Zirin
...In the stunning aftermath, after that unfathomable decision, conspiracy theories sprouted like Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. I’m not talking about Twitter-theories from deep-thinking eggs, or any cris de coeur from devastated Seahawks fans. I’m talking about people inside Seattle’s own locker room. I’m talking about texts I received from mainstream writers who don’t want to deal with the backlash that would come with writing it up.

The theory goes something like this. Russell Wilson is your young clean-cut God-fearing media-perfect quarterback. If one was creating a superstar face to market for the twenty-first century, chances are they would look, sound and basically be Russell Wilson. He’s Derek Jeter with a Bible, someone who comes across like he has never spoken out of turn in his entire life.* Marshawn Lynch is… Marshawn Lynch, and if you haven’t figured out what that means after the past two weeks, then you haven’t been paying attention.

The theory goes that there were major financial, public relations and football reasons for Russell Wilson and not Lynch to be the one who ends the game in glory. If he throws that touchdown for the victory, Wilson is almost certainly the Super Bowl MVP. He gets the commercial. He gets to stand with the commissioner. And oh, by the way, he also gets his new contract, one that will fasten his prime, at only 26 years old, to the Seattle franchise. Marshawn Lynch is also due a new contract. Marshawn Lynch, had he punched that ball over the goal line, would probably get to be the one handed the MVP trophy. Marshawn Lynch also maybe gets on the mic to say Lord knows what.

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I contacted someone inside that locker room and they said to me as if on repeat: “Can’t believe it. We all saw it. They wanted it to be Russ. They didn’t want Marshawn to be the hero.”

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