The new NFL season just hasn't been the same and I think I know the exact reason why it has been so poorly received.
There is no Marshawn Lynch. Yes, it is that easy. The 2016 National Football League campaign is severely missing the Beast Mode running back that brought a lightness and touch of comedy to such a serious sport.
Not many people know this, but Lynch is also one of the nicest men in the world. More are aware of it now because of Ricardo Lockette's parents, who told an incredible story about exactly the type of guy Lynch is.
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Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times today where he asked people connected with the Seahawks if they had any stories about Marshawn. The best one came from the Lockette's, who spoke about what Lynch did for them in the aftermath of their son's terrible injury.
“We were in there with Ricardo and everything was in a sad mode,” said Earl Lockette Sr., Ricardo’s dad. “A nurse comes up and says, ‘We don’t know much about football, Mr. Lockette, but there’s a guy outside who says he needs to be in here. He says he plays with Ricardo, and his name is Marshawn Lynch.’ I go to the lobby, and Marshawn has his bags. He said, ‘I knew it was more than what they told me when I saw him go down. I knew it was more severe than that and I could not leave him here.’"
“What Ricardo didn’t know is that Marshawn peeked in the room and saw he was in there, in the bed, strapped down, couldn’t move, and he cried like a baby. Marshawn did. I won’t tell you everything he did, but he took a couple steps back and soaked those tears up, and he went in there and made my son feel like he could run and jump," Lockette added in the story.
“And then on top of that, we didn’t know nothing about nothing. He asked us, ‘How long are you guys going to be here?’ We said, ‘We don’t know. Until he gets up and walks again, we’re not leaving.’
"He said” ‘I’ve got you guys. You don’t have to worry about anything.’ When I say he meant that, he really did. He took care of us for a period of time to make sure we didn’t have to worry about getting places, transportation, anything. He did that.”
What a man. There are lots more great stories about Lynch in the story. Go read it here.