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Seahawks' Lynch doesn't enjoy media attention

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Marshawn Lynch did just enough to meet the NFL mandate to appear at Media Day on Tuesday, but the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl running back proved he is not just a split personality.

Lynch, whose angry, physical running style is labeled "Beast Mode," broke out a third identity: Mute mode.

Lynch lasted just six minutes, 21 seconds and fielded 16 rapid-fire questions before finding shelter in the form of a corridor, where interviews with NFL Network and FOX's Jay Glazer were conducted away from the hordes of media.

"He's all about ballin'," said center Max Unger. "First and foremost, he's a football player, and a heckuva good one."

Arguably the most important player on the Seattle roster, Lynch infamously despises media obligations, so much so that he has skipped postgame showers to get out of dodge. Tuesday he wore a hooded team jacket with the hood covering his dreadlocks and black and gold aviator-style glasses that covered his eyes.

With 17 open podiums at Prudential Center, Lynch opted to stand behind a barricade with nondescript players on the roster. Until Monday night, the Seahawks public relations department was unaware if Lynch would attend the session or accept a fine of $100,000 from the NFL, which oversees press conferences all week.

Asked whether he was having the time of his life this week, Lynch said: "Yeah."

He said he was not uncomfortable, but did not enjoy media attention.

"Nope. I'm just about action. You say 'hut' and there's action," said Lynch. "All the unnecessary talk, it don't do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?"

Lynch, 27, was acquired four games into the 2010 season from the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo drafted Lynch 12th overall out of Cal and he was a Pro Bowl selection in his second season (2008). When Lynch encountered off-the-field issues -- two arrests, including a gun charge that drew a three-game suspension -- the Bills chose to cut bait after several times denying Seahawks general manager John Schneider's persistent pursuit of the power back.

"You know, it was an opportunity for me to go and see if there was something else out there," Lynch said Tuesday. "I'm glad I got the chance to do that. Crazy stuff right here, though, but I'm just pleased with the opportunity I have to be a part of this. I just rolled with my gut, straight up. I took that feeling right then and there that this was the best situation."

Lynch's disdain for media responsibilities is yesterday's news. He was fined $50,000 for passing on media obligations following the NFC Championship game, when he used an expletive to dismiss New York Post reporter Bart Hubbuch from his locker and blared music to prevent further conversation.

In what could be viewed as an effort to amends -- and avoid financial repercussions -- Lynch did speak to one local reporter during the bye week before traveling to the Super Bowl, but it was writer Clare Farnsworth, who is employed by the team.

"He's a grown man. I don't tell him much," said fullback Michael Robinson. "I think he knows what he's doing. He's got a good plan in place and as long as he runs inside-outside zone on Sunday, I'm happy with that."

Lynch and all players and assistant coaches for both teams have two hour-long media sessions to go, Wednesday and Thursday morning, before he can officially transition back to Beast Mode.
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