By Brady Henderson
Marshawn Lynch’s unique personality has already produced plenty of entertainment.
There was that time at Cal when he commandeered a trainers cart after a game and swerved around the field for a few seconds, his way of celebrating an overtime win over Washington. There’s also his tendency to call reporters “boss,” the alter ego that he refers to as Beast Mode, and his affinity for Skittles, a candy he’s been known to eat on the sidelines and talk about in the huddle.
We probably didn’t need to hear another funny story about Lynch to know that the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl running back can be a bit quirky.
But that’s what Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn gave us when he joined “Brock and Salk” on Wednesday. Their conversation touched on the improvement Flynn has made since his rookie season, how he’s handling himself while competing for a starting spot, and finally Lynch.
Flynn called Lynch a “pretty fun guy” and said they’ve spent some time together at the facility in recent weeks. Flynn was asked whether he’s had any unusual encounters with his new teammate.
“No. He calls me Antonio, though, for some reason,” Flynn said.
“I don’t know. I’m in the locker room and I’ll hear him yell from across the way, he just yells ‘Antonio!’ So, I don’t know,” Flynn said, sounding equally puzzled and amused. “I guess I’m Antonio to him.”
Why does Lynch do that?
Good question. Flynn asked him, and he still isn’t sure.
“I did, and he didn’t really have a good explanation,” Flynn said. “He just said I look like an Antonio to him. Next time [he’s] on you’ve got to try to get an explanation for me.”