California lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom and super agent Doug Hendrickson phoned into CBS Sports Radio en route to a Zac Brown Band concert Friday night. The duo discussed several Super Bowl-related topics, including Marshawn Lynch, who stonewalled – and then chastised – the media this past week.
Hendrickson represents Lynch for Relativity Sports, but Newsom did most of the talking on the Seattle Seahawks running back, whom he got to know quite well while major of San Francisco.
“Let me just suggest this,” Newsom began on Ferrall on the Bench. “For those that don’t know him, don’t necessarily like him and don’t like the fact that he’s not being complicit in the expectations that Roger Goodell and the NFL have placed in terms of availability with the press: At the end of the day, I think the most suggestive thing in terms of who he is and his character is the fact that his teammates have overwhelmingly come to his defense and they’ve talked about how extraordinary he is as a teammate.
“And I can tell you just firsthand, I’ve witnessed it,” Newsom continued. “This is not speculative. I’ve seen him when no cameras are on, no one gave a damn bout whether or not he was involved or not involved, and he was there making a difference. And I’ve also seen him with folks that are friends of his and relatives that are struggling and he steps up and he steps in in a big way.
“For me, at the end of the day, that’s what matters. I couldn’t be more proud of him as an individual and – I’ll say it – as a role model. He’s had some struggles in the past, but he’s recovered from them. He’s made mistakes, he’s owned up to them and he’s moved forward. I’m a little frustrated, frankly, when I see all the friction and the punditry around whether or not he’s saying what people expect him to say. But at the end of the day, he’s a remarkable human being from my perspective.”
Scott Ferrall asked Newsom which team he’s picking to win the Super Bowl. It might cost Newsom some cool points in San Francisco, but he’s going with Seattle.
“A lot of people (in San Francisco) have strong opinions about (Richard) Sherman and Lynch and Pete Carroll,” he said. “But I’ve watched Marshawn for years and years as a mayor that got him involved and saw him engage with folks in the inner city in San Francisco. He’s the real deal. I couldn’t be more proud of him and more supportive of him. And as a consequence, I’ll break ranks with a lot of brethren in San Francisco and say big-time Seattle win.”
While Super Bowl XLIX should be a dandy, Ferrall is already looking ahead to Super Bowl 50, which will be played Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Ferrall told Hendrickson that Newsom better set him up with a suite that night.
“You’re damn right,” Hendrickson said, laughing. “We better have a nice box.”