"It's a vulnerable time for a lot of these young guys. Do you feel me?" They don't really care about their chicken … I'll tell you now while you're in, take care of your bread so that when you're done you can go ahead and take care of yourself. & # 39;
These are Seattle Seahawks who are running back Marshawn Lynch after his team lost a heartbreaker to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoffs on Sunday night.
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Yes, instead of explaining the loss with a number of well-known clichés, Lynch used the opportunity to convey financial wisdom. Lynch came out of retirement to help the Seahawks advance the playoffs.
"I was on the other side of retirement and it is good that you can get there and do whatever you want," he said. "Take care of your mentals, your body and your chicken. So if you are ready to go away, go away and do whatever you want."
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NFL players could definitely use Lynch's advice. A frequently quoted report by Sports Illustrated once found that almost eight out of ten players experience financial strain within two years of their retirement. In addition, the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that one in six will file for bankruptcy.
Lynch's message should not surprise anyone who has followed his career. Known for his punishing "beast mode" style in the field and being one of the good guys, Lynch was nominated for the "Walter Payton Man of the Year" award in 2018 for his work with disadvantaged youth.
"Marshawn's influence on the pitch is easy to see," said Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders with whom Lynch played at the time of the nomination. "But it's off the field where he really makes a difference. While others talk, Marshawn walks the way. "