Marshawn Lynch on “ta[king] care of y’all chicken”

Marshawn Lynch, American football running back for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), played what could be the final game of his career. During the postgame press conference, after the Seahawks’ season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers, Lynch was answering questions about his future when he broke out with an insightful message to young players in the NFL: “This is a vulnerable time for a lot of these young dudes, you feel me? They don’t be taking care of their chicken right, you feel me?…Take care of y’all bread, so when y’all done go ahead and take care of yourself.”

“So while you’re at it right now, take care of y’all bodies,” Lynch added, “take care of y’all chicken. Take care of y’all mentals because, look, we ain’t lasting that long.”

In most cases, Marshawn Lynch isn’t one to enjoy speaking to the media. So it was surprising to hear him speak out on a subject most NFL players brush off. Sports Illustrated once estimated that 78 percent of NFL players are either bankrupt or under financial stress within two years of retirement. Of course, many factors contribute to this statistic, such as a lack of financial planning and supporting families and friends. But the fact remains that many NFL players don’t know how to manage their money— even while having an agent.

Knowing Marshawn Lynch and his crazy antics most would write his advice off as inaccurate or question his credibility. On the contrary, according to BusinessInsider.com, Lynch hasn’t spent a penny of the millions of dollars in salary he has made in his NFL career. Living off of business ventures, he is estimated to earn about $5 million per year through endorsement deals with Nike, Pepsi, Skittles, Progressive, and Activision, according to Forbes.com.

 Perhaps we should follow Lynch’s valuable advice as we could learn a thing or two from his public message to his “young sahobs.” When all is said and done, he will be remembered as a person who took care of his necessities as well as his chicken.