Lynch is infinitely more interesting than Russell Wilson, who is polished to a featureless sheen. In his own way, Lynch is every bit as fascinating and, yes, as quotable as Richard Sherman or Michael Bennett—he never fails to provide column material, even if that column is just self-defeating contumely about how Lynch isn't providing column material.

The thing is that it's possible to write, and to write well about Marshawn Lynch without squeezing him for dishwater platitudes, be it an opinion piece or a thoroughly reported profile. Something like this, from the Seattle Times, tells a fleshed-out and humanizing story of who Lynch is, even without his participation. And it's Lynch's very refusal to engage that fills in the rest of the blanks.