PHOENIX – Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics.
After two days of giving only scripted answers, the Seattle Seahawks star running back gave his most extensive comments of Super Bowl week, mostly telling reporters why he won't talk to them.
"I don't know what story y'all trying to get out of me. I don't know what image y'all trying to portray of me," Lynch said Thursday. "But it don't matter what y'all think, what y'all say about me because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face — my family that I love, that's all that really matter to me. So y'all can go make up whatever y'all want to make up because I don't say enough for y'all to go and put anything out on me.
"Y'all shove cameras and microphones down my throat. But when I'm at home in my environment, I don't see y'all, but y'all mad at me. And if you ain't mad at me, then what y'all here for? I ain't got nothing for y'all, though. I told y'all that."
Lynch, who had spurned reporters' efforts to get him to talk at mandatory news conferences Tuesday and Wednesday, seemed frustrated that they were still trying.
"I'm here preparing for a game. And y'all want to ask me these questions, which is understandable. I could get down with that. But I told y'all. I'm not about to say nothing. … All of my requirements are fulfilled."
Lynch praised his teammates; his hometown of Oakland, Calif., and his Family First Foundation. When asked who the best player on the Seahawks was, he said: "All of them."
As he has all week, Lynch stayed five minutes before leaving.
At Media Day on Tuesday, Lynch repeated: "I'm just here so I don't get fined" while talking to reporters.
On Wednesday, he replied to all questions with: "You know why I'm here."
Singer Katy Perry borrowed Lynch's catchphrase during her news conference to discuss her halftime performance.
Asked which player she has her eye on, Perry said: "I'm just here so I don't get fined."
Baby on the way
Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday's Super Bowl.
The Seahawks star cornerback doesn't seem worried about the potential arrival of his son interfering with his chances at winning a second consecutive Super Bowl title. He's expecting his son to be cooperative from birth.
"He's not supposed to come on Sunday. Obviously that would change some things. But I think he's going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game. He's going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two," Sherman said.
"But I've thought about the possibility of him coming during the game and coming before the game and we have things in place in case that happens and we'll cross that bridge when we get there. But I did not know it was a topic of national debate, honestly. I would not like to miss the birth of my first son, my first kid. Thankfully, hopefully and God willing we won't have to cross that bridge."
Sherman revealed the pending birth of his son earlier this week in a first-person article for the website MMQB.
He also had no reservations about the idea of his son playing football in the future. "There are a lot of aspects of football that people don't talk about, and these are the things you learn and they are essential throughout your life," he said.
• Tom Brady expects his cold to be gone in time for the Super Bowl. The Patriots quarterback still sounded congested when he said Thursday, "I expect to be 100 percent on Sunday. I'll be ready to go." He showed signs of the cold on Wednesday after appearing healthy during Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday.
• Despite firsthand reports that there was a fire alarm that went off at the Patriots team hotel around 2 a.m. Thursday, almost all the players insisted that they either slept through it or that it did not exist. It was the second time in three nights that an alarm has gone off at the hotel.
• All 53 players on the Seahawks active roster were full participants in practice for the second consecutive day. Seattle started the workout outdoors at Arizona State but moved inside the practice bubble for the final hour when rain started to fall.