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Marshawn Lynch's act makes pal Fred Jackson 'laugh every time'

PHOENIX -- Marshawn Lynch's defiant behavior wore thin in Western New York long before he brought them to the national stage with Seattle Seahawks.

Lynch's antics never will get tiresome for old friend Fred Jackson.

"I laugh every time," Jackson said Wednesday at the Super Bowl media center. "Guys that know Marshawn know he's the biggest jokester and character you will ever meet.

"You sit back and watch and think, 'I wonder how long he worked on that and keeping that poker face.' You take all those things with a grain of salt and know that it's just him being him."

The NFL has warned the Seahawks they will be penalized 15 yards if Lynch continues to grab his crotch after scoring touchdowns.

Lynch on Tuesday spent his five minutes on the media-day podium replying "I'm just here so I won't get fined" to 29 straight questions.

"He's uncomfortable," Jackson said. "He doesn't like the cameras. So I think he tries to take advantage of all this and have fun."

Lynch followed up Wednesday with a similarly taciturn tone while wearing "Beast Mode" apparel that could get him fined because it's not NFL-licensed.

League executives, reporters and many fans groan at Lynch's act.

From Jackson's perspective, none of that should matter to his teammates.

"He was a tremendous teammate to be around," Jackson said. "He's going to lay it on the line every time he gets out there. We see it when he does something spectacular on the field and the way his teammates come up to him.

"He just shies away from the media. It's not anything he's ever been fond of. But when you put him on the football field, you know you're going to get everything out of him. Guys respect him and love playing with him."

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