Marshawn Lynch: Can His Career Be Saved?

Jacob BradleyContributor IMarch 4, 2009

Well, this is the question I have been thinking to myself for a while now, especially the fact that this is now his second time he has been accused of committing a crime in as many seasons.

As a Bills fan myself, I automatically forgive him because I know he is a key to our offense. However, outside of Buffalo, not too many are ready to forgive and forget. In a way, he reminds me of Adam "Pacman" Jones.

Anyway to my point—yes, he can fix his career and what some think of him.

For starters, he is at a very early point in what could be a very successful career, so it is easier for fans to forgive him because he is less experienced. At this point, an apology would be the wisest thing for him to do.

Of course, another thing he must is improve his behavior off the field.

I know he went through similar situations in college, but this is the NFL where you must take it upon yourself to mature in the offseason. You can't just think for yourself, but also think for your future and the impact it could have on your current team.

If he can improve his behavior, people will tend to ignore these incidents and pay more attention to what he does on the field.

The late Sean Taylor is a great example of how you can improve. He had many problems in the past, like driving under the influence, missing team meetings, spitting in Michael Pittman's face, and many other things, but as he moved on in his NFL career, he became a wiser, more mature player.

Although he was killed in 2007 due to gun violence, he tried to get away from that type of lifestyle. Unfortunately, it just caught up to him, but after he died, he was respected well by others in the game. However, if he hadn't tried to improve in his life, do you think as many people would have cared?

Anyway, I kind of went into dramatics there and I apologize if I crossed the line, but I was trying to make my point clear. Lynch could also improve himself by helping more with the community, which would give him more respect within the Buffalo and California communities.

If he follows these steps, he could be viewed as more of a role model rather than a mistake. This would help his NFL career shine more.

There has already been proof of his immense talent.  In 2007, he totaled 260 carries for 1,115 yards with seven touchdowns and in 2008 he posted 250 carries for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns. His performance in 2008 earned him a spot as a Pro Bowl alternate, where he led AFC squad in rushing (48 yards on six carries).

If Lynch does not improve on his off-the-field behavior, he could very well end up with the likes of Adam Jones, his former teammate Anthony Hargrove (who sat last season out due to failed drug tests) or even former Bills running back Travis Henry (who also failed drug tests and was later arrested on drug trafficking charges).

This poor conduct could ruin Lynch's bright future. However, if he does turn this around, Lynch could have a very successful career with a team that just needs a few final pieces to be a playoff team and could bring him to a Super Bowl.