NEWARK, N.J. — Tarvaris Jackson’s lone season with the Buffalo Bills was forgettable for both player and team.
In fact, in Jackson’s mind, it never even happened.
“I’ve erased last year from my mind. I don’t remember anything from the Bills,” he said Tuesday inside the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., site of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. “It was rough there, but it is what it is. Now I’m here in the Super Bowl, just trying to enjoy that.”
Jackson joined the Bills in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks prior to the final preseason game of 2012. That game, against Detroit, would mark the only time he would wear a Bills uniform. He went 0 for 1, with his lone pass being intercepted. He was inactive for all 16 games in the regular season.
“I have no idea why I was even brought there,” Jackson said. “It was a different situation. I don’t know what the plan was when I was brought in. I’m past that now. I’m just trying to take this all in and enjoy this and hopefully get a Super Bowl.”
The Bills re-signed Jackson after the 2012 season to a one-year contract, but cut him before minicamp in June. He pocketed $500,000 from the team in that deal, meaning the Bills paid Jackson $2.25 million over a little more than a season.
“A lot of people have been asking me about how it feels coming from Buffalo last year and being back in Seattle this year ... I never wanted to leave Seattle in the first place,” Jackson said. “It’s a good feeling being in a place where you’re winning games. That Buffalo situation is over with.”
Jackson is the backup to Russell Wilson with the Seahawks, who carry only two quarterbacks on the roster. Wilson has stayed healthy this season, meaning Jackson has only thrown 13 passes, completing 10 of them for 151 yards and one touchdown. He has a quarterback rating of 140.2 in the limited work.
Sunglasses on and hood up, Marshawn Lynch took questions from reporters for a little more than 6 minutes as part of Media Day.
That answered one of the more fascinating questions of the week surrounding the former Bills running back and current Seahawks star – would he show up?
Lynch’s aversion to the media has been well documented this season. He was fined $50,000 earlier in the year for not speaking.
That fine was held in abeyance after Lynch agreed to meet the league-imposed media demands, which he did before each Seattle playoff game.
Lynch made it clear he’s as comfortable as a polar bear on South Beach in front of the cameras and microphones.
“I’m just about action. You say ‘hut’ and there’s action. All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?” he said.
Asked why his interviews were so uncomfortable, Lynch said, “I think you’re just taking it wrong. It don’t make me uncomfortable.”
Lynch said that he likes to “keep it low key,” and that Seahawks fans don’t care what he says – or doesn’t say – to the press, only that he shows up to perform.
As for whether he’s enjoying the moment, Lynch took the opportunity to end his press conference.
“I won’t be satisfied with this until it’s all over. When we win, that’s when I’ll be satisfied. Until then, I’ve got work, but I appreciate all this. Y’all have a good day.”
There aren’t many Buffalo Bills fans around Pensacola, Fla.
New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars ... All those teams make sense for folks in Florida’s panhandle.
But a Bills fan grew up there, was thrilled by the K-gun offense there and got taunted about four straight Super Bowl losses there.
On Sunday, he’ll have a chance to win the Super Bowl himself.
“I remember watching Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed play, and to be able to play the game at that level now is just unreal for me to think on,” Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said at Super Bowl Media Day.
Baldwin, a 25-year-old Stanford grad, was too young to remember the Bills’ Super Bowl run, but he latched onto them because he was a pee-wee running back who adored Thomas’ style.
“I was moved to being a Buffalo Bills fan,” Baldwin said.
In the heady days when Jim Kelly and Dan Marino battled for the AFC East crown each year, Baldwin took a lot grief for his allegiance.
“It was frustrating,” Baldwin said. “As a fan, I got attached to the players and the team.
“My uncle was a big Dolphins fan. We’d go at it all the time. But it was a friendly rivalry within our family.”