Marshawn Lynch’s obsession with Skittles is well-documented. Well, at least we thought so — ESPN has now taken it to a new level by examining his candy craving on “Sport Science” .
As you likely know, the Seahawks running back has a habit of eating a bag of Skittles on the sideline during football games. His tradition began in high school, when his mother would give him a bag of Skittles before every game, and it lives on to this day.
In fact, it’s become a running gag on the sidelines. And, after the nation noticed Lynch’s little habit during a “Thursday Night Football” game last season, it’s become something more — the company that makes Skittles, Mars Inc., reportedly sent Lynch two years’ worth of candy and a custom dispenser.
The Seattle star later got fined by the NFL for wearing Skittles shoes during the Seahawks’ game against the 49ers a year ago.
But for all this time, there’s been one unanswered question: Do Skittles make Marshawn Lynch better?
Until now. That’s what ESPN examined, checking Lynch’s blood-sugar levels before and after consuming a half-ton of Skittles (OK, maybe not that many) and measuring the effect on his speed, reaction time and grip strength. And the results may surprise you.
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