Marshawn Lynch

Sometimes the people who speak the least have the most to say. For the past few years, Marshawn Lynch has epitomized that.

During his appearance Tuesday with Conan O'Brien, the retired Pro Bowl running back gave his candid thoughts about Colin Kaepernick's national-anthem protest:

"I'd rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered," Lynch says. "So, I mean, my take on it is [expletive]'s got to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes to see there's really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop. And I mean, if you're really not racist, then you're going to see what he's done, what he's doing, [not] as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have."

Lynch and O'Brien have developed a public friendship since his "Clueless Gamer" segment on Conan went viral in January 2015.

Lynch, 30, was born and raised in Oakland and went to school at nearby Cal, where he majored in social welfare. He currently runs the Fam 1st Family Foundation, which empowers underprivileged Bay Area youths.

On Conan, Lynch also promoted his new BEASTMODE chocolate bars, part of a partnership with IT'SUGAR. A portion of the proceeds from each bar will go toward the foundation.

-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.