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Marshawn Lynch: Raiders’ move made me want to play in Oakland

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch says if the team hadn’t announced its plans to move to Las Vegas, he probably wouldn’t have come out of retirement.

Asked today when he decided he wanted to come back and play for his hometown team, Lynch answered, “When I found out they was leaving.”

Lynch said he grew up in Oakland wanting to be a Raider and hopes to inspire children who are growing up in Oakland today.

“Just to play in Oakland is a dream come true,” Lynch said. “It’s always been something, being from Oakland, you want to play at home or have that opportunity. Them staying, it probably wouldn’t have been so big for me to want to come and play. But knowing that they were leaving and a lot of the kids here won’t have the opportunity to see most of their idols growing up be in their hometown anymore, me being from here, them continuing to be here, it gives them an opportunity to see somebody who actually did it from where they’re from.”

Lynch seemed relaxed and at ease today in his first conversation with reporters since becoming a Raider — so relaxed, in fact, that NFL Network cut short the live broadcast when Lynch casually uttered a few swear words. Lynch hasn’t always been comfortable with the media, but in Oakland he feels at home.

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28 Responses to “Marshawn Lynch: Raiders’ move made me want to play in Oakland”
  1. weepingjebus says: Jun 6, 2017 4:52 PM

    “…that don’t make no sense!” — Pete Hogwallop

  2. Centered00 says: Jun 6, 2017 4:53 PM

    A Lynch CAN change his spots!

    He done gone went from ” I’m only here so I don’t get fined” to “I love my hometown.”

    Playin’ for the right reasons…

    I’m pullin’ for you Marshawn to take the Raiders to a new level this year.

    Go Raiders!

  3. araidersfan says: Jun 6, 2017 4:56 PM

    Lynch came back because he wanted the $$$ that Son-of-Al was begging him to take as a publicity stunt. No other team was interested in signing him. And McKenzie & Del Rio are forced by the owner to mouth platitudes about this washed-up headcase.

    I’ve seen a lot of bad years in the recent past but this is the saddest/angriest I’ve been since Al Davis traded for Randy Moss.

  4. nyneal says: Jun 6, 2017 5:04 PM

    Another English professor in the NFL.
    Lynch said, …”when I found they was leaving”.
    I guess he never heard of the word “were”.
    It amazes me how so many of these college graduates in the NFL can’t even speak English on a 3rd grade level.

  5. Centered00 says: Jun 6, 2017 5:04 PM

    araidersfan: “Lynch came back because he wanted the $$$ ”

    *******************************************************

    You callin’ Lynch a liar? You AIN’T no Raider fan pal.

  6. araidersfan says: Jun 6, 2017 5:12 PM

    Centered00 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 5:04 PM

    You callin’ Lynch a liar? You AIN’T no Raider fan pal.

    ===============
    I think Lynch is full-of-it.

    As for you saying I’m not a Raider fan, I’m sure I’ll that I’ll now spend many sleepless nights over that because I really care what an anonymous stranger like you says about me, I’m probably being as honest as Lynch with that reply.

  7. raiderrob21 says: Jun 6, 2017 5:21 PM

    Classic! The were some s words and MF. Saw it all live on the Raider app. Can’t wait to unleash the beast for about 15 TDs!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  8. sigbouncer says: Jun 6, 2017 5:26 PM

    Time to take a step back Patriots.
    This year “Just Win Baby” and “Commitment to Excellence” is back. Raider Nation 2017!!!

  9. sorosbolshevism says: Jun 6, 2017 5:37 PM

    The Raider mystique dies when they leave Oakland.

  10. 1nationraidernation says: Jun 6, 2017 5:42 PM

    sorosbolshevism says:
    Jun 6, 2017 5:37 PM
    The Raider mystique dies when they leave Oakland.
    – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – –
    I concur with you on that. The Warriors will also find out that same loud crowd at oracle, is not going to be the same ones on the other side of the bridge. Would not be shocked to see another NBA team, and another NFL team relocate to Oakland.

  11. td30 says: Jun 6, 2017 5:57 PM

    uhmm…you’ll probably be gone by the time theyre playing there…

  12. abninf says: Jun 6, 2017 6:42 PM

    Zero rushing titles but a cool marketing nickname I guess.

  13. margoadams says: Jun 6, 2017 6:48 PM

    Lynch could actually cause the Raiders to regress.

  14. emphraser says: Jun 6, 2017 6:54 PM

    nyneal
    Jun 6, 2017, 2:04 PM PDT

    I guess he never heard of the word “were”.

    —————————————————–

    You guess he HAS never heard of the word “were”.
    “Has not” or “hasn’t” also work for something like this, if uttered post-3rd grade I mean.

  15. tooz56 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:03 PM

    He will go out like Bettis, Lewis, Manning, Elway… LOVE that he is a Raider !

  16. r8rsfan says: Jun 6, 2017 7:03 PM

    Like I’ve said before – he might not be at his peak physically, but Beast is going to be more motivated to succeed than at any time in his career.

    And haters taking a shot at this signing are either the standard fare haters who jump on every story about the Raiders, or fans who bitterly hate Mark Davis for moving the team. The latter get a pass right now and require no apologies or explanations.

    RN4L

  17. bert1913 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:14 PM

    ….plus he won’t have darryl bevell calling the plays

  18. sbdt says: Jun 6, 2017 7:17 PM

    As for everyone saying he did it for the money, didn’t he live predominately off endorsement money this whole time? I think he’s got some cash stashed away. Clearly he wanted out of Seattle and to rest for a minute.

  19. derrickbrooks4president says: Jun 6, 2017 7:31 PM

    “It’s all about them Benjamins Boss!”

  20. thrifty says: Jun 6, 2017 8:24 PM

    It’s hilarious how brash raiders’ fans are after ONE winning season. Lol. You do realize that the raiders will regress this fall, right?

  21. nhpats says: Jun 6, 2017 8:28 PM

    sigbouncer says:
    Jun 6, 2017 5:26 PM
    Time to take a step back Patriots.
    This year “Just Win Baby” and “Commitment to Excellence” is back. Raider Nation 2017!!!

    ————

    Come back when the Raiders do something relevant….like actually win a single playoff game…..

  22. donkeykickinurface says: Jun 6, 2017 8:43 PM

    “they was leaving”… Marshawn’s brilliance shines again. Yet another example of our society making a moron famous…

  23. raidercode says: Jun 6, 2017 9:46 PM

    Kids, stay in school.

  24. zhawk12 says: Jun 6, 2017 9:55 PM

    I seen what you mean….

  25. pantherpro says: Jun 6, 2017 11:10 PM

    Its no longer the Oakland Raiders its the Vegas Raiders…….. Sorry Oaktown it aint happening.
    Nice tarp!

  26. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 7, 2017 12:41 AM

    The Oakland county educational system is one fine thing, fer sure!

  27. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 7, 2017 4:18 AM

    Sad. His sister and mother are the same person.

  28. db105 says: Jun 7, 2017 2:12 PM

    Spoken like someone with a UC Berkeley education.

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