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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch surprisingly talked to the media today and unlike most occasions, he had a lot to say including why he decided to return to Oakland.
While most assumed that Lynch’s return was as much about a championship as it was to play for his hometown team, Lynch made it clear that his decision was “more about Oakland,” during media availability Tuesday, before going on to explain what made his decision final was “when [he] found out [the Raiders] were leaving.”
At first, Lynch’s reasoning may not make sense to some, however, Lynch went on to say that he wanted to use the opportunity to be a role model for those in the community.
Once the team leaves, kids “won’t have the opportunity to see most of their idols growing up” because the Raiders will be in Las Vegas. If Lynch plays and then retires shortly thereafter as expected, he can serve as an ambassador of transition for the team.