Monday 9th December 2019
9-Dec-2019

Marshawn Lynch Joins Front Office As Co-Owner Of Oakland Arena Football Team

Marshawn Lynch Joins Front Office As Co Owner Of Oakland Arena Football Team 

Beast mode is back in Oakland, California! Former Raiders running back, Marshawn Lynch has joined the front office as a co-owner of the Oakland Panthers. The team is set to play at the former Oracle Arena, where the Golden State Warriors called home before moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco. Lynch, 33, has kept a full schedule since he retired from the NFL for a second time at the end of last season. He spoke on his decision to become apart of Arena football, Lynch begins,

“My whole intention was to come back and play with them until they left. Arena football wasn’t something I was looking at — not even a little bit. But when the opportunity presented itself — I’m a big dude on believing in timing and [stuff]. This, at the time, really made sense.”

He continues, adding how great of an opportunity this is for the Oakland community.

“This is a given. I’m in with this. The [Raiders] will be leaving, but the fans will be here. This is a good opportunity and a good timing to where you will still have those fans, that community, and the pride they bring.”

Lynch’s new team, the Oakland Panthers — a nod to Oakland’s Black Panthers history of the 1960s, proudly announced their new co-owner on Instagram Friday (Sept 13th). In a photo, the team shares the news of the Oakland native joining the front office.

“Oakland-native, Marshawn Lynch is proud to be keeping football an integral part of the Oakland community.”

As previously reported, after more than ten years in the NFL, Lynch retired as Raiders head coach Jon Gruden planned his team to move on with a younger RB, according to reports.

“The Raiders love Marshawn Lynch, but Jon Gruden had moved on and made it clear. They plan to take a RB early. John Jacobs in the 20s is a possible target for Oakland.”

Lynch unretired to return to his hometown Oakland squad in 2017. In his first year with the Raiders, Lynch remained productive generating 891 yards on 207 carries scoring seven TDs. Last season, injuries once again caught up with the aging veteran. He played just six games, earning 376 yards (4.2 average) and three scoring touchdowns. He redefined his career and power running with the Seattle Seahawks for six seasons during their Super Bowl runs, winning the 2013 Super Bowl. Lynch became a household name, taking on the nickname “Beast Mode” after ran over any defender who dare attempt a tackle the 5ft 11?, 200 pound running back.

Authored by: Gregory Molette