"This is actually like born and raised and bred and pissin' in them hallways."
Marshawn Lynch spoke with reporters for the first time since un-retiring to play for the Oakland Raiders yesterday afternoon and he had much more to say than, "I'm just here so I don't get fined."
Marshawn, 30, was asked when he decided to make his NFL return to which he replied, "When I found out they was leaving."
As many of you know, Lynch grew up in Oakland, played his college ball at Cal, and wanted to play for the Raiders before they relocate to Las Vegas in 2020.
Marshawn told reporters,
"With me being from here and continuing to be here, it was my opportunity to get to see somebody that actually did from where they from and for the team that they probably idolized."
"Just to play in Oakland is a dream come true. There's been always something to, being from Oakland that, you want to play at home and have the opportunity. I mean, you'd understand why it's so big for me to come and play," Lynch said. "Knowing that they was leaving, a lot of the kids here probably won't have an opportunity to see most of their idols growing up, being they (won't) be in the hometown anymore."
"I got the whole town, you feel me though, riding with me. I got a whole new Oakland behind me though. The way we feel just about where we from and why we represent where we from so hard is because we know what the struggle is and how we get down. So every home game that I get to come to this mother fucker, I'm probably going to be riding with the whole town," Lynch said.
"It ain't like I'm saying 'I'm coming to y'all's city and riding with y'all.' This is actually like born and raised and bred and pissin' in them hallways and running down them alleyways and I really did that, right here. Now I get the opportunity to play here. All that you said is great and that's good, but it's more for Oakland."
Check out the video clips of his press conference below.
Marshawn Lynch is speaking with the media in Oakland. Look at that stance. pic.twitter.com/Adoc2pBMOx— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) June 6, 2017
How can you not love Marshawn pic.twitter.com/Iq5TZs3omm— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) June 6, 2017
OTA Press Conference With Marshawn Lynch pic.twitter.com/LaZJSECSDQ— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) June 6, 2017