Marshawn Lynch may have left the NFL, but that does not mean he’s finished football. The retired runner is a co-founder and should be the co-owner of the Oakland Panthers, a new professional sand football team that will debut as a member of the Futsal League in the spring.
According to The Mercury News, a press conference will be held on Tuesday to announce the team’s name, appoint Kurt Bryan as head coach and introduce the owners group.
Lynch thanks his brother Davonte Sapp-Lynch, who plays at IFL, for putting him in touch with Panthers co-owner Roy Choi and team president Scott McKibben earlier this year.
“Yes, I went to see my brother and found them after the match,” Lynch said. “I had a lot of fun during the match. When they said, “We’re going to bring a team to Oakland,” I really did not believe it. ”
As the Warriors head to the Chase Center in San Francisco and the Raiders leave for Las Vegas in 2020, the Panthers are ready to take over the old Oracle Arena, now called Oakland Arena, to keep professional football in action. play area. Bay.
“It is a fact. I agree with that, “said Lynch. The (Raiders) are going to leave, but the fans will be here. It’s a good opportunity and a good time to continue having these fans, this community and the pride they bring. ”
Lynch, who retired from the NFL for the second time after last season, said he would seize the opportunity to create a lasting legacy in Oakland, leaving no one with the Raiders.
“My intention was to come back and play with them until they left,” said Lynch. “(Sand football) was not something I looked at, not even a little bit, but when the opportunity came, I’m a great type of faith in time and (these things). It was really logical at that time. “