Marshawn Lynch Gives Passionate Speech About Violence in Oakland

Marshawn Lynch Gives Passionate Speech About Violence in Oakland

NFL star tells his hometown community, "We need to be here for each other."

Published February 20, 2015

Marshawn Lynch had little to say to the media during the 2014 NFL season.

But the Seattle Seahawks star running back has plenty to say about violence in his hometown of Oakland.

In a clip that surfaced on TMZ Sports, Lynch tells an Oakland crowd during a summer 2014 concert that he's proud to "represent where I'm from on the national mother------- stage," but, "I need y'all here for me to represent, though."

"I've been losing too many of y'all," Lynch added, touching on Oakland's high homicide statistics. "We need to be here for each other."

Since entering the NFL in 2007, Lynch has represented Oakland proudly and continues to this day, only breaking his media silence to mention charitable efforts in his city.

"He is like the mayor of Oakland," Kevin Parker, one of Lynch's Oakland mentors, told NFL.com last month. "He is probably the biggest name in Oakland, not because of what he does so much on the field, but because of what he does in the community. He goes to the high schools and middle schools and checks in on the kids. He feeds the community. He clothes the community. He gives back — turkey drives, toy drives, coat drives.

"That gives you more love than anything you do as a football player," he continued. 'Cause a lot of people don't have TVs in Oakland — they don't even watch him play football. But they know when there's a turkey drive, and they're lining up by the hundreds. 'Who put this on? Marshawn Lynch.'" 

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