Marshawn Lynch said he has joined the ownership group of a new professional arena football team that will call Oakland, California, its home starting next spring.

Lynch, speaking to The Mercury News, said the idea and opportunity to help keep football in his native city was born when he was watching his brother, Davonte Sapp-Lynch, play in an Indoor Football League game earlier this year in Arizona.

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Lynch, who retired from the NFL for a second time after last season, said he sees the Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League as a second chance for him to leave the legacy in Oakland he had intended before the Raiders decided to leave for Las Vegas.

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