"I've learned a lot of lessons in Oakland," said Lynch. "I've seen many come and I've seen many go. Oakland has really just taught me about life. I feel that I'm proud of my city. I feel like [without it] I wouldn't have been the man who I am today. I've had ups and downs and I've been able to overcome them just because I feel like being from Oakland I've had to overcome so much. 1
Josh Johnson was a teammate at Oakland Tech and is Lynch's cousin. 38thnotes.com's Cool Hand Luke (Lukas Brekke-Meisner) was his classmate at Oakland Tech and has interviewed him numerous times.
Links and References
Oaktown Business: Marshawn Lynch on seahawks.com
Oakland Tech is where Marshawn Lynch feels at home San Jose Mercury January 29, 2015