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John Madden talks up Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch

By Alex Butler

June 9 (UPI) -- One of the most notorious plays in Marshawn Lynch's NFL career was one he didn't make. Hall of Fame coach John Madden made an indirect reference to that play in a recent video for the Oakland Raiders.

Madden posted a 103-32-7 record in 10 seasons coaching the Raiders. He led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 1977.

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Lynch unretired and joined the Raiders in an April trade. The Oakland native won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, but was denied of a repeat Lombardi Trophy in 2015.

The Seahawks lost that game on their final possession, when New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass from Russell Wilson. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has drawn criticism for his play calling during that loss after choosing to throw the ball from the one-yard-line on second down with 26 seconds remaining in the Super Bowl instead of handing off to Lynch, his All-Pro running back. Lynch had 102 rushing yards and a touchdown in that game, while running for 4.2 yards per carry.

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"One of the worst things in pro football now is short yardage and goal line offense," Madden said in a video for the Raiders. "Teams can't get first downs by running. And they get down on the goal line and they are down there on the one-yard-line throwing the ball. What's that all about? If Marshawn Lynch can take them out of that ... if he can get first downs on third downs and if he can get touchdowns on goal lines, that will be a great big deal for the Raiders."

Lynch, 31, can earn up to $16.5 million on his new deal, according to NFL.com.

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The 2012 All-Pro needs 888 yards to total 10,000 rushing yards for his career. He has 83 career touchdowns. Oakland had the third-best rushing offense in the AFC last season, netting 120.1 yards per game.

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