He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and played most of his NFL career as a bruising running back for the Seattle Seahawks between 2010 and 2015. He retired in the 2016 season, returning to play 22 more games for the Oakland Raiders over the next two seasons, retiring as a Seahawk in 2019.

He ended his career with one Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks and 10,413 yards rushing. SporTrac, which tracks athletes’ contracts, puts his career NFL earnings at nearly $56.8 million.

Lynch joins a small number of Black limited partners in NHL teams. Tech billionaire David L. Steward has a piece of the St. Louis Blues. BET co-founder Sheila Johnson and Earl Stafford, CEO of venture capital firm the Wentworth Group have stakes in the Washington Capitals. Producer James Lassiter, along with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, have ownership in the New Jersey Devils.