John Lynch (American football)
Lynch at the 2007 Pro Bowl
|Date of birth:September 25, 1971|
|Place of birth: Hinsdale, Illinois|
|High school: San Diego (CA) Torrey Pines|
|NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82|
|Debuted in 1993 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Last played in 2007 for the Denver Broncos|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
John Terrence Lynch, Jr. (born September 25, 1971) is a former American football strong safety who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is a current color commentator for NFL on Fox. He played college football at Stanford University, and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft.
A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Lynch earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. He also spent time with the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots before retiring as a free agent during the 2008 season. He was ranked No. 10 as the most feared tackler in NFL history, on the NFL Films production "Top 10 Most Feared Tacklers", for the NFL Network, a list shared with the likes of Dick Butkus, Lawrence Taylor, Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, and Jack Lambert.
Lynch was drafted as a right handed pitcher by the Florida Marlins the second round (66th overall) of the 1992 amateur draft. He threw the first pitch in the organization's history as a member of the Erie Sailors, which was a 95 mph ball. His jersey is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played two seasons in the minor leagues with the Sailors and Kane County Cougars, starting nine games and going 1–3 with a 2.36 earned run average.
He roomed with Edgar Renteria, according to his comments during the October 31 broadcast of the Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL game, for which Lynch acts as a broadcaster.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lynch was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round (82nd pick overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. Lynch played his first 11 seasons in the league with the Buccaneers. When he arrived, the Buccaneers were among the worst teams in the league; his first three years were the last of a record stretch of 10-loss seasons. However, he was a key player on the aggressive Tampa 2 defenses of the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2002, Lynch collected a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Bucs.
He served as the Broncos defensive captain in 2006 and 2007. On July 31, 2008, Lynch was granted his release by the Broncos. Lynch said in a news conference that his lack of playing time heading into this season was a reason for his departure.
New England Patriots
On November 17, 2008, while in Tampa, Lynch officially announced his retirement from football. Six days later, he joined NFL on Fox in the broadcasting booth as a color commentator, and was paired with Chris Rose. His first game covered was the Week 12, November 23, 2008 match-up of the Minnesota Vikings at the Jacksonville Jaguars. He now does commentary alongside Kevin Burkhardt.
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Lynch is married to Linda, older sister of his close friend and former NFL tight end John Allred. He and Allred had a run-in during a 1997 NFL game that resulted in Allred almost getting knocked out from a hit.
- Mayer, Larry. "Lynch didn't quite send message he intended". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
Former NFL safety John Lynch, who's broadcasting Sunday's Bears-Rams game at Soldier Field on Fox, will never forget Brandon Marshall's first practice with the Denver Broncos.
- "Top 10 most-feared tacklers in NFL history". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
Bears TE John Allred, brother in law to John Lynch, learned the hard way about the safety's passion for collisions with unsuspecting ball carriers.
- The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 4, p. 26,
- "Lynch's 11-year run in Tampa ends". Sports.espn.go.com. March 12, 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- Reiss, Mike (August 14, 2008). "Patriots sign Lynch". Boston.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- Williamson, Bill (July 31, 2008). "Lynch leaves Broncos, weighs options on and off field". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- "Broncos make it official, release John Lynch". 9news.com. K-USA NBC. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- Reiss, Mike (August 13, 2008). "Patriots hosting John Lynch". Boston.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- "Lynch getting acclimated to life with Patriots". =NFL.com. August 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- "Patriots cut Lynch, Jackson; add six to practice squad". NFL.com. September 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- "John Lynch Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- Lynch, John (November 24, 2011). "Ravens must make QB beat them". FoxSports.com. Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
- "Top Ten Most Feared Tacklers: #10 John Lynch". YouTube.com. jaw1987cchs. January 14, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-26.