John Lynch (American football)

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John Lynch
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Lynch at the 2008 Pro Bowl, during his time with the Denver Broncos.
San Francisco 49ers
Position: General manager (Safety)
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-09-25) September 25, 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth: Hinsdale, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: San Diego (CA) Torrey Pines
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,058
Quarterback sacks: 13.0
Interceptions: 26
Forced fumbles: 16
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

John Terrence Lynch Jr. (born September 25, 1971) is a former American football strong safety and the current general manager of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). 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 four seasons with the Denver Broncos before retiring in 2008. After the end of his playing career, Lynch worked in the broadcasting booth as a color commentator for NFL on Fox games, and remained doing so until his hiring as the general manager of the 49ers in 2017.

Early years[edit]

Lynch was born in Hinsdale, Illinois. He attended Torrey Pines High School in the Carmel Valley/Del Mar area of San Diego, California, where he played football, baseball and basketball.

College career[edit]

Lynch starred in baseball and football at Stanford University, where he was coached by NFL Hall Of Fame Inductee Bill Walsh.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Lynch was drafted as a right-handed pitcher by the Florida Marlins in the second round (66th overall) of the 1992 Major League Baseball draft. He threw the first pitch in the organization's history as a member of the Erie Sailors; thus, his jersey with the Sailors is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.[2] He played two seasons in the minor leagues with the Sailors and the Kane County Cougars, starting nine games and going 1–3 with a 2.35 earned run average.[3]

Football career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

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.

Lynch was released by the Buccaneers following the 2003 season for salary cap reasons.[4]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Lynch signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos prior to the 2004 season, despite being courted by the New England Patriots.[5]

In the 2005 season, Lynch nearly made his second Super Bowl, but the Broncos lost to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.

He served as the Broncos defensive captain in 2006 and 2007. On July 31, 2008, Lynch was granted his release by the Broncos.[6] Lynch said in a news conference that his lack of playing time heading into this season was a reason for his departure.[7]

Lynch was officially inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in a ceremony at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in October 2016.[8]

Lynch was officially inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in a ceremony at Raymond James Stadium in November 2016.[citation needed]

New England Patriots[edit]

Lynch visited with the New England Patriots on August 13, 2008,[9] then agreed to a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million.[10] However, on September 1, 2008, Lynch was released from the team.[11]

Retirement and broadcasting career[edit]

On November 17, 2008, 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 and Kevin Burkhardt.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On January 29, 2017, Lynch was named the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers.[12][13][14]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
Comb Tackles Ast Sacks FF FR Yards Int Yards Avg Long TD PD
1993 TB 15 10 9 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1994 TB 16 16 11 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 TB 9 38 27 11 0.0 0 0 0 3 3 1 3 0 5
1996 TB 16 100 71 29 1.0 2 1 0 3 26 9 25 0 9
1997 TB 16 110 74 36 0.0 1 2 0 2 28 14 28 0 2
1998 TB 15 85 50 35 2.0 1 1 0 2 29 15 17 0 7
1999 TB 16 116 80 36 0.5 1 0 0 2 32 16 28 0 9
2000 TB 16 85 56 29 1.0 0 2 0 3 43 14 36 0 8
2001 TB 16 87 62 25 1.0 1 1 0 3 21 7 15 0 7
2002 TB 15 64 41 23 0.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 8
2003 TB 14 72 50 22 0.5 0 0 0 2 18 9 18 0 8
2004 DEN 15 64 47 17 2.0 3 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 8
2005 DEN 16 61 44 17 4.0 4 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 8
2006 DEN 16 84 59 25 0.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2007 DEN 13 59 46 13 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Career 224 1,051 727 324 13.0 16 8 0 26 204 8 36 0 89

[15]

Personal life[edit]

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.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 4, p. 26,
  2. ^ Saccomano, Jim (Jun 5, 2016). "Sundays with Sacco: John Lynch's unique place in baseball". NFL.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ "John Lynch Minor League Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lynch's 11-year run in Tampa ends". Sports.espn.go.com. March 12, 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  5. ^ Reiss, Mike (August 14, 2008). "Patriots sign Lynch". Boston.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  6. ^ Williamson, Bill (July 31, 2008). "Lynch leaves Broncos, weighs options on and off field". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Broncos make it official, release John Lynch". 9news.com. K-USA NBC. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  8. ^ http://www.9news.com/sports/nfl/denver-broncos/mike-klis/john-lynch-had-four-year-ring-of-fame-stay-in-denver/340315823
  9. ^ Reiss, Mike (August 13, 2008). "Patriots hosting John Lynch". Boston.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Lynch getting acclimated to life with Patriots". =NFL.com. August 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Patriots cut Lynch, Jackson; add six to practice squad". NFL.com. September 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  12. ^ "San Francisco 49ers hire John Lynch as GM, bring back Matt Millen memories". Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ "John Lynch Named General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers". 49ers.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ Orr, Conor. "San Francisco 49ers name John Lynch general manager". NFL.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  15. ^ "John Lynch Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Lynch, John (November 24, 2011). "Ravens must make QB beat them". FoxSports.com. Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 

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