Lynch at Bears training camp in 2014
|Date of birth||October 3, 1990|
|Place of birth||Chicago, Illinois|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Chicago (IL) Mount Carmel|
|*Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school career
After graduating from St. Christina Elementary School in the Mt. Greenwood area of Chicago, Lynch attended Mt. Carmel High School and graduated in 2009. He played varsity for three years under coach Frank Lenti. He started two of those three years.
Lynch was redshirted in 2009. He was the backup quarterback to Chandler Harnish in 2010 and 2011. During those two years he completed 19 of 26 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 608 yards on 76 carries with six touchdowns.
In 2012, he became a starter. During the 2012 marathon MAC Championship Game, Lynch increased his rushing stats to 1,771 yards on 271 carries, breaking the previous NCAA record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback set by Denard Robinson. He finished the season with 1,815 yards. Lynch finished 7th in Heisman Voting at the end of 2012, and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award, which is awarded to the best player in the Mid-American Conference.
On October 19, 2013, Lynch broke the record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in one game, finishing with 316 yards and three touchdowns, en route to winning the Walter Camp National Player of the Week. On October 26 against Eastern Michigan, Lynch was responsible for six total touchdowns, throwing four, running for one, and catching a touchdown, gaining 339 total yards. On November 26, 2013, in Dekalb, Illinois, Lynch broke the single-game quarterback rushing yards record again, rushing for 321 yards versus the Western Michigan University Broncos. On December 9, 2013, Lynch was announced as a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy. He finished third in the voting that was announced on December 14, 2013. On December 17, Lynch was selected as a first team All-American. He finished the season with 1,920 rushing yards, which broke his record from the previous season.
|Year||Team||Pass Attempts||Pass Completions||Completion %||Pass Yards||Pass TDs||INT||Rush Attempts||Rush Yards||Rush Avg||Rush TDs|
- Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season: 1,920 (2013)
- Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game: 321 (November 26, 2013 vs. Western Michigan)
- Most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a season: 12 (2012)
- Most rushing yards per game by a quarterback in a season: 137.1 (2013)
Lynch was eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, but was not drafted. The Chicago Bears signed him to a contract as a running back shortly after the draft concluded. The Bears released Lynch on August 29, 2014.
Lynch scored his first CFL touchdown against the Ottawa RedBlacks on Thursday, July 9. Lynch was part of the Eskimos team that won the 2015 Grey Cup, and scored the game-winning touchdown with 3:22 remaining in the game for the Eskimos.
On March 8, 2017, Lynch announced his retirement from professional football. The same day, the Northern Illinois Athletics Department announced that Lynch had been hired as a running backs coach for the Huskies football program.
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- Tom Fornelli (December 9, 2013). "Six finalists announced for 2013 Heisman Trophy". www.cbssport.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- Steve Nitz (August 30, 2012). "The Jordan Lynch era is off and running at NIU". www.suntimes.com. Sun-Times Media, LLC. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- "NIU PREVAILS IN DOUBLE OVERTIME FOR SECOND STRAIGHT MAC TITLE". niuhuskies.com. Northern Illinois University. November 30, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- "Heisman Trophy 2012: Voting results". www.sportingnews.com. SportingNews.com. December 8, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- "Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch and Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner are Walter Camp Players of the Week". www.waltercamp.org. Walter Camp Foundation. October 20, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- "Three repeat as AP All-Americans". www.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. December 17, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- Adam J. Jahns (May 11, 2014). "Bears sign 9 undrafted rookie free agents, including RB Jordan Lynch, LB Christian Jones". www.suntimes.com. Sun-Times Media, LLC. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- Bears release Lynch, four others
- Jordan Lynch signs with CFL's Edmonton Eskimos
- "Esks sign national Cory Greenwood". www.cfl.ca. CFL. March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
- "Esks Huskie Great Jordan Lynch Returns to NIU". NIUHuskies.com. Northern Illinois Athletics. March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017.