John Lynch
Lynch at the 2007 Pro Bowl
No. 47     
Strong Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-09-25) September 25, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth: Hinsdale, Illinois
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Debuted in 1993 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 2007 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 1993 2003)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* 9× Pro Bowl (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Tackles     1,058
Quarterback sacks     13.0
Interceptions     26
Stats at
Stats at

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.[1] 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.

Early yearsEdit

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 also played baseball and basketball.

College careerEdit

Lynch starred in baseball and football at Stanford University. While there he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.[2]

Baseball careerEdit

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 the Oct 31 broadcast of the Oakland Raiders versus Seattle Seahawks, which Lynch acts as a broadcaster for.

Football careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

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. He earned his title as "Grade A Hardo" during his early tenure with the Bucs under John Gruden.

In 2002, Lynch collected a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in San Diego. He was the first player to wear a microphone in the Super Bowl.

Lynch was released by the Buccaneers following the 2003 season for salary cap reasons.[3]

Denver BroncosEdit

Lynch signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos prior to the 2004 season, despite being courted by the New England Patriots.[4]

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.[5] Lynch said in a news conference that his lack of playing time heading into this season was a reason for his departure.[6]

New England PatriotsEdit

Lynch visited with the New England Patriots on August 13, 2008,[7] then agreed to a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million.[8] However, on September 1, 2008, Lynch was released from the team.[9]


On November 17, 2008, while in Tampa, Lynch officially announced his retirement from football and six days later he joined NFL on Fox in the broadcasting booth as a color commentator. He 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 Dick Stockton.


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.[10][11]


  1. Mayer, Larry. "Lynch didn't quite send message he intended". 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."
  2. The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 4, p. 26,
  3. "Lynch's 11-year run in Tampa ends". March 12, 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  4. Reiss, Mike (August 14, 2008). "Patriots sign Lynch". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  5. Williamson, Bill (July 31, 2008). "Lynch leaves Broncos, weighs options on and off field". Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  6. "Broncos make it official, release John Lynch". K-USA NBC. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  7. Reiss, Mike (August 13, 2008). "Patriots hosting John Lynch". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  8. "Lynch getting acclimated to life with Patriots". August 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  9. "Patriots cut Lynch, Jackson; add six to practice squad". September 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  10. Lynch, John (November 24, 2011). "Ravens must make QB beat them". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  11. "Top Ten Most Feared Tacklers: #10 John Lynch". jaw1987cchs. January 14, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-26.

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