Lynch attended Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, Calif. … In addition to being considered one of the best players in the NFL on the field, Lynch is widely considered one of the top humanitarians around league circles… Among his noted charitable contributions to the cities of Denver, Tampa and San Diego, Lynch and his wife, Linda, formed the John Lynch Foundation in 2000 with a mission to develop quality young leaders through its community programs… Those programs include the “John Lynch Star of the Month,” a student-athlete recognition program; the “Lynch Family Legacy Scholarships,” which provide financial assistance to area high school student-athletes who exemplify excellence in academics, community service and athletics ($221,000 has been awarded to 53 scholarship recipients); the “John Lynch Salutes the Stars” program, a community event in which the area’s brightest student-athletes come together to be honored (in 10 years, this event has inspired more than 5,000 people who have attended); the “Lynch's Christmas Party with the Boys & Girls Clubs,” which makes Christmas wishes come true for 35 underprivileged children by providing more than $250 in Christmas goodies, including gifts, a party, dinner and tickets to a live theater performance at the Denver Center for Performing Arts; and the “John Lynch Celebrity Golf Classic,” which began as a partnership with his brother-in-law and former NFL player, John Allred (the event has raised more than $1 million dollars for the San Diego community and has resulted in a new Boys & Girls Club branch)… Won the Bart Starr Award in 2006 with the award being voted upon by players throughout the NFL and recognizing a player who shows outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community… Also in 2006 was presented with The Byron “Whizzer” White Award, which is given annually to the NFL player who serves his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron Raymond White… Received the Wooden Cup, awarded yearly to one professional and one collegiate athlete who represents the highest standards of character and citizenship both on and off the playing field, after the 2006 season… Named to The Sporting News’ 2003 NFL’s 100 Best Players List and was named one of the “Good Guys in Sports” by The Sporting News several times… Received a Leadership Excellence Award from legendary coach Don Shula after the 2002 season… Was an outstanding pitcher (95 mph fastball) and promising Major League Baseball prospect who was selected in the second round (66th overall) of the 1992 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins… Threw out the first pitch in the history of the Marlins’ organization (his hat from that occasion resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame)… His father, John, played linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers… Enjoyed several experiences in the sports broadcasting profession, including serving as a reporter for NFL Network at Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla., and working as a studio analyst for ESPN’s ‘NFL Countdown’ in 1999… He and his wife, Linda, have four children: Son, Jake, and daughters, Lindsay, Lillian and Leah Rose… Linda played tennis at USC and was on the professional tour for two years… Majored in communications at Stanford … John Terrence Lynch was born on Sept. 25, 1971, in Hinsdale, Ill.
John Lynch was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Aug. 15, 2008 … Originally selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft … Signed by Tampa Bay (7/8/93) … Placed on injured reserve (knee) by Tampa Bay (12/12/95) … Released by Tampa Bay (3/16/04) … Signed by Denver (3/23/04) … Released by Denver (7/31/08).
- A 16th-year safety who is one of the most decorated players in NFL history as evidenced by nine Pro Bowl selections, including four consecutive trips to Hawaii from 1999-2002 and 2004-07, along with four Associated Press All-Pro recognitions, including two first-team selections from 1999-2000.
- Ranks second in NFL history in Pro Bowl selections (9) at the safety position, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10) in that category, and is the leader among active defensive backs (T-2nd overall) in all-star nominations.
- Spent the first 11 years of his NFL career with Tampa Bay before joining the Broncos as a free agent in 2004, concluding his Buccaneers career ranked third on the their all-time tackles list (973), tied for fourth in interceptions (23) and second in games played (164).
- Owns nine seasons with at least 90 tackles and is fourth in tackles (1,057) by NFL defensive backs since entering the league in 1993.
- Leads all active NFL defensive backs and is third among all current players with 191 career starts in the regular season.
- Placed fourth on the Broncos with 97 tackles (64 solo) in 2006, marking his highest tackle total since 2001, and started all 16 games for the sixth time in his career that season.
- Posted at least one interception in 11 consecutive seasons from 1995-2005, a streak that was the longest among NFL safeties and the second longest among all players at that time.
- Helped Denver reach the AFC Championship Game in 2005, marking his third career conference championship game appearance and 12th career playoff start.
- Served as a key leader of the 2002 Buccaneers, helping the club to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII against the Raiders in a game played in his hometown of San Diego.
- Regarded as one of the most celebrated players in Buccaneers history who led a talented secondary that had a top-10 NFL ranking against the pass in seven of eight years from 1996-2003.
- Had 154 tackles in 1997, marking a career high and the most ever by a Tampa Bay defensive back, while recording nine games with 10 or more tackles that year.
- Extremely active in the community through the John Lynch Foundation and in 2006 received the Bart Starr Award and Byron "Whizzer" White Award honoring his off-the-field efforts.
- Received first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a senior at Stanford University.
2007: Lynch played 13 games (12 starts) for Denver, ranking fifth on the team with 62 tackles (48 solo) while adding one sack (11 yds.) and three pass breakups … Selected to play in the Pro Bowl as an alternate after an injury to the Colts’ Bob Sanders, increasing his career Pro Bowl total to nine to mark the second-most selections at the safety position in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston has 10) … Also went to the Pro Bowl for the fourth year in a row (all with Denver) to move into third in Pro Bowl selections (4) by a Broncos safety … Contributed three tackles and one sack (11 yds.) in the opener at Buf. (9/9) … Posted a pair of solo tackles before leaving with a groin injury in the second quarter vs. Jac. (9/23), which was his 50th game as a Bronco … Declared inactive at Ind. (9/30) with the groin injury … Returned to the lineup and contributed six tackles (5 solo) vs. S.D. (10/7) … Added a pair of solo tackles before leaving in the first quarter vs. G.B. (10/29) with a neck injury that forced him to be declared inactive at Det. (11/4) and at K.C. (11/11) … Led the secondary with six tackles (5 solo) at Oak. (12/2) … Added six stops (4 solo) and one pass defensed at Hou. (12/13), entering the game as a reserve for the first time in his Denver career … Led the club with nine tackles (6 solo) vs. Min. (12/30).
2006: Lynch earned his eighth career trip to the Pro Bowl and third as a member of the Broncos, starting all 16 games for the sixth time in his career and second year in a row … Received the NFL’s Bart Starr Award and Byron “Whizzer” White Award for his off-the-field leadership and community efforts … Ranked fourth on the Broncos with 97 tackles (64 solo) while adding five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … Recorded nine tackles (6 solo) and one fumble recovery in the home opener vs. K.C. (9/17) … Added three tackles and a pass breakup at N.E. (9/24) … The team allowed its first touchdown of the season to the Patriots, snapping a streak of 175:57 of keeping opponents out of the end zone … The 11-quarter streak tied for the longest (Chicago Cardinals, 1942) in the NFL since 1940 … Posted five solo tackles and two passes defensed on Sunday Night Football vs. Oak. (10/15) in his 200th Pro Bowl game … Forced a fumble at Pit. (11/5) that was recovered in the end zone by teammate Curome Cox but was forced from the game with a concussion suffered on that play … Led the club with 10 tackles (5 solo) at S.D. (12/10) … Added eight tackles (6 solo) and one forced fumble vs. Cin. (12/24).
2005: Lynch earned his seventh career trip to the Pro Bowl—second as a member of the Broncos—after placing fifth on the club with 69 tackles (47 solo) in 16 regular-season starts … Earned the team nomination for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his work in the community … Tied for the Broncos’ lead with four sacks (41 yds.), ranking second among the league’s defensive backs in that category and becoming the first safety in team history with at least a share of the Broncos’ season sack lead … Also tied for the team lead with a career-high four forced fumbles while contributing two interceptions (2 yds.) and eight passes defensed … Helped the Broncos rank second in the league against the run (85.2 ypg.) and tie for third in scoring defense (16.1 ppg.) … Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17 (at S.D. 12/31) … Started both playoff contests for Denver to increase his career postseason starts total to 12 games … Recorded five tackles (4 solo) and two passes defensed, including an interception, in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. N.E. (1/14) to help end the Patriots’ NFL-record 10-game postseason winning streak … Made seven tackles and had a 12-yard sack in the home opener vs. S.D. (9/18) … Intercepted a pass vs. Phi. (10/30) and vs. NYJ (11/20) … Led the club with seven tackles while adding a sack (17 yds.) and a forced fumble vs. Oak. (12/24) … Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the regular-season finale at S.D. (12/31) when he recorded seven tackles (5 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles in a return to his hometown … First sack against the Chargers forced a fumble that was recovered at the Chargers’ 1-yard line to set up a Denver touchdown … Second sack resulted in a fumble that was recovered by San Diego in the end zone for a safety.
2004: Lynch, in his first year with the Broncos, placed sixth on the club with 76 tackles (56 solo) in 15 games (15 starts) to earn his sixth career trip to the Pro Bowl … Also notched 10 pass breakups, one interception (2 yds.), two sacks (17 yds.) and a career-high three forced fumbles … Played with a cast on his left hand to protect a broken thumb at Ind. (1/9) in an AFC Wild Card Game and finished that contest with four tackles (3 solo) … Made his Broncos debut vs. K.C. (9/12) and had six tackles (5 solo) to lead Denver defensive backs in that category while also breaking up a pass … Recorded a game-high eight tackles (5 solo) at Jac. (9/19) and played special teams for the first time in two years, making a tackle on a third-quarter kickoff … Made an emotional return at T.B. (10/3), where he played his first 11 NFL seasons, and turned in an exceptional game against his former teammates with seven tackles (6 solo) and a team-high two pass breakups … Received a standing ovation from Buccaneers fans when his name was announced during starting introductions … Went above 1,000 tackles for his career with six stops (5 solo) along with one forced fumble at Oak. (10/17) … Intercepted his first pass as a Bronco on the goal line vs. Oak. (11/28) to prevent a score … Forced two fumbles in an eight-tackle, one-sack effort at S.D. (12/5) … Recorded his second consecutive game with a sack vs. Mia. (12/12) … Tallied four tackles and two pass breakups vs. Ind. (1/2) despite suffering a broken left thumb early in the contest.
2003: Lynch, in his final season with Tampa Bay, started 14 games at strong safety (missing games vs. Dal. 10/26 and vs. N.O. 11/2) and was the team’s finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award … Finished the year ranked fourth on the club with 95 tackles (60 solo) and tied for second on the Buccaneers with two interceptions (18 yds.) while also posting seven passes defensed and half a sack (5 yds.) … Helped the defense rank fifth in the NFL, marking the seventh consecutive year that the Buccaneers’ defense finished among the NFL’s top 10 … Led a pass defense that was third in the league, marking the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Tampa Bay’s defense finished among the league’s 10 best clubs in that statistic … Posted three tackles and half a sack (5 yds.) while tying for the team high with two passes defensed in helping Tampa Bay post its third shutout in the last 16 regular season-games in the season opener at Phi. (9/8) on Monday Night Football … Led the secondary with 13 tackles vs. Car. (9/14) and recorded his first interception of the season the next week at Atl. (9/21) … Recorded 11 tackles vs. Ind. (10/6) to surpass the 900 career tackle mark … Ended the game at S.F. (10/19) with nine tackles despite missing significant action with a right shoulder stinger that forced him to be inactive the next two weeks … Made his second interception of the year vs. NYG (11/24) … Had five tackles at N.O. (12/7) despite missing a portion of the game with a right shoulder stinger suffered in the first half.
2002: Lynch, who was named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and Football Digest, was selected as a Pro Bowl starter for the third time in the last four years with Tampa Bay … Raised his career tackle total to 878, moving him into third place in Buccaneers history, with 96 tackles (50 solo) … Added three interceptions and 12 passes defensed in 15 games (15 starts) … Also was a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award … Made five stops in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. S.F. (1/12) and had six tackles and a pass defensed at Phi. (1/19) in the NFC Championship Game … Had a tackle and a pass defensed in Super Bowl XXXVII vs. Oak. (1/26), helping the Buccaneers win their first-ever World Championship in a game played in his hometown of San Diego … Recorded seven stops, which put him over 800 tackles for his career, at Cin. (9/29) … Posted his third career multiple-interception game at Car. (10/27) … Played in his 147th career game (moving into third on Tampa Bay’s all-time list) at N.O. (12/1) … Started vs. Atl. (12/8) but left the game late in the first quarter with a neck strain, which kept him out for the remainder of the contest … Was inactive the next week at Det. (12/15) to end his streak of 67 consecutive regular-season starts.
2001: Lynch, who started all 16 regular-season games as well as the Buccaneers’ NFC Wild Card Game, was named to his fourth Pro Bowl and was selected to both College & Pro Football Newsweekly and Pro Football Weekly’s All-NFL Teams … Chosen to the Associated Press All-Pro second team and was selected by the Buccaneers as their recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award … Finished the regular season with 105 tackles (70 solo), one sack (0 yds.), three interceptions (21 yds.), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and eight passes defensed … Ranked third on Tampa Bay (first among defensive backs) in tackles and tied for fifth on the club in pass breakups … Made five tackles in an NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Phi. (1/12) … Recorded a game-clinching interception in the season opener at Dal. (9/9) … Had nine tackles and one pass defensed at Min. (9/30) despite cramping in the second half … Posted a team-high 12 tackles at Ten. (10/14) … Made nine tackles and his first sack of the season vs. Pit. (10/21) … Moved into fourth place on the Buccaneers’ all-time tackles list with five stops vs. Chi. (11/18) … Helped seal the victory at Cin. (12/2) by forcing and recovering a fumble in overtime … Made five tackles and handled kickoff duties on the final two kickoffs (40 and 50 yds.) vs. N.O. (12/23) after Martin Gramatica suffered a right hamstring strain … Intercepted a pass in the regular-season finale vs. Phi. (1/6).
2000: Lynch, who started all 16 regular-season games and the Buccaneers’ NFC Wild Card Game, ranked second on the squad and first in the secondary with 110 tackles (66 solo) despite playing the final five regular-season games with a dislocated left shoulder … Added three interceptions (43 yds.), two fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed and one sack (3 yds.) … Selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and third in the last four years while also earning first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly, College and Pro Football Newsweekly, Football Digest and The Sporting News … Named Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni and was selected as the recipient of the NFLPA’s Unsung Hero Award … Led the club with 13 tackles and added one pass defensed in the Buccaneers’ NFC Wild Card Game at Phi. (12/31) … Recovered a fumble in a seven-tackle effort at N.E. (9/3) in the season opener … Had his first interception of the year at Det. (9/17) … Posted a season-high 11 tackles and recovered a fumble at Min. (10/29) … Led the team in tackles with nine vs. G.B. (11/12) before leaving the game with a left thigh bruise in the fourth quarter … Forced out in the first quarter at Chi. (11/19) due to a dislocated left shoulder … Intercepted a pass at G.B. (12/24).
1999: Lynch started all 16 regular-season games and paced Tampa Bay’s secondary with 128 tackles (68 solo) while adding two interceptions (32 yds.), one forced fumble and a career-best 14 passes defensed … Earned first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly, USA Today, The Sporting News and Football Digest … Posted seven tackles and two passes defensed while contributing a key interception of Brad Johnson in the third quarter to set up a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s NFC Divisional Playoff Game win vs. Was. (1/15) … Collected nine tackles in the NFC Championship Game at Stl. (1/23) and helped the secondary limit the Rams’ top-ranked offense to just 11 points (22 under its season average) … Posted six tackles and an interception at Phi. (9/19) … Collected seven stops and half a sack vs. Den. (9/26) … Racked up a season-high 13 tackles and and forced a fumble vs. K.C. (11/14) … Had 10 tackles and one interception vs. Det. (12/12).
1998: Lynch started 15 games at strong safety for Tampa Bay and missed just one game (vs. Ten. 11/8) due to a neck injury … Registered 107 tackles (55 solo), six passes defensed, two interceptions (29 yds.), two sacks (26 yds.), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … Led the Bucs’ secondary and placed second on the club in tackles … Was a key member of a defensive backfield that placed second in the NFL against the pass (172.6 ypg.) … Tallied seven stops and recovered a fourth-quarter fumble vs. Chi. (9/20) … Consecutive start streak ended at 38 games after he sustained a neck injury vs. Min. (11/1), and he was inactive the following week vs. Ten. (11/8) … Had his finest day of the season vs. Pit. (12/13), becoming the first Buccaneer to have two interceptions in a game since Martin Mayhew (Dec. 3, 1995) … Paced the club with the first two-sack performance of his career and added nine tackles along with one forced fumble at Was. (12/19).
1997: Lynch, for the first time in his career, started all 16 games along with two playoff contests … Finished third on Tampa Bay in tackles (154: 75 solo) and had 12 tackles and three passes defensed in postseason play … 154 tackles marked his career best and the most ever recorded by a Bucs defensive back … Had nine games with 10 or more tackles … Notched three tackles and broke up two Brett Favre passes before leaving Tampa Bay’s NFC Divisional Playoff Game at G.B. (1/4) in the third quarter with a knee sprain … Led the Bucs with 13 tackles and had one interception vs. Ari. (9/28) … Posted one interception, 12 tackles and one forced fumble vs. G.B. (12/7).
1996: Lynch, by the third game of the season, moved into the starting lineup for Tampa Bay when he replaced Todd Scott after he suffered a season-ending injury … Made the most of his opportunity by leading all Buccaneers defensive backs in tackles with 103 (74 solo) while matching a personal best with three interceptions (set in 1995) in 16 games (14 starts) … Added a sack (5 yds.), four tackles-for-losses, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine passes defensed along the way … Made his first start of the season at Den. (9/15) and turned in five tackles … Ran 40 yards on a direct-snap fake punt that set up a touchdown vs. Sea. (9/22) … Recorded his first career sack and added five solo tackles at Ari. (10/20) before posting an interception to go along with three passes defensed at G.B. (10/27) … Set up the Buccaneers’ game-winning touchdown at S.D. (11/17) by posting his second interception of the season and returning it 25 yards … Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after posting five tackles, an interception, a pass breakup, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble vs. N.O. (11/24).
1995: Lynch, despite being slowed by various injuries, enjoyed a solid season and appeared in nine games (6 starts) for Tampa Bay at strong safety … Ranked ninth on the team with 47 tackles (37 solo) while placing second on the club with three interceptions (3 yds.) … Placed on injured reserve on Dec. 12 with a knee injury that forced him to miss the club’s final two games … Made his first career interception off a Jeff Blake pass vs. Cin. (10/8) … Had his finest game of the season in a 20-17 overtime victory vs. Min. (10/15), recording 11 tackles and two interceptions … Re-injured a knee vs. G.B. (11/26), and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 12 … Missed the final two games of the season.
1994: Lynch played all 16 regular-season games (0 starts) as a reserve safety and special teamer for Tampa Bay, ending the year with 15 tackles (11 solo) while ranking second on the club with eight special-teams stops … Posted a season-best four solo tackles and a special-teams stop at Det. (11/13) … Returned a blocked field goal 27 yards to set up the game-winning score vs. the L.A. Rams (12/11).
1993: Selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft, Lynch played 15 games (4 starts) during his first professional season … Finished with 13 tackles on defense, two passes defensed and one forced fumble while adding six stops on special teams … Had two tackles in his first NFL game vs. K.C. (9/5) … Started at linebacker and had four tackles and two pass breakups vs. Det. (10/3) … Started back-to-back games at strong safety vs. S.F. (11/14) and vs. Min. (11/21), posting a season-best seven tackles against the 49ers.
Lynch played four seasons at Stanford University, beginning his career at quarterback before switching to safety for his final two seasons … Also played three years of baseball for the Cardinal as an outfielder and pitcher … Had 95 tackles (50 solo), four interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack as a defensive back … Named a second-team All-American by Football News and first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference as a senior … Earned a spot in the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl after leading Stanford with 76 tackles (37 solo) to go along with four interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles as a senior.