John Lynch

NFL Analyst

Nine-time Pro-Bowl safety John Lynch played 15 seasons in the NFL. Lynch joined the NFL on FOX as a full-time game analyst in 2009 (he called two games for the network in 2008) and currently occupies the booth alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt.

OVERVIEW

Nine-time Pro-Bowl safety John Lynch played 15 seasons in the NFL.  Lynch joined the NFL on FOX as a full-time game analyst in 2009 (he called two games for the network in 2008) and currently occupies the booth alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt.

FIERCE DEFENSIVE BACK

Well known as one of the hardest hitters during his time in the NFL, Lynch was also one of the toughest defensive players ever to step foot on the football field.  In NFL Films’ production of “Top 10 Most Feared Tacklers,” Lynch was ranked at No. 10 on a list that included such NFL legends as Dick Butkus, Lawrence Taylor and Jack Lambert.     

NFL CAREER

Lynch made his initial mark in Tampa Bay where he played his first 11 seasons in the NFL for the Buccaneers, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl (1997, 1999-2002).  In 2000 Lynch led the Buccaneers franchise to its first Super Bowl victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.  In 2004, Lynch signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos. A known leader, he was named defensive co-captain and registered four more Pro Bowl selections with the team (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007).

HE CAN THROW TOO

A third round pick out of Stanford in 1993, Lynch was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference as a senior. Lynch began his college career as a quarterback and his athletic abilities weren’t just limited to the gridiron. A star outfielder and pitcher for the Cardinals, Lynch was drafted as a pitcher by the Florida Marlins in 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. His jersey is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

OFF THE FIELD

Lauded for his off-the-field work, Lynch was a finalist for the 2002 and 2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year awards, an award that honors a player's volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field.

PERSONAL

He resides in Denver, Colo., with his wife Linda their daughters Lindsay, Lillian and Leah Rose, and son Jake.