15

Seasons

224

Games

9

Pro Bowls
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"You can talk about the talent this team has all you want but I think it's the mental toughness and the work ethic that sets us apart."

Read John Lynch's Bio

(Stanford)...6'2'', 214...Picked in 3rd round (82nd player overall) by Buccaneers in 1993 ... Earned permanent starting role in fourth pro season ... Voted to first of nine Pro Bowls following 1997 season ... First-team All-Pro three straight seasons (1999-2001) ... Credited with 90 or more tackles in a season nine times ... Career numbers include: 26 interceptions for 204 yards, 13 sacks, and more than 1,000 tackles ... Born September 25, 1971 in Hinsdale, Illinois.

BIO

John Lynch Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Denver Broncos

"You can talk about the talent this team has all you want but I think it's the mental toughness and the work ethic that sets us apart."

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected John Lynch out of Stanford in the third round, 82nd choice overall, of the 1993 NFL Draft. A hard-hitting and smart playmaking safety, Lynch was a vital addition to the Buccaneers defense that soon dominated the NFL.

He worked hard to earn a permanent starting role in 1996, his fourth pro season. Lynch made the most of his opportunity as he racked up more than 100 tackles and tied his career-high with three interceptions. From that point forward, he was the anchor of Tampa Bay’s secondary on a defense that perennially ranked among the NFL’s best.

Lynch was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time following the 1997 season. It was the first of nine Pro Bowls to which he was elected. He earned first-team All-Pro recognition three straight years from 1999 to 2001.

In 2002, he was an integral part of the Buccaneers’ championship season that was capped with the franchise’s first Super Bowl title. Lynch contributed 96 tackles (50 solo), three interceptions, and 12 passes defensed as Tampa Bay finished 12-4. His strong play continued through the postseason when he added five tackles in the divisional playoff, six more tackles in the championship game and registered one tackle and pass defensed in the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl XXXVII victory.

Lynch signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 2004 where he played the final four seasons of his 15-year career.  He helped lead the Broncos to a conference championship game appearance in his second season in Denver. That year he recorded a career-high four sacks, intercepted two passes, forced four fumbles, and racked up 69 tackles. He added three solo tackles, one assist and one pass defensed in the 1995 AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In all, Lynch played in 224 regular season games, recorded 26 interceptions returned for 204 yards, added 13 sacks, and registered more than 1,000 tackles. He was credited with 90 or more tackles in a season nine times during his career.
STATS

John Lynch's Stats

Year Team G Int Yds Avg TD Sacks
1993 Tampa Bay 15 - - 0.0 - 0.0
1994 Tampa Bay 16 - - 0.0 - 0.0
1995 Tampa Bay 9 3 3 1.0 0 0.0
1996 Tampa Bay 16 3 26 8.7 0 1.0
1997 Tampa Bay 16 2 28 14.0 0 0.0
1998 Tampa Bay 15 2 29 14.5 0 2.0
1999 Tampa Bay 16 2 32 16.0 0 0.5
2000 Tampa Bay 16 3 43 14.3 0 1.0
2001 Tampa Bay 16 3 21 7.0 0 1.0
2002 Tampa Bay 15 3 0 0.0 0 0.0
2003 Tampa Bay 14 2 18 9.0 0 0.5
2004 Denver 15 1 2 2.0 0 2.0
2005 Denver 16 2 2 1.0 0 4.0
2006 Denver 16 - - 0.0 - 0.0
2007 Denver 13 - - 0.0 - 1.0
Career Total   224 26 204 7.8 0 13.0
Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 1-40; Kick Returns: 2-90



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

John Lynch's Championship Games

1999 NFC – St. Louis Rams 11, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
Lynch started at free safety. He had three solo tackles

2002 NFC – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
Lynch started at free safety. He had six solo tackles and one pass defensed.

2005 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 34, Denver Broncos 17
Lynch started at free safety. He had three solo tackles, one assisted tackle and one pass defensed.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXXVII – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21
Lynch started at free safety.  He had one assisted tackle and one pass defensed.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

John Lynch's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1999 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2000 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2001 (PFWA) 

All-Pro Second Team: 2001 (AP) ·  2002 (AP)

All-NFC: 1999 (PW)  ·  2000 (PW)  ·  2001 (PW)


Pro Bowls
 

(9) – 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


Team Records

Buccaneers records held by Lynch

(Records through the 2003 season, Lynch’s final season with Tampa Bay)

• [2nd] Most Games, Career – 164

• [3rd] Most Tackles, Career – 973

Postseason Records

[Tied for 1st] Most Games, Career – 9

League/Team Statistical Titles

Team Statistical Championships   

Sack Titles: 2005


Year-by-Year Team Records

1993       Tampa Bay.............................. 5-11-0    (5th)

1994       Tampa Bay.............................. 6-10-0    (5th)

1995       Tampa Bay................................ 7-9-0    (5th)

1996       Tampa Bay.............................. 6-10-0    (4th)

1997       Tampa Bay............................. 10-6-0    (2nd)

1998       Tampa Bay................................ 8-8-0    (3rd)

1999       Tampa Bay............................. 11-5-0    (1st)

2000       Tampa Bay............................. 10-6-0    (2nd)

2001       Tampa Bay............................... 9-7-0    (3rd)

2002       Tampa Bay............................. 12-4-0    (1st)

2003       Tampa Bay................................ 7-9-0    (3rd)

2004       Denver.................................... 10-6-0    (2nd)

2005       Denver.................................... 13-3-0    (1st)

2006       Denver....................................... 9-7-0    (3rd)

2007       Denver....................................... 7-9-0    (2nd)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

John Lynch's Career Capsule

Full Name: John Terrence Lynch

Birthdate: September 25, 1971

Birthplace: Hinsdale, Illinois

High School: Torrey Pines (Encinitas, CA)

Pro Career: 15 seasons, 224 games

Drafted: 3rd round (82nd overall) in 1993 by Tampa Bay

 



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