John Lynch is an American football executive and former strong safety who is the current general manager of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). 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 four seasons with the Denver Broncos before retiring in 2008. After the end of his playing career, Lynch worked in the broadcasting booth as a color commentator for NFL on Fox games, and remained doing so until his hiring as the general manager of the 49ers in 2017.
Lynch was born in Hinsdale, Illinois. He attended Torrey Pines High School in the Carmel Valley/Del Mar area of San Diego, California. There he played football, baseball and basketball.
Lynch starred in baseball and football at Stanford University. He played football under head coach Dennis Green and played his senior season under Bill Walsh. Lynch began his football career at Stanford as a backup quarterback, but transitioned to safety before his junior season. Lynch planned on pursuing baseball after he was drafted by the Florida Marlins. And head coach Dennis Green accepted the head coaching position with the Minnesota Vikings in 1992.
He threw the first pitch in the organization’s history as a member of the Erie Sailors; thus, his jersey with the Sailors is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played two seasons in the minor leagues with the Sailors and the Kane County Cougars, starting nine games and going 1–3 with a 2.35 earned run average.
Lynch tied a knot to Linda Allred, the older sister of his close friend and former NFL tight end John Allred. Furthermore, he and Allred had a run-in during a 1997 NFL game. That resulted in Allred almost getting knocked out from a hit. Moreover, his father, John Lynch Sr., is a retired radio executive in San Diego. Likewise, a founder of the sports talk station XEPRS-AM 1090. His son Jake Lynch currently plays football at Stanford.
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