John Lynch Still A Proud Bucs Alumnus

April 20th, 2011

Joe can’t fathom there is a Bucs fan who doesn’t like John Lynch. Smart, articulate, funny, kind. Lynch could have been the ultimate snob.

Lynch, the bone-crunching former Pro Bowl safety with the glory years of the Bucs, came from a privileged family in Southern California and pitched in the Marlins farm system before being drafted by the Bucs out of Stanford.

But Lynch acted anything but a blueblood. He embraced the Tampa Bay community as if it was his hometown and often participated in charity functions that would help out the area and the less fortunate.

It was not uncommon to see Lynch at a local Friday night high school football game, as if he had a connection to a local high school, sitting amidst the commoners in the bleachers.

So next week at the draft, the NFL is trying to organize an alumni showing of sorts for the second round. In the past, the NFL often had former 49ers receiver Gene Washington, now an NFL executive, read the names of the draftees following the first round.

This year, the NFL plans to have an alumnus of each NFL team read the cue card and welcome the newest member to their old team.

The league allowed teams the first option of who should represent them. The Bucs scored a touchdown. They chose Lynch.

If all goes right, Bucs fans will learn who the team’s second round draft pick is when Lynch steps to the podium Friday night.

Makes Joe all warm and fuzzy inside to learn this.

13 Responses to “John Lynch Still A Proud Bucs Alumnus”

  1. ScottB Says:

    Where’s southern Califorani and…It was no uncommon

    A little proof reading Joe

  2. gitarlvr Says:

    Hey shut your mouth ScottB. I was born in Califorani too.!!!

  3. Chris FWC :) Says:

    My fav Lynch hit was when he lit-up his brother-in-law, a TE for the Bears.


    John Lynch spoke to my high school football team in 1998 before our first-round playoff game. Something I’ll never forget. John Lynch is everything that’s right with football. Wish people/media would shift some focus to guys like Lynch, Brooks & Barber. I’m sure there’s many more on other teams that we never get to hear about.

  5. WeNeedDefense Says:

    John Lynch deserves to be the Alumni rep more than any other Buc player.

    Mark Dom also deserved that contract extension more than any other person in the Buc’s organization.

    All is perfect in the world today. 🙂

  6. Pewter Plank Says:

    I will never forget the mob-scene at Raymond James when the Bucs returned with the Lombardi trophy. After the festivities at Raymond James, out on Dale Mabry Bucs fans mobbed the truck holding Mike Alstott, Joe Jurevicius and John Lynch, and rather than try and push through and get back to their families all three stopped and signed every autograph request they received until well into the morning for the ravenous Bucs fans. Amazing memory.

  7. derek Says:

    lynch was great and its good seeing him do the bucs preseason games as well as the nfl on fox

  8. RastaMon Says:

    Lynch did not just “pitch in the Marlins” farm system…..HE threw the first pitch !… franchise history…that and KO’n his brother in law game day in the NFL ranks second…..third and probably first the guy never returned an INT for a TD…but in Dungy’s last year he caught an INT returned back to mid field in front of the BUCS bench and slammed the ball @ coaches feet!…..

  9. Miz Says:

    Damn, I love me some John Lynch.

  10. Gary Says:

    So the Bucs chose him… I guess he has said yes?

    Also, if he is only presenting the 2nd round pick, are there going to be 6 other players presenting the other rouunds?

  11. Weneeddefense Says:

    Lynch is one of the few ex-Bucs that can read… so it stays his job.

  12. Joe Says:


    Joe was told this was for the second round only; all teams.

  13. Patrick Says:

    The Bucs may have picked up some new marketing brains .Alot of good ideas lately