Biography: John Lynch, S

John Lynch
Denver Broncos safety John Lynch celebrates an interception against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their AFC divisional playoff game at Invesco Field at Mile High , Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. Denver beat New England, 27-13, to advance to the AFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
John Lynch played four seasons (2004-07) with the Broncos and was named to the Pro Bowl in each season he played for the franchise.

He joins safety Steve Atwater (7), tight end Shannon Sharpe (7), cornerback Champ Bailey (4), center Tom Nalen (4) and defensive lineman Trevor Pryce (4) as the only players in team history to make four consecutive Pro Bowls (he shares with Bailey the distinction of being the only two players in Broncos history to make the Pro Bowl in each of their first four years with the club).

A finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in each of the last three years, Lynch was selected to nine total Pro Bowls (4 with Denver; 5 with Tampa Bay), trailing only Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10) among safeties in league history. Lynch helped Denver’s defense rank No. 8 overall in total defense from 2004-07 while producing 304 tackles (215 solo), seven sacks, three interceptions, 26 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He joined Brian Dawkins as the only NFL safeties during that span to post seven sacks and nine forced fumbles.

After setting a career high with 10 passes defensed in his first year with the Broncos in 2004, Lynch established personal bests with four sacks and four forced fumbles in 2005 to become the first safety since Rod Woodson in 1992 to reach those totals in a single season. Denver’s defense in 2005 allowed the fewest points per game (16.1) by the franchise in 14 years, helping the team to a 13-3 record and an AFC West Division title.

Lynch came to the Broncos after 11 seasons in Tampa Bay, where he was a four-time Associated Press All-Pro selection (1999-2002) and helped the franchise to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. He will be inducted into the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor this year.

Lynch was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft from Stanford University, where he received first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a senior. He attended Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, Calif., and was born on Sept. 25, 1971.