Monday Nov. 17, 2008
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch has announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the NFL. The hard-hitting defensive back spent 11 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and four more with the Denver Broncos.
He felt so strongly about the relationships he built with both clubs that he decided against stepping down in the colors of either team. However, he returned to Tampa to make the announcement.
Lynch was a third-round draft pick of the Bucs in 1993 and was part of a core group of players that helped transform the franchise from a league laughingstock to a Super Bowl winner. The 37-year-old made five trips to the Pro Bowl as a Buccaneer and four as a Bronco after Tampa Bay released him following the 2003 season.
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