S John Lynch had 23 interceptions as a Buccaneer and 26 in his NFL career
On Monday afternoon, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great John Lynch will announce his retirement at a press conference held at One Buccaneer Place. That press conference will be carried live on Buccaneers.com, beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Lynch's retirement will bring to a close one of the finest NFL careers of the last two decades. During his 15 seasons in the league, Lynch earned an enormous amount of respect from his peers for his performance on the field, his commitment to his team and his approach to both football and life.
That respect has little to do with the statistics that Lynch compiled, other than wins or losses. Still, he does leave the game with some rather impressive numbers on his resume, as well as a packed trophy case.
There will be much more on John Lynch, his career and his retirement on Buccaneers.com during and after Monday's press conference. For now, though, as Lynch prepares to say farewell to the game, let's take a quick look at how some of those numbers stack up and just how many awards he amassed during his career.
John Lynch By the Numbers
|**1 –**||Players in NFL history that have been to more Pro Bowls as a safety than John Lynch (Ken Houston, 10).|
|2 -||First-Team AP All-Pro Selections (1999, 2000) and Second-Team AP All-Pro Selections (2001-02).|
|3 -||Defensive backs who had more tackles than Lynch (using press box totals) during Lynch's 15 years in the NFL (Lawyer Milloy, Rodney Harrison, Robert Griffith).|
|4 -||Pro Bowl selections in as many seasons as a Bronco.|
|5 -||Rank on the Buccaneers' all-time tackle list, behind only Derrick Brooks, Hardy Nickerson, Shelton Quarles and Ronde Barber.|
|6 -||Rank on the Buccaneers' all-time interceptions list, behind only Ronde Barber, Donnie Abraham, Cedric Brown, Mike Washington and Derrick Brooks.|
|9 -||Total Pro Bowl selections, five as a Buccaneer and four as a Bronco (1997, 1999-2002, 2004-07).|
|11 -||Consecutive seasons (1995-2005) with at least one interception.|
|14 -||Defensive backs drafted before Lynch was selected in 1993.|
|16 -||Career NFL forced fumbles.|
|23 -||Interceptions as a Buccaneer.|
|26 -||Career NFL interceptions.|
|40 -||Length, in yards, of only career carry, on a fake punt against Seattle in 1996.|
|82 -||Overall selection in the 1993 NFL Draft, the 26th pick in the third round.|
|90 -||Total yards produced on two kickoffs against New Orleans in 2001 after K Martin Gramatica was injured.|
|100 -||Career NFL passes defensed.|
|132 -||Career games started as a Buccaneer, sixth-most in team history.|
|154 -||Single-season tackle high, set in 1997.|
|164 -||Career games played as a Buccaneer, fifth-most in team history.|
|973 -||Tackles as a Buccaneer.|
|1,277 -||Career NFL tackles.|
John Lynch's Trophy Case