John Lynch is a former American football safety who had a successful career in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played for the team for eleven seasons. During his time with the Buccaneers, Lynch was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the All-Pro team four times. He was also part of the Bucs' 2002 Super Bowl championship team.

After his time with the Buccaneers, Lynch signed with the Denver Broncos in 2004 and played there for four seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was named to the All-Pro team twice during his tenure with the Broncos. Lynch was also part of the Broncos' 2006 AFC Championship team.

In 2008, Lynch retired from the NFL and was inducted into the Buccaneers' Ring of Honor in 2009. He returned to the NFL in 2011 as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers and held that position for nine seasons. Lynch was named NFL Executive of the Year in 2011 and was instrumental in the 49ers' return to prominence.

Throughout his career, Lynch was known for his hard-hitting style of play and his leadership on the field. He was also a respected leader off the field and was a vocal advocate for player safety. Lynch is widely considered one of the best safeties in NFL history and will be remembered as one of the most successful players of his era.