The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that former strong safety John Lynch will be the color analyst for three of the Bucs preseasons games. Lynch joins play-by-play man Chris Myers in the TV booth.
Lynch, who retired from football last year and will be working as an NFL analyst for Fox this year, will contribute to the Bucs games at Tennessee (Aug. 15), at Jacksonville (Aug. 22) and versus Houston (Sept. 4). The Bucs' preseason game versus Miami on Thursday, Aug. 27, will be a nationally-televised contest on Fox.
"I was blessed to play in the National Football League for 15 years," said Lynch via press release. "During that time, I took great pride in playing the game of football with the utmost passion. I look forward to bringing that same passion into the broadcast booth and communicating my love for the game to the viewers.
"I am excited to begin this new chapter of my career in Tampa, the city where my playing career began. It is a community that has been so meaningful and supportive to me and my family throughout the years and I look forward to connecting to the great Buccaneer fans once again. I am excited to work with Chris, and thank WFLA and the Buccaneers for this opportunity."
Lynch played 11 seasons for the Buccaneers after being a third-round selection by the Bucs in the 1993 NFL Draft. He was a key member in the turn around of the franchise, and was part of Tampa Bay's 2002 Super Bowl Championship team. In his career Lynch was known as one of the hardest hitting safeties in the NFL.
He currently ranks fifth all-time in franchise history with 973 tackles and finished his career with 13 sacks, 100 passes defensed, and 26 interceptions.
The Bucs released Lynch during the 2004 offseason due to salary cap challenges, and concerns regarding his surgically repaired neck. Lynch eventually signed with Denver, where he played from 2003-07 before being released during the 2008 offseason. Lynch signed briefly with the New England Patriots but was released by them before the season started.