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John Lynch, Denver Broncos
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(2004-07). John Lynch. 8. player. 45. . FS

John Elway isn’t the only “John” in Broncos history to play college ball at Stanford with a background in baseball.

John Lynch threw the first pitch in the history of the Florida Marlins organization, and that ball is in the baseball Hall of Fame.

I bet you didn’t know that, did you?

Lynch put together a Pro Football Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and came to Denver at the age of 33.

Lynch brought his hard-hitting mentality to Denver, where he earned four trips to the Pro Bowl. He helped re-establish a defensive identity in Denver along with cornerback Champ Bailey and a number of others. The Broncos had their best defense of the 2000s during Lynch’s time with the team.

He finished his four seasons in Denver with 267 tackles in 60 games, and added nine forced fumbles, three interceptions and seven sacks.

Lynch was a rare breed at the safety position and a tone-setter even into his late 30s.