One of the most respected players to ever play the game of football, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021, John Lynch is in his fifth season as the 49ers’ General Manager following a 15-year playing career and more than eight seasons as an NFL analyst. Following a 13-3 regular season record and a trip to Super Bowl LIV, Lynch was named the 2019 Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America after his third season as the team’s general manager.
John attended Stanford University where he excelled in both football and baseball. On the football field, he earned Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-10 Conference honors as a senior, while playing for Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh. He was later selected in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay. He was a Buccaneers team captain as the squad achieved the crown jewel of team sports, a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII, and has been inducted into the Ring of Honor in both Tampa Bay and Denver.
In addition to his stellar play on the field, John is also a pillar of the community and has won numerous awards for his community service. He and his wife, Linda, formed the John Lynch Foundation, which is committed to inspiring young people to become leaders through scholarship, sport participation and community involvement. John has been a longtime supporter of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) and a fierce advocate for athletes who are differently-abled, providing multiple Exceptional Star of the Year Awards and scholarships to deserving young athletes with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We are proud to announce John Lynch as a 2021 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient.