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Catching Up With Fox NFL Color Commentator John Lynch

Lynch Beginning His Third
Season As Broadcaster

Pro football has been a way of life for Fox’ John Lynch for the better part of two decades. He started his pro career with the Buccaneers in '93 and won a Super Bowl ring in ’02. After stints with the Broncos and Patriots, the hard-hitting safety joined Fox as an NFL analyst. Lynch, who Sunday begins his third season behind the mic, spoke with staff writer Theresa Manahan about his warm-up routine, game analysts he admires and his favorite part of the job.

Daily Must-reads: FoxSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com, TheRedZone.org, Wall Street Journal
Favorite NFL stadium: Raymond James Stadium, Invesco Field
Favorite restaurant on the road: Commander’s Palace in New Orleans
Book you're currently reading: “Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World” by Jill Rigby. We have four kids: one boy and three girls.
First sports jersey you ever owned: O.J. Simpson’s
How many times a day you practice in the mirror: I actually do some vocal exercises each day that are in front of the mirror. There is about a 7-minute vocal workout I do each day.
Gadget you couldn't live without: My iPhone

Q: What does game day entail for you?

Lynch: Wake up, get a quick workout. Usually fairly early if you have an early game, so I’m an early riser and up at 5:30am. Get to my boards, which are what I take with me into the booth, and just finalize any last thoughts that I might have going into the game. Go over my live open that we do one more time. Then we typically meet down in the lobby and get over to the stadium about three-and-a-half hours before the game. We get down on the field, talk to some of the players and coaches one last time. Then it is showtime. You go practice your opens, go over anything you have to with the producers, then you put on a broadcast. Then hopefully get on a plane and get home that evening.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

Lynch: Sharing my passion for the game that I love and got to play for most of my life with people.

Q: Who are some game analysts you admire?

Lynch: Troy Aikman. Coach Jon Gruden is off to a great start.

Q: Which current NFL athlete has a successful broadcasting career ahead of him?

Lynch: Peyton Manning, if he chooses to do it, would be excellent. He is incredibly funny, incredibly bright and communicates well with people, and is the face of the NFL in a lot of respects. I think he would be tremendous.

Q: As the first player to wear a live mic in the Super Bowl, what other technological advancements would you like to see incorporated into the game?

Lynch: Down by the end zone, maybe a chip in the ball. Phil Simms has talked about that for years. A chip in the ball to say whether the ball broke the plane or not. I’m kind of old school, so part of me says that is ridiculous, and part of me says this is big business. Those officials do the best job they can, but you can’t always see everything. They are blocked out by people, and you want to get it right. I think that is something we will see in the future.

Q: You were drafted as a pitcher for the Marlins in ’92 and threw out the first pitch in the organization’s history as a member of the Erie Sailors. Your jersey, ball and hat now hang in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Which is more special to you: your Super Bowl ring or that jersey?

Lynch: The Super Bowl ring. The baseball, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. It was special. But the Super Bowl ring I worked a long time for that. It was very sweet.

Q: Where is your Super Bowl ring now?

Lynch: (Laughing) I can’t tell you. It is in my house in a very safe place.

Q: What sports business story are you closely following right now?

Lynch: The collective bargaining agreement and where that is going to go in the next year. I think that is one that anybody associated with the NFL is following.

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