Dick Lynch

American football player (1936–2008)

American football player
Dick Lynch
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Lynch in 1965
No. 25, 22
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born:(1936-04-29)April 29, 1936
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Died:September 24, 2008(2008-09-24) (aged 72)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Career information
College:Notre Dame
NFL draft:1958 / Round: 6 / Pick: 66
Career history
  • Washington Redskins (1958)
  • New York Giants (1959–1966)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:109
Player stats at PFR

Richard Dennis Lynch (April 29, 1936 – September 24, 2008) was an American professional football player who was a defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. He was a one-time Pro Bowler in 1963, when he led the NFL in interceptions.[1] He also led the league in interceptions in 1961.


Lynch was born in Oceanside, New York.[2] He grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey, and attended Phillipsburg Catholic High School.[3]

Lynch played college football at the University of Notre Dame and is in their Hall of Fame.[4] While known as a defensive standout as a professional, in 1957 he scored the only touchdown in Notre Dame's 7–0 win over the University of Oklahoma that ended the Sooners' 47-game winning streak.[5]

Lynch worked as a color commentator for the New York Giants' radio broadcasts from 1967 to 2008.[6] He was paired with several notable play-by-play announcers, including Marty Glickman, Marv Albert, Jim Gordon and Bob Papa.

His son, Richard Lynch (31), was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, where he worked on the 84th floor of Two World Trade Center.[7]

Following his death in 2008, he was inducted as one of the New York Giants' Ring of Honor Inductees. The Ring of Honor is awarded to the franchise's greatest and most influential figures.


Lynch died from leukemia on September 24, 2008, aged 72, at his home in Douglaston, Queens.[8] Lynch was married to Rosalie Lynch for over 47 years. They had six children and eleven grandchildren.

See also

  • Biography portal
  • History of the New York Giants (1925–1978)


  1. ^ "Dick Lynch Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Canavan, Tom via Associated Press. "Dick Lynch, 72, Giants Cornerback Turned Announcer", The New York Sun, September 25, 2008. Accessed September 21, 2015. "A Bound Brook, N.J., native, Lynch attended Phillipsburg Catholic High School in Clinton."
  4. ^ "Notre Dame Athletics | the Fighting Irish".
  5. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-25-dicklynch-obitsep25,0,2683684.story [dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-09-24/sports/17905312_1_dick-lynch-rosey-grier-giant-fan [dead link]
  8. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Dick Lynch, Giants Star Who Became a Broadcaster, Dies at 72", The New York Times, September 24, 2008. Accessed March 4, 2018. "Dick Lynch, who twice led the National Football League in interceptions as a defensive back for the New York Giants and who later spent 40 years as a radio broadcaster for the team, died Wednesday at his home in the Douglaston section of Queens."

External links

  • Story about Dick Lynch
  • Dick Lynch Made the Call
  • 50 Greatest Giants Photo Gallery
  • Dick Lynch passes away
  • Obituary in Newsday
  • Remembering Dick Lynch
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