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Chiefs, NFL Community React to Death of Franchise Hall of Famer

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A legendary member of Chiefs Kingdom passed away this week at the age of 76.

Longtime NFL reporter Rick Gosselin was one of the first to announce the July 21 death of James “Jim” Lynch, a “former Notre Dame All-America [linebacker] who became a Pro Bowler with [the Chiefs]’ and was part of the defense that won the franchise’s first Super Bowl.

Gosselin added that he got to know Lynch throughout his years coaching the team, and said he’s “a class on and off the field, [and] understood that there is more to life than just football.”

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KC Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt released a formal statement about the tragic loss on July 22, which read:

His Notre-Dame-Alma is also important posted a tribute on Twitter. “Our condolences go out to the family, friends and teammates of Jim Lynch,” the statement said. “He was an All-America in every way — talented, hard-nosed, and honest.” The last part of the statement was a quote from former coach Ara Parseghian.

Fox 4 KC anchor Harold R. Kuntz also shared a quote from teammate Willie Lanier’s Hall of Fame speech featuring Lynch and fellow linebacker Bobby Bell: “I’m really excited to be the second linebacker of this threesome to get here in front of you because we have a bond , an attitude and a confidence that I think is very rare in almost anything you can do.

Along with Lanier and Bell, “Vintage KCChiefs” listed that Lynch helped build one of the “best LB units ever”.

Arrowhead report Zack Eisen added that Lynch and Lanier “were the first interracial couple [NFL] Roommates in Kansas City.” Eisen concluded, “Let the legend of Jim Lynch rest in peace.”

Emmy-winning reporter Shannon O’Brien also got involved with a personal memory of her “Uncle Jim”.

“Sad day,” she began. “Jim Lynch was a legendary soccer player [and] wonderful man. I was 5 when my parents divorced [and] my father moved away. Jim was one of the men who became a father figure to me [brother] [and] me. Always so loving, made us feel special. Uncle Jim made my life [and] the world a better place.”

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Born in 1945, Lynch was known for his college career at Notre Dame. The National Football Foundation described the early stages of his sporting journey:

“Jim Lynch had a great year in 1966. He was the captain of the Notre-Dame team, a unanimous All-America linebacker, won a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, and received the Maxwell Trophy for the nation’s top player. His coach Ara Parseghian said: “I’m often asked who was the best player I’ve had the chance to coach and Jim Lynch always comes to mind. He was All-America in every way—talented, hard-nosed, and honest.’”

At the NFL level, Lynch played 11 seasons for the Chiefs from 1967 to 1977. Pro Football Reference credits him with 142 starts and 151 appearances. The NFL didn’t record tackle counts at the time, but Lynch recorded an impressive 17 interceptions, 18 sacks and 14 fumble recoveries.

The linebacker participated in two championship campaigns during his career — one as a team captain at Notre Dame in 1966 and the other at the professional level with Kansas City in 1969. Lynch was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of 1990 fame in 1992.

“Jim Lynch had a great year in 1966. He was the captain of the Notre-Dame team, a unanimous All-America linebacker, won a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, and received the Maxwell Trophy for the nation’s top player. His coach Ara Parseghian said: “I’m often asked who was the best player I’ve had the chance to coach and Jim Lynch always comes to mind. He was All-America in every way—talented, hard-nosed, and honest.’”



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