Lynch gets hometown sendoff

John Lynch heads for Denver's mini-camp today, but before he departed he received a surprise farewell party in Tampa from 700 fans, friends, teammates and celebrities. Read about the Bronco's new safety's send-off in today's reports.

Farewell Salute To Fan Favorite - Tampa Tribune - Katherine Smith
May 6, 2004 - TAMPA - Only John Lynch could get Gen. Tommy Franks and Monsignor Lawrence Higgins on a stage together singing ``Sweet Home Alabama.'' And only Lynch could produce backup singers such as Brad Johnson, Joe Jurevicius, Shelton Quarles and Ronde Barber. The eclectic group gathered Wednesday evening outside the St. Pete Times Forum, along with approximately 400 fans, to say goodbye to Lynch with a surprise party.

Finally, a heartfelt 'bye to No. 47 - St. Petersburg Times - Rick Stroud
May 6, 2004 - TAMPA - In the end, it was a little like he had always imagined it. Surrounded by family and friends, he would hear one more thunderous ovation from Buccaneers fans, fall into the arms of his teammates, and swap stories of tears and triumphs. He would walk outside the arena, arm-and-arm with his wife and children, still wearing his No. 47 jersey and a 500-kilowatt smile. It was the only way for John Lynch to leave his team and his adoptive hometown.

Tampa gives Lynch send-off - Rocky Mountain News - Roger Mills
May 6, 2004 - TAMPA, Fla. - Veteran safety John Lynch was very suspicious that his wife Linda was planning something. She kept him away from televisions and newspapers, shooed him out of rooms where people were talking, wouldn't let him listen to too much radio. The new Denver Broncos safety, who came over from Tampa Bay this off-season after 11 years with the Buccaneers, was sure something was up. Clearly, his instincts still work.

Elway Through the Years: 1985 - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - On the heels of their 13-3 season the year before, the Denver Broncos entered the 1985 campaign with high hopes. Despite their early exit from the playoffs the year before, there were still many reasons for this optimism; not the least of which was the fact that the team had a budding star under center, quarterback John Elway.

Ahmaad Galloway's NFL Europe Journal: Week Six - DenverBroncos.com
Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - I'm definitely happy after finally getting our first victory this past week. We won a nail-biter 13-12 over the Rhein Fire in the last few seconds of the game. Prior to game day, I went through my usual routine by catching a flick with the guys. This week, I went and saw "Hidalgo." It was pretty cool. It was kind of weird to have a western cowboy in Africa, but I guess for what it was, it was decent.

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