Lynch with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014
|No. 99 – Chicago Bears|
|Born:||March 8, 1993|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||Island Coast|
(Cape Coral, Florida)
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 150|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2019|
Aaron Lynch (born March 8, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Florida and Notre Dame.
High school career
Lynch attended Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Florida. He led the team to 11-2 record and Florida 2B state semifinal playoff appearance as senior in 2010. He also recorded 31 solo stops and 10.5 sacks during senior campaign. He played in the U.S Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in 2011.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Lynch was listed as the No. 3 defensive end in the nation. After de-committing from Florida State, he re-committed to Notre Dame over offers from Florida and Miami.
In 2011, Lynch enrolled a semester early at Notre Dame and was able to participate in spring practice. He worked his way onto the second team and dominated in the annual Blue-Gold game. In his freshman season, he played in 12 games, starting in 6 of them. He recorded 33 tackles including 7 tackles for loss, a team high 5.5 sacks, and a team high of 14 quarterback hurries. He was awarded a 1st team selection on The 11th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team
In April 2012, Lynch decided to transfer from Notre Dame, citing a desire to return closer to his home. After pondering his options, he announced his transfer to USF. He applied for a waiver to play immediately but the NCAA denied his request, forcing him to sit out the 2012 season.
As a junior, Lynch led the Bulls with six sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss, playing in all 12 games. He finished with 30 total tackles and added a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in a 13-10 win over the Connecticut Huskies. Lynch had a strong finish to the season despite the Bulls' 3-9 record, totaling all six sacks in the last seven games.
San Francisco 49ers
Lynch was given an opportunity and assisted on four tackles and made two solo tackles on November 9 against the New Orleans Saints. His six tackles in addition to his pass defended helped the San Francisco 49ers excel in an overtime battle to defeat the Saints and remain in the playoff picture. Lynch finished his rookie season recording 23 tackles, six sacks, and four passes defensed with three starts in 16 appearances. In the 2015 season, he appeared in 14 games and started all but one of them. He had 6.5 sacks, 38 total tackles, and three passes defensed. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He appeared in seven games and started three in the 2016 season. He recorded 1.5 sacks and 13 total tackles. In the 2017 season, Lynch did not appear in the season opener with back injury. He played in the next five games before suffering a calf injury against the Washington Redskins in Week 6, which sidelined him until Week 14. He had one sack, nine total tackles, and one fumble recovery.
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- Aaron Lynch - Yahoo Sports
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- FWAA NAMES 2011 FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
- Aaron Lynch transferring from ND
- DE Aaron Lynch to South Florida
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- Aaron Lynch heading to NFL
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- "Aaron Lynch 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
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- "Aaron Lynch 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
- "Chicago Bears sign Aaron Lynch". WindyCityGridiron.com. March 15, 2018.
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- "Aaron Lynch 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
- Mayer, Larry (April 1, 2019). "Bears ink Aaron Lynch to one-year deal". ChicagoBears.com.
- "Packers D, Aaron Rodgers beat Bears 10-3 in opener". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 5, 2019. Retrieved September 5, 2019.