Former Chiefs, Notre Dame linebacker Jim Lynch dies at 76

Jim Lynch of the Kansas City Chiefs
Former Chiefs linebacker Jim Lynch, seen here in 1972, died on Thursday. He was 72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Longtime Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and Notre Dame standout Jim Lynch died on Thursday, the university announced.

He was 76.

Lynch was an All-American at Notre Dame and won the Maxwell Award during his senior season in 1966, which is given to the country’s top player. He was a captain on that team, too, and led the Fighting Irish to a national title.

The Chiefs then selected Lynch in the second round of the draft in 1967, and was a staple in their defense until he retired 11 seasons later. Lynch started his final 142 games, and helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings. Lynch had 17 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries throughout his career, and he had four tackles in their Super Bowl win.

Lynch was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and into the Chief’s Hall of Honor in 1990.