Why 49ers GM John Lynch may miss Hall of Fame ceremony after bike accident: Bruised face, ‘broken ego’


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John Lynch had a rollercoaster of emotions — or, rather, a bike ride — after the 49ers general manager was able to secure a long-term deal for star receiver Deebo Samuel on Sunday.

Lynch, who is scheduled to appear at Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony, may be forced to skip after bruising his face in a bike-riding accident. He spoke about the incident with reporters in a virtual news conference on Tuesday (where he normally would meet in person).

“I had a little biking incident — situation,” Lynch said (via ProFootballTalk). “Ironically, right after we finished Deebo, (wife) Linda said, ‘Time to get some fresh air.’ We went outside and I happened to land on my face.

So, I’m a little bruised up and not interested in becoming a meme going forward, so I’m laying low for a little bit.

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Lynch also joked that he may skip enshrinement week with his face sporting the result of his accident. To that end, Lynch offered this advice for anyone who may want to break out their bikes:

Here’s my PSA announcement: I was not (wearing a helmet), and I paid for it.

“I’m scheduled to be in Canton to support a couple of friends — Bryant Young and Tony Boselli. I don’t know. I can wear shades, but I think I’m going to be answering so many questions I might just be better up here in my office.”

Lynch, a 15-year NFL veteran as a player, should know better than anyone the importance of wearing your helmet in any contact activity, especially with the possibility of your face making contact with the pavement.

Whether Lynch makes an appearance in Canton remains to be seen. This year’s enshrinement ceremony will take place on Saturday at noon Eastern Time, with the likes of Boselli, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour and more.


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