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In addition to thanking the Bucs and Broncos, who sent a representative to Tampa for the occasion, Lynch paid homage to the four coaches -- Sam Wyche, Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden and Mike Shanahan -- he played for in the NFL.
He also mentioned four former Tampa Bay assistants -- Herman Edwards, Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith -- who are currently head coaches and talked about Bill Belichick granting his wish to play all of New England's preseason finale.
It wound up being his last game.
Now, he's preparing for his broadcasting debut with Fox next week in Jacksonville, where he'll be part of the Jaguars-Minnesota Vikings telecast.
"I'm looking forward to being a rookie all over again," Lynch said.
He said he might be interested in coaching at some point, but was less definitive about speculation that he might go into politics.
"There was a report last week that I was running for governor of Colorado. I don't know where that came from," Lynch said. "I try not to rule things out, but I really have a passion for this game and want to do something that's around that. But we'll see. Like I said, there's a lot of unknowns."
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