Someone's bound to get hurt.
49ers general manager John Lynch was no slouch during his storied football career. The four-time All-Pro safety was one of the league's best during his 15 seasons in the NFL, helping lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII, being named to nine Pro Bowls.
Now 48 years old, Lynch retired from his playing career in 2008. Nevertheless, 49ers tight end George Kittle apparently has been pestering his GM about the two facing off in a drill on the field since he joined the 49ers. Not surprisingly, Lynch wants no part of the freight train that is Kittle's downhill speed and hit power.
"The first day he came here, he said 'Mr. Lynch,' he still calls me Mr. Lynch," Lynch told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show." " 'Mr. Lynch, someday we gotta go out there, I wanna do a one-on-one against you.' And I said no, those days are gone. Especially with the money we're paying him now, I'm not taking any chances, I'm not going out there.
"I'd probably be the one getting hurt, but I'm not taking the chance there."
Lynch is probably right, as Kittle has no problem flattening active defensive backs in the prime of their athletic lives, much less a guy who is more than a decade removed from his NFL career.
Back in his heyday, though, Lynch certainly was one of the league's hardest hitters during his time in the NFL.
For the sake of Lynch's health, hopefully we'll never see the two line up across from each other in pads.
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49ers' George Kittle wants showdown with John Lynch in on-field drill originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area