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John Lynch and Solomon Thomas were classmates at Stanford


The first time San Francisco General Manager John Lynch and Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas met, neither could have predicted the future they’d have together.

Although Thomas met several NFL general managers during the run-up to the draft, he met Lynch when he was a freshman at Stanford, and the two of them took a class together: Lynch hadn’t finished his degree when he left Stanford for the NFL in 1993, and he decided to go back and get it in 2014.

The class they took together was Management Science and Engineering, and they worked together on a project about how the Washington NFL team should go about deciding whether to change its name.

β€œHe was on top of all the stuff, coming back as an older person, compared to us young people,” Thomas said of Lynch, according to Jenny Vrentas of β€œHe was on top of discipline, very studious and diligent.”

Thomas apparently made a good impression on Lynch.

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24 Responses to “John Lynch and Solomon Thomas were classmates at Stanford”
  1. jayniner says: May 1, 2017 6:37 PM


  2. truthinesshurts says: May 1, 2017 6:52 PM

    Good for Lynch…

  3. goodtogo28 says: May 1, 2017 6:53 PM

    the washington football team’s name has already been decided and it’s the Redskins.

  4. waltermercier says: May 1, 2017 7:01 PM

    Now I wonder if John Lynch is of the opinion that the Redskins should change their name…….

  5. tonebones says: May 1, 2017 7:04 PM

    Nice story. More ex-pros should go back and finish their degrees.

  6. drock36 says: May 1, 2017 7:11 PM

    As a Seahawk fan, I can’t help but like Lynch. Hopefully he can bring the intensity back to the rivalry

  7. charger383 says: May 1, 2017 7:22 PM

    Redskins till the end of pro football

  8. jrossizzle says: May 1, 2017 7:49 PM

    They were both taking a Criminal Justice class and hatched a plan to legally fleece the Bears.

  9. coloradocowboy says: May 1, 2017 7:49 PM

    This just in:

    Every NFL team now offer degree programs for scouts at all Power conference schools.

    The NFL is a copycat league….

  10. eastcoast49ersfan says: May 1, 2017 7:56 PM

    Does anyone know if a team can carry/sign more than 90 players on their roster, up to a certain point during the off season?

  11. isaidjoemontegna says: May 1, 2017 8:02 PM

    I wonder what number1hawkfan will find wrong with this perfectly innocent story.

  12. whatevnfl says: May 1, 2017 8:24 PM

    I like this Lynch guy.

  13. charger383 says: May 1, 2017 8:25 PM

    A school like Stanford would give an anti redskins project

  14. vicnocal says: May 1, 2017 8:39 PM

    Yes, they “fleeced” the Bears of those oh-so-premium 3rd and 4th round picks, they might even get a special teamer or two out of it -Instant championship!

  15. fordbw says: May 1, 2017 8:43 PM

    Looks like Lynch’s judgment is being clouded by Stanford favoritism.

  16. aliveguy24 says: May 1, 2017 8:51 PM

    Lynch schooled the bears draft day

  17. bkostela says: May 1, 2017 10:21 PM

    Actually, by all the draft pick value charts, the Bears made out in the trade.

    If the 49ers made the same trade in 2005 and the other team selected Aaron Rodgers at #1 overall, all the fans would have been screaming “fleeced” as well. We all know how that worked out for SF.

  18. rohinaz says: May 1, 2017 10:47 PM

    Lol there is the problem with California schools. A science and engineering class has kids do a project on if the redskins should change their name. Lol

  19. kamthechancellor says: May 1, 2017 11:32 PM

    Malik McDowell > Solomon Thomas…you’ll see during the season. Way more talent and potential.

  20. BraceForImpact says: May 1, 2017 11:46 PM

    charger383 says:
    May 1, 2017 8:25 PM

    A school like Stanford would give an anti redskins project


    Yeah you know, only one of the top 5 universities in the world. Real diploma mill.

  21. chrismireya says: May 2, 2017 12:20 AM

    Fear the Tree!

  22. patsrthegreatest says: May 2, 2017 12:31 AM

    Great story!

  23. theroc5156 says: May 2, 2017 10:03 AM

    They also worked on a Chemistry project together about why females need to be hired to become coaches in the NFL.

  24. isaidjoemontegna says: May 2, 2017 10:24 AM

    I am, in no way, surprised that you think that kamthechancellor. Let’s just ignore the fact that Thomas’ stats are significantly better than McDowell’s. Just one stat alone says it all. Thomas 12 sacks/2 seasons. McDowell 7.5 sacks/3 seasons. Among others. You and number1hawkfan should hang out in your mom’s basement and talk about how cool the Seahawks are.

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