During the first week of his first NFL training camp, Dolphins rookie tight end Arthur Lynch sat down with The Finsiders’ Greg Likens to discuss what it was like when he was initially introduced to the team as well as sharing insight on the impact his former coach, Mark Richt, had on him.
Lynch is coming off a stellar four-year career at the University of Georgia, finishing with 56 receptions, 907 yards, and eight touchdowns. But he’s not the only Dolphins player to leave his mark on the school. Following May’s draft, Lynch, along with fellow rookies Garrison Smith and Rantavious Wooten, joined a roster that already consisted of three former Bulldogs: S Reshad Jones (2010), LB Dannell Ellerbe (2008), and RB Knowshon Moreno (2010). According to Lynch, the reception these now UGA alums received upon their introduction was a surreal moment.
“I played with Reshad one year, and Dannell and Knowshon left their mark at the university, so we all looked up to them as players,” Lynch said. ” When we were introduced they all started shouting ‘Georgia, Georgia, Georgia.’ That was kind of cool, to feel like we’re already apart of one family and now we’re getting acclimated to another one. That was a big deal for me.”
Not only did all six players play at the University of Georgia, but they also played under the same head coach. Since 2001, Richt has been the man in charge in Athens, leading the Bulldogs to six SEC East division titles and two SEC championships. Along the way he’s coached some of the NFL’s best talents, including Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, and, of course, the trio here in Miami. What Richt is best known for, however, is his leadership, both on and off the field. Lynch told The Finsiders that it’s that very leadership that impacted him the most, and that’s what he’s hoping will set him apart.
“No matter where you are in life, no matter what you do, you have to try and make an impact on other people,” Lynch said. “I really want to try to impact other people, and I think coach Richt tried to do that himself. He tried to impact others in a positive way, that rubbed off on me, and I think it rubs off on everyone who goes to the University of Georgia.”