Paxton Lynch Feb 18, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Orlando Guardians quarterback Paxton Lynch (6) takes a drink a water during a time-out against the Houston Roughnecks in the first quarter at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Paxton Lynch came out of Memphis with a ton of promise as an NFL quarterback. However, that didn’t work out. In fact, Lynch’s entire professional career really hasn’t worked out the way he’d hoped and he is now the owner of a very dubious distinction.

Lynch came out of Memphis with a ton of hype and was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. However, he was soon seen as a bust and only played two seasons for the team before being released in 2018. Despite some tryouts with the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, he wasn’t able to make a season roster after that. He finished his NFL career, at least for now, with 792 passing yards, four touchdowns, four interceptions, four fumbles, and 18 sacks.

Lynch tried to reinvigorate his career when he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 2021, saying at the time that his goal was to eventually return to the NFL. However, the 28-year-old was eventually benched and then cut by the team last year.

He then signed on with the USFL where he was drafted by the Michigan Panthers. Sadly, his time ended poorly there last season when he was benched.

That brings us to this past weekend when Lynch was the starting quarterback for the Orlando Guardians in their first XFL game. Unfortunately, he was benched during the game, earning himself the distinction of being the only quarterback to ever be benched in the NFL, CFL, USFL, and XFL.

The football community certainly had some thoughts on the disappointing fact.

[Michael Balko]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to