The Golden Gladiator

America’s oldest football player at 68 years old

This is his story.

The Golden Gladiator

The true story of the oldest American football player’s return to the gridiron . . . and glory.


In this incredible true story, Michael Lynch, 68-year-old retiree in Florida, goes out for the local semipro football team. He and the Southwest Florida Gladiators go on to win the Florida Football Alliance Championship in 2015 and 2018.


About the Author

Michael Lynch, the “Golden Gladiator” was born in New York City in 1949. As a young boy, Michael preferred sports to the classroom, more likely to pick up a football or a baseball than a book. A commitment to the love of the game of football and following a dream led him to trying out for a semipro football team in his mid sixties.

“When he first called us four years ago to ask us if he could play on our team, I was shocked at his age. I don’t know how he does it. He is an amazing specimen as far as I am concerned.”

Rose Greenwood

Co-Owner, Southwest Florida Gladiators

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“The Golden Gladiator is an inspiring book for anyone who is looking for a refreshing look at the sport of football through the eyes of someone who has been there, done that, and yearned to do it one more time. Lynch is making his own dreams come true while handing readers hope for their own. This is a must-read for readers of all genres.”

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Book Review


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Without any notice Coach Perry tells me to go in at tight end. In sixteen years of football I had never lined up once at tight end. As we huddle around him he tells our quarterback Deontae Brown I’m his first read and to hit me with a pass if I can get open in the end...

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Kevin Costner’s Screenplay

Kevin Costner’s Screenplay

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Cross Road Blues

Cross Road Blues

I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees, I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees, Asked the Lord above, “Have mercy, now, save poor Bob if you please. . . .”                                                                                      —Robert...

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