Sarasota’s ‘Golden Gladiator’ earns a spot in Guinness World Records

Doug Fernandes for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune


The business card of Michael Lynch is a mini-version of the game Clue.

On the front, above his name, are the words The Golden Gladiator. On the back is a picture of a football player — presumably Lynch — playing in a game. Bordering the photo is the first real hint the 73-year-old Sarasotan and native of Bay Shore, New York, located on the South Shore of Long Island, is the walking, talking and breathing definition of “unique.”

Guinness World Record Holder.

Published annually since 1955, the book contains more than 50,000 world records. There are such categories as largest living cat, longest nose on a living person, most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds, and most Smarties eaten in 60 seconds blindfolded using chopsticks.

Lynch occupies one a lot less wordy, a lot more identifiable, and, frankly, a lot more impressive. In 2018, Lynch played in a football game for the Southwest Florida Gladiators of the semi-professional Florida Football Alliance.

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