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Will John Lynch (or Tony Dungy) Make the NFL Hall of Fame?

John Lynch Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hall of Fame Chances

It’s playoff time in the NFL, but there’s something equally as pressure-packed this time of year for an elite group of NFL veterans.  Every winter, around a dozen retired players and coaches wait by the phone to see if they are indeed lucky enough to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This year we have a special treat as we can celebrate the career of one of the all-time greats who is also one of our own.

Stay with us as we take a look at the Hall of Fame chances of one of our beloved Buccaneers, safety John Lynch.  There’s another popular former Buc on the Hall of Fame finalist list, also, so it’s really a banner year for the home team.

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Down the Hall, First Door on the Left

Lynch played safety for the Buccaneers from 1993 to 2003, and finished his Bucs career with 541 tackles and 23 interceptions to go along with five Pro Bowls.  Of course, he also starred for the Super Bowl-winning Bucs team in the 2002 season.  In 2004, he headed to Denver for four more Pro Bowl seasons.

Lynch, who now works as a color commentator for NFL games on Fox, looks like a good bet for election this year if not in the future.  However there are only a handful of spots available and 15 finalists, a class which also includes all-timers like running back Edgerrin James, coach Tony Dungy, offensive tackle Joe Jacoby, and quarterback Kurt Warner.

The Other Buccaneer On the List

Tony Dungy coached the Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, going 54-42 in six seasons with four playoff appearances.  He moved onto the Indianapolis Colts in 2002, the same year the Bucs won it all with a young head coach, John Gruden, but don’t cry for Dungy.  He won 85 regular-season games in seven seasons leading the Colts, with a Super Bowl win in 2006.  The chances of him being elected are pretty strong, too, since he won a championship and led two different franchises to such success, with 148 combined regular season and playoff wins in just 13 seasons (1996-2008).

Vote Lynch and Dungy into the Hall of Fame here.

The 2016 Hall of Fame class will be announced on Feb. 6, during Super Bowl weekend.

Buccaneer Hall of Famers

Other Buccaneers who played all or the majority of their career in Tampa who are already in the Hall of Fame: Warren Sapp Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Derrick Brooks
    • Linebacker who played in Tampa from 1995-2008, making 11 Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.
    • Member of the 2002 Super Bowl team.
    • Versatile player who finished with an impressive 1,297 tackles, 25 interceptions and seven defensive touchdowns.
  • Warren Sapp
    • Defensive tackle who played in Tampa from 1995-2003, finishing with 77 sacks.
    • Member of the 2002 Super Bowl team.
    • Seven Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams.
    • Also famous for finishing as the runner-up on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008.
  • Lee Roy Selmon
    • Defensive lineman who played in Tampa from 1976-1984, finishing with an estimated 78.5 sacks.
    • First-ever draft pick by the team in 1976.
    • Six Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team.
    • Part of the Bucs’ first-ever playoff team and playoff win in 1979.

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