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November 20, 2013 @ 10:47 pm
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Brooks, Lynch, Dungy Named Semi-Finalists For Hall Of Fame

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Bucs Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp may soon have some company in Canton, Ohio after it was announced that former players Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and head coach Tony Dungy made the cut down to 25 players eligible for the 2014 class.
Earlier this year former Bucs great Warren Sapp was elected the NFL Hall of Fame, joining the legendary Lee Roy Selmon.

Sapp and Selmon may soon have three fellow Bucs to share their busts in Canton, Ohio with, after it was announced on Wednesday night that Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and former head coach Tony Dungy have made the cut to the 25 semi-finalists, and could be part of the next class to be bestowed the ultimate NFL honor.

Brook was a first-round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 1995 after a stellar college career playing for Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles. In his rookie season, Brooks started 13 of 16 games and after that, and never left the starting lineup through his career.

During his Buccaneers career Brooks made the Pro Bowl 11 times, was a nine-time All-Pro, the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and a Walter Payton Man of the Year winner in 2000.

Statistically Brooks ended his playing career with 224 games played and 221 starts, 1,715 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 25 touchdowns and seven touchdowns.

John Lynch joined the Buccaneers as a third-round selection from Stanford in 1993 and played until 2003 with Tampa Bay. Known as one of the most feared hitters in league history, Lynch’s resume includes nine Pro Bowls, four-time All-Pro selections and the 2000 NFL Defensive Back of the Year.

After his release by the Buccaneers after the 2003 season Lynch played four more seasons for the Denver Broncos. For his career, the former Stanford Cardinal recorded 1,058 tackles, 13 sacks and 26 interceptions.

Dungy brought stability and respectability to a franchise that was mired in mediocrity for more than a decade. The Buccaneers went 6-10 in Dungy’s first season and the following year saw Tampa Bay make the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

Dungy coached the Buccaneers from 1996-2001 and Tampa Bay made the playoffs four times in his six seasons including the NFC Championship game in 1999. Dungy was fired by the Buccaneers after their second consecutive playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dungy was immediately hired by the Colts and coached seven seasons in Indianapolis and in 2006 led his team to a Super Bowl victory. Dungy was the first African-American to win a Super Bowl.

Dungy retired after the 2008 season and finished his coaching career with a 139-69 record.

The list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced during a one-hour special on NFL Network on Wednesday, Jan. 8 2014 at 10 p.m. ET. The Class of 2014 will be determined at the Selection Committee's annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 1, in New York, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 will be announced during “3rd Annual NFL Honors,” a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally that evening from 8-10 p.m. (ET) on FOX. “NFL Honors” will be taped earlier that evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from 6-8 p.m. (ET) when the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees will be introduced for the first time.

The Class of 2014 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration.

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    I have to agree with Scubug and Matador. I love Tony Dungy for what he did for the Bucs and for all what he is as a man. But Hall of Fame coach - sorry, no. He inherited the NFL's best offense and still only one Super Bowl. Mr Buccaneer is the certainty. John Lynch gets my vote. Played with such ferocity he probably would be suspended more the Dashon Goldson. Anyone who can knock out his brother-in-law in a game gets to Canton eventually. Making the Pro Bowl with Denver shows it was him - not the system.
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    @clearwaterBuc21: Oh yes, they are the ones to be proud of.. but i don´t think Lynch does deserves to get into the Hall. To me, Brooks is the greatest player to ever wear a Buccaneers Jersey. Great respect for a true great man.
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    @pewter2 - I am aware of Kiffin's coaching history as a D-Coordinator and head coach in the college ranks, including NC State. He was a good coach. However, I believe Kiffin became a better coach because of Dungy, not the other way around despite the age difference. Kiffin has run several defenses in his tenure, mostly zones. The Cover 2 was part of it. However, nobody was running the version of the Cover 2 that Dungy wanted, having the MLB dropping so far deep, essential making it a Cover 3 depending on what the offense did. Using smaller D-lineman was also a Dungy first. Age and experience are great, but Madden was the youngest head coach ever at the time so all his assistants were probably older than him. If they didn't have things to learn from him they would have been the HC, not Madden. Again, I think those 3 coaches are all on the same level based on winning percentage, playoff wins, Super Bowl wins and coaches they've made better (but not always from scratch, like Kiffin).
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    Pinkstob, I don't want to poke holes in your argument, but I believe you are not aware of the coaching tree for many of these coaches. Just because Coach Dungy was a head coach for someone does not make them his disciple. Monte Kiffin is not a disciple of Tony Dungy. Coach Kiffin was the D-Coordinator in Nebraska for National Championship teams when Dungy was still riding a bike to school. It is likely the same for the other older coaches on your list as well.
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    Scubog and matador, I disagree. John Madden's career is no more impressive than Dungy's. If he can get in with one Super Bowl victory but a great personality, so can Dungy. I would throw Parcells in that same argument. You're also forgetting the coaches that Dungy has produced. M. Kiffin, L. Smith, R. Marinelli, M. Tomlin, J. Caldwell, H. Edwards, etc. So Dungy's career is composed of Tampa and Indianapolis. Dungy brought respect and pride to Tampa on the field, in the national media and around water coolers across the country. The respect for Tampa wasn't there for Wyche or Gruden besides the 2002 season. In Indianapolis they made the playoffs every year he was there and won a Super Bowl. I agree Manning was the reason the Colts won so much, but players are the reason any coach wins so much. The year he won the Super Bowl he traded a 2nd round pick for Booger McFarland, he finally solidified their run D and they immediately won a Super Bowl. That was Dungy's call so I give him a lot of credit for that Colts Super Bowl win. In short, I can see where you guys are coming from but if Madden and Parcells are in the HOF, so too should Dungy.
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    If selected, will Dungy go in as a Buccaneer or a Colt? Does it even pertain to coaches? I'm not convinced he is a Hall of Fame coach when our Buccaneers should have gone to the Superbowl after the 1999 season and should have done better in the playoffs until Gruden had to come in to infuse a little offensive swagger. The window was closing when Chucky "arrived on the scene". Good coach; but I'm not sure how he would have fared in Indianapolis without a certain #18 running the show. Heck, Sapp and these two players were drafted by Sam Wyche, who never seems to get any credit. I have a lot of respect for Tony Dungy as a person but if I had to vote after getting toasted by the Eagles in the 2001 playoff game I would have voted a resounding "NO". So......did he do enough in Indy to warrant a bust in Canton?
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    I agree completely with scubdog. In my mind Dungy will go down as one of the most overrated coaches in history. People are confusing his personal presence with his coaching ability; it shouldn't matter that he's a super nice guy, nor his religious pandering, etc. ----- Our D was #1 after he left, not while he was here. Our defensive success was about the players and the defensive coaches (Monte, Rod, Mike etc). What Dungy did well here was, along with McKay, draft well on defense (though overemphasizing it to the offense's detriment), build a very good defensive coaching staff and let them do their jobs. ---- Unfortunately, based on the team's consistently woeful play and the string of inept offensive coordinators during his tenure, Dungy clearly knows nothing about offense. If he hadn't gone to a team where the QB was essentially the offensive coordinator and is top 3 all time at the position, he would never have made it to the Super Bowl much less won it. ---- To have the overwhelming talent both teams had (on one side of the ball) during his tenure and come away with one SB victory, it's hard not to conclude that he underachieved relative to his team's potential, both times. Thank goodness the Glazers finally recognized the futility and brought in Gruden, who like him or not is clearly the most knowledgable coach we've ever had ---- Brooks seems a clear cut first ballot choice. Lynch probably not, and were Dungy to go 1st ballot it would be purely based on personality not qualifications.
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    Selmon, Sapp, Brooks, Dungy, Lynch, Barber? Awesome list of Bucs!
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