After a 7-year wait, former Bucs safety and Super Bowl champion John Lynch is heading to the Hall of Fame after a storied 15-year career. Teammate Ronde Barber will have to wait another year for his next opportunity however, as he was snubbed for the fourth consecutive time.

Lynch, a 15-year veteran who now serves as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, was originally a third round draft pick of the Bucs back in 1993. He played in 224 games over 15 seasons, making nine Pro Bowls and collecting two All-Pro accolades in the process. Lynch was a key cog in the Bucs first Super Bowl Championship, intercepting three passes while picking up 96 tackles and 12 pass breakups.

The hard-hitting safety finished the final four years of his career in Denver, registering over 1,000 tackles, 28 tackles-for-loss, 13 sacks, 26 interceptions and 16 forced fumbles. He is the third member of the Bucs 2002 Super Bowl team to make the Hall of Fame, joining Tampa Bay legends Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. As for Barber, Bucs fans will hold out hope that the star cornerback gets his deserved enshrinement with the 2022 class next year.

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4 months ago

Ronde Barber and Simeon Rice should be up soon.

4 months ago


4 months ago

Good deal. One my Bucs favs for sure. Great player and person.

4 months ago

Lynch was great and deserves it but Barber definitely deserves it. Barber actually holds a league record with his Sacks/INTs. I heard people saying they usually don’t vote in 2 guys from the same team like that unless it’s an automatic type guy. So now that Lynch is in it will be Barbers turn next!

4 months ago

About fricken time. Don’t know why the voters took so long to put him in. Like Sapp said, third best safety of all time.

4 months ago

So happy to see John Lynch rewarded for an outstanding career. Thank you John for all of the memorable and exciting moments you gave the Tampa Bay fans.

4 months ago

I want Simeon Rice on the banner at Tampa Stadium.

4 months ago

Congrats to Buccaneer great John Lynch! That very special Buc team now has its third member in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here’s hoping that the Bucs win the SuperBowl today and thus new Buccaneer heroes will be born! Go Bucs!

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4 months ago

It’s about time. Barber should have made it by now also but we’ll take it where we can get it.

4 months ago

Finally! The man could flat out ball and was the last person opposing ball carriers wanted to meet up with in a hole through the line.

In honor of John Lynch I’ll be wearing my 47 jersey for the game today.

4 months ago

Way to go Johnny!!!
Ronde next.

4 months ago

Tears down my face! Well overdue and much deserved! Thanks for all the great memories 47!

4 months ago

Class act all the way, congratulations, this is long over-due.

4 months ago

Well Deserved!..That’s 3 members in the Hall from the Great Bucs Defense..Barber will be up Next!