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.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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