Bucs’ Ring Of Honor member John Lynch was listed as one of the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame On Thursday. This is the seventh consecutive year that the legendary Bucs safety was named as a finalist.
Ronde Barber and Simeon Rice joined Lynch as semifinalist for the Hall Of Fame, but only Lynch made the final 15. There are three others safeties among the finalists this year joining Lynch, including Troy Polamalu, Steve Atwater, and LeRoy Butler.
Lynch was a member of the Bucs’ infamous Super Bowl winning defense from the 2002 season that saw the Bucs hoist the Lombardi Trophy in January of 2003. Lynch spent 11 years on the Bucs, playing in Tampa Bay from 1993-2003. In that time he recorded 787 tackles, 23 interceptions, and seven forced fumbles on the way to earning five Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro honors.
Lynch played for another four years with the Denver Broncos from 2004-2007 where he was selected to another four Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Broncos Ring Of Honor.
In his entire career, Lynch recorded 1,054 tackles, 26 interceptions, and 16 forced fumbles. Lynch was best known as a hard hitting safety and a staple of the Bucs’ historic defense.
Following his playing career, Lynch is now in his third year as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, who are the number one seed in the playoffs for the NFC.
A leader. A playmaker. A Bucs legend.