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In his fifth attempt, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety John Lynch once again came up short for this year’s Hall of Fame class.

Lynch played 15 seasons in the NFL, 11 in Tampa Bay and four in Denver. He made nine Pro Bowls, which, as we’ve learned, is an important category with the Hall of Fame, including every season in Denver – 87 percent of players with that many Pro Bowls have been Hall of Famers.

Lynch earned first-team All-Pro honors twice in his career, once in 1999 and again in 2000. As what many would call an “old school” strong safety over the middle, Lynch finished his career with 733 tackles and 26 interceptions. He was also a centerpiece player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ lone franchise Super Bowl, and was a part of one of the greatest defensive performances in Super Bowl history.

Lynch was a five-time finalist for the Hall of Fame and seems to be the victim of playing a position that just didn’t have an immediate impact on the game like quarterbacks, running backs, pass rushers or lock down corners do. Lynch was inducted into both the Broncos Ring of Fame and the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2016. But, all of that still wasn’t enough to finally become a Hall of Famer in the 2018 class.

Lynch will have to wait at least another year.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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3 years ago

Time for Ira Kaufman to hang it up, Lynch should be in

3 years ago

Outrageous. Such a great talent. 15 yrs in the NFL and 9 yrs in the Pro Bowl? The defense he was on scored more points on Defense than the Raiders did in the Superbowl!

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3 years ago

Than the Raiders scored on Offense.

3 years ago

I have a HUGE problem with Urlacher and Dawkkns making it on first tries ahead of Barber, maybe Urlacher has a case over Lynch because of the position that they played. But Barbers achievements outshine Dawkins and Urlacher by a long shot. Disgrace

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