Bucs SS John Lynch - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Pro Football Hall of Fame committee failed to agree on enough votes to enshrine former Bucs great John Lynch.
Safeties get little love from the Hall of Fame, and once again Lynch was left on the outside looking in.
While it has to be disappointing for Lynch, he has enough on his plate to make him forget about the Hall of Fame for a little bit.
Lynch was recently hired as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers despite not having any NFL front office experience.
The 2017 inductees are running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, quarterback Kurt Warner, defensive back Kenny Easley, kicker Morten Andersen, defensive end Jason Taylor and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Lynch, one of the most feared safeties in NFL history with his hard-hitting reputation, was in in his fifth season of eligibility. Lynch was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (82nd player overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. The former Stanford Cardinal earned the permanent starting role in his fourth pro season, and racked up more than 100 tackles and tied a career-high with three interceptions, and from that point forward, was the anchor of secondary on a defense that perennially ranked among the NFL’s best.
Lynch, who was an NFL color analyst for Fox, was voted to first of nine Pro Bowls following the 1997 season and earned first-team All-Pro recognition three straight years (1999-2001).
After his career in Tampa Bay, Lynch was signed as a free agent by Denver in 2004 and played his final four seasons of his 15-year career for the Broncos, helping lead the Broncos to a conference championship game in second season. That year, Lynch recorded a career-high four sacks, intercepted two passes, forced four fumbles, and racked up 69 tackles. In all, Lynch recorded 26 interceptions, returned for 204 yards, 13 sacks, and more than 1,000 tackles.
Lynch was inducted into both the Bucs and Broncos Ring of Honor in 2016.
Lee Roy Selmon was the first Buc to be elected to the Hall of Fame and was followed by Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and former head coach Tony Dungy.
– Scott Reynolds contributed to this report
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Disappointing to say the least. Especially when a guy like Davis goes in over Lynch. Davis is not a HOF. Next years eligible class is brutal. Ray Lewis, Moss, Urlacher, T.O. Seymour, Barber, and Steve Hutchinson. Really hope he gets in next year.
Your right Rootscrew. Brutal next year. They will induct a murderer into the HOF. The only guy on your list IMO is worthy of a first ballot is Moss and Urlacher.
I think Lynch makes it next year. Rhonde is gonna have to wait though.
If he didn’t get in this year, then I think it will be several years before he even has a chance. Not only as you mentioned that next year’s eligible class is brutal, but Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed are eligible right after them. As much as I like Lynch I don’t think he should get in before either of those guys. Some will argue that he shouldn’t get in before Ronde Barber either. I hope he does but I think it will take several more years.
Agree with your observations including Barber. But on the bright side perhaps the voters are looking at it just like you, and Lynch will make it after the other two.
Crap. I didn’t even think about Reed & Troy being eligible. There are only 7 safeties in the HOF, so Lynch needs to get in next year, cause you’re right, those two deserve it more than Lynch. Barber should be in before Lynch based on numbers and career impact. I really can’t believe T.O. is still not in and Davis made it in. Ridiculous.
To me the Hall of Fame should be about the players, coaches and maybe general managers, but not team owners and certainly not Jerry “Facelift” Jones.
I know we’re a little biased here. There are always plenty of worthy candidates. Maybe Lynch was thought to play less of an integral role in our great Kiffin defenses wherein folks credit the “system”. Same may come into play when Ronde comes up for discussion. Those defenses never seem to get the recognition they rightfully deserve. We hear all about the one year wonder 1985 Bears, the Steelers in the 1970’s, the Ravens off and on, but rarely does the Buccaneer defense from the mid-90’s to after our Superbowl championship get any accolades.
Maybe #47 and #20 can be enshrined together. Two 3rd round Draft choices, barely making the roster their first couple of years, who worked hard enough and achieved enough to at least be in the Hall of Fame discussion.
Complete horse shit, there is no one in this class that I would have said, yep, hes way better at his position than John was so how he did not get it is very simple…One, it’s harder for that position to get inducted and two, he’s a Buc…..Kurt Warner-analyst, LT-analyst, I think even TD is even an analyst now. Jerry Jones probably probably gave voters an additional stipend for voting him in and that’s on top of all the cowboys c**k that all the media loves. It’s no wonder why he was left out again. All political BS….Agree with scubog…….Owners should not get a slot or take a slot from a player……Just make an NFL owners HOF which no one gives a shit about and build it in Haines City right next to where circus world/boardwalk and baseball used to be.
Can’t believe T. Davis made it. Fix is in, he works for NFL network, and he sure isn’t special as an annalist either.
Jerry Jones really..? Goes without saying that the HOF is more political than it is about performance and value.
Jerry Jones OMG!!
John Lynch really needed to make it this year,I don’t think he will make it with all the future players in the next 3-4 years. R Barber should make it hands down.
Lynch’s resume is still growing; you can’t keep a good man down.
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