Fourth time’s a charm? Those rooting for Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend John Lynch certainly hope so when it comes to the Hall of Fame.

According to NFL.com, Lynch has been named a Hall of Fame finalist for the class of 2017.

Lynch, who won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers in 2002, made it to the final 15 in his first two tries at a gold jacket, and was a top 10 finalist last year.

In his 15-years career (11 years with Tampa and four in Denver), Lynch accumulated 1,051 combined tackles, 13 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and 26 interceptions. He was elected to the Pro Bowl nine times, and was also awarded the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award and the “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year in 2006.

Lynch’s name is also recognized in both the Broncos and Buccaneers Ring of Honors.

These are 14 other finalists Lynch will be up against this year.

  • Brian Dawkins, safety
  • Jason Taylor, defensive end
  • LaDainian, Tomlinson, running back
  • Morten Andersen, kicker 
  • Don Coryell, coach
  • Kurt Warner, quarterback
  • Terrell Davis, running back
  • Isaac Bruce, wide receiver
  • Terrell Owens, wide receiver
  • Tony Boselli, offensive tackle
  • Alan Faneca, guard
  • Joe Jacoby, offensive tackle
  • Ty Law, cornerback
  • Kevin Mawae, center

Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Terrell Owens, John Lynch and Don Coryell were all finalist in 2016, but just missed the cut. LaDanian Tomlinson, Brian Dawkins and Jason Taylor are the first-year players on the list this year.

With safeties like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu eligible for the Hall of Fame soon, is his window to Canton closing? 

Maybe.

But, for now, Lynch and Bucs fans everywhere just hope this is the year he officially gets recognized as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

The induction class will be announced on February 4th.

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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: [email protected]
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jshumaker
jshumaker
5 years ago

None of the prior years he was a finalist, did I think he would make it in. Neither Dawkins nor Law was a cornerstone of their team’s defense. IMO that puts him as the top player in the secondary. So I think he makes it this year.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

And to think Herman Edwards almost cut # 47.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
5 years ago

scubog you are right about Edwards !
When he went to KC he gutted the team such as Jarrett Allen saying he was to old Allen went on to play 8-10 yrs. He may have let T. Gonzalez leave also. I think he did these things because he was not Head Coach material. I think John will get in unless Brian Dawkins does also a Safety.

jshumaker
jshumaker
Reply to  Buc 1976
5 years ago

Kind of sounds like what that idiot Schiano did to the Bucs. Every time I hear about how strong NE’s running game is (Blount) or Denver’s pass defense (Talib) is it just reminds me of how lousy of a coach he was

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
5 years ago

I’d say this looks like his best chance…

No disrespect to Denver intended, but I still don’t understand the ring of honor in Denver thing or why he keeps being mentioned as both a Buc and Bronco….I get that he played a few years there and was still really good, but that’s like saying Sapp was both a Buc and a Raider, or Joe Montana was both a 49er and a Chief…yes, but no.