02 Dec 2001 : John Lynch #47 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is congratulated by teammate Warren Sapp #99 , after recovering a fumble , which set up the winning field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Buccaneers beat the Bengals 16 - 13. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Allsport
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will induct safety John Lynch, a finalist for the Hall of Fame, into their Ring of Honor next season, per Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
An official announcement will be made Friday afternoon, though a date for the halftime ceremony won’t be determined until the NFL schedule is released in April.
The hard-hitting safety becomes the ninth member selected, of which three – Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and Mike Alstott – were teammates of his during the 2002 Super Bowl season. Other honorees include Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon and Doug Williams, Jimmy Giles, Paul Gruber and the franchise’s first coach, John McKay.
Lynch, selected from Stanford in the third round of the 1993 draft, played 11 seasons in Tampa and earned five trips to the Pro Bowl including First-Team All Pro from 1999-2001. His nine Pro Bowl appearances overall – four straight to end his career in Denver – ranks second all-time for safeties behind Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10).
A linchpin of the Tampa 2 defense, Lynch led a unit from perennial bottom dweller to Super Bowl contenders and eventual champions. After three straight 10-loss seasons to start his career, he, along with Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and Warren Sapp, changed the perception of football in Tampa Bay by anchoring one of the best defenses in NFL history.
Lynch, 44, would go on to finish his career with the Broncos, earning trips to the Pro Bowl all four seasons in Denver. In 224 games, Lynch recorded 1,058 tackles, 13 sacks, 26 interceptions and 16 forced fumbles. Recognized, too, for his work off the field, Lynch’s awards include the Bart Starr Man of the Year (2006) and the Junior Seau Foundation Legend of the Year (2010).
Lynch, who was ranked 10th in NFL Film’s “Top 10 Most Feared Tacklers,” currently serves as a color commentator for Fox, a position he’s held since the week after his retirement ceremony in Tampa in 2008.
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About time! The man should already be in the NFL Hall of Fame! Go Bucs!
Horse, you are soooo right.
I think John was the safety to play for Tampa Bay and a great Buc on and off the field, but it is time for James Wilder to go in
There’s no doubt that John Lynch is deserving, but I would have chosen James Wilder first. I suspect #47 being a HOF candidate this year moved him ahead of perhaps the best running back in team history. Congratulations John!
I will argue that Dunn is the best rb in team history while Wilder had a few great yrs he fizzled out to many carries wore him down in the end, Dunn was a great runner, pass catcher and blocker and did it for many yrs
Would’ve been great irony inducting Dungy.
You are so right jongruden but that is my main point. For years Wilder was the only offensive weapon on the team. Forget what Bears safety it was who was a color man on FOX games but while covering one Bucs contest he said, “when we used to play the Bucs we used to say up and down the line key Wilder key Wilder, cause he was the only player we worried about.”
The Bucs rode on the back of Wilder for many years and he never complained he was being overused which he was.
I do agree that Dunn belongs up there, too. Just not before Wilder.
Wilder was a workhorse but he only had two great yrs while averaging 3.6 and 3.8 respectively, the other yrs are forgettable, I mean D Martin has had two better yrs does that make him ring of honor worthy?
I love the Lynch selection as he was one of my all time fav Bucs, he would lay the wood on players every game and was great in the box against the run. I still kick myself when after a practice his rookie yr seeing him at USF signing autographs and taking pics with a handful of fans I thought to myself oh that’s the kid we got from Stanford in the 3rd round nah, I’ll pass f**k what a dummy I was. I made up for it seeing him in Az during the sb fan fest and got a pic with him and he signed my throw back helmet.
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