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Case for former Bucs great John Lynch for Hall of Fame

Jamil King

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John Lynch won a Super Bowl, as a player, as a member of the all-time great 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneer defense. Sunday he will be looking to win his second title. This time as the GM of the San Francisco 49ers.
Before the big game, however, Lynch will be hoping to achieve the highest honor in football: being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Since 2013 Lynch has had his name on the ballot and has not had his name called, this despite making it to the final stage (like the discussion/vote Saturday) now seven times in a row.

Of the 15 names on the 2020 ballot, no one has been on that list more than Lynch.

Lynch has accolades that run deep to bolster to his resume:

He was a nine-time Pro Bowl safety, a two-time first-team All-Pro, and a two-time second-team All-Pro.
Lynch also is a member of two different “Ring of honors” for the Buccaneers (above) and the Denver Broncos.

He also has a claim to something not everyone can say and that is he is a Super Bowl champion.
Many share the thought that the voters were waiting to see how he would do in his new GM role. If he failed at it, he wouldn’t make the Hall. If he succeeds, then that along with his numbers as a player, it would lock him in.

Well, Sunday his Niners will be playing in the Super Bowl. Lynch has built a championship contending roster for years to come inside of three years.

Lynch has shown what he could do as a player. His achievements speak for themselves.

What he has done after he hung up the cleats is also very impressive. He has shown he has one of the best football minds around.

He was a successful broadcaster for several years with Fox, and now on top of that, is one of the best executives in the league today.

Lynch checked the boxes as a player. What he’s done post-playing should put him over the top this year.

Now, we wait.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.