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Does former Bucs star John Lynch get into Hall of Fame Saturday?

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Will Saturday finally be the day the former Buccaneers hard-hitting safety John Lynch gets the call and goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? It’s the same question that has been on the minds Buccaneers, and even Broncos, fans for each of the last five years.

That’s because, it’s the sixth straight time that Lynch has been a finalist and been debated seriously, on the Saturday before the Super Bowl amongst the Hall of Fame voting members.

They have gathered in Atlanta, again and we’ll debate and vote all of Saturday afternoon.

While it is quite a distinction that those voters have found him worthy of being the final 15 for this long, it has to be frustrating for Lynch to continually come up short.

And even more so, when he saw his contemporary hard-hitting safety Brian Dawkins be elected a year ago. And now, first ballot member Ed Reed, who has a very strong case also at the safety position, will get a lot of the conversation in and votes too, Saturday.

Lynch, who’s now the GM of the 49ers, is shown above in 2016 being inducted in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.  He was drafted in 1993 by Tampa Bay played 13 seasons with the Bucs and the Broncos making nine Pro Bowls and helping anchor a Tampa Bay defense that won the Superbowl in 2002.

Further, there are two more finalists, who are in their first year of eligibility, in former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, and former Broncos All Pro defensive back Champ Bailey, who are likely going to be voted in, Saturday too.

So, there are only so many votes to go around.

Plus, there is plenty of consideration and we even wondered earlier this week about “momentum” for former Jaguars All Pro tackle Tony Boselli to finally be elected. Boselli has been passed over while contemporaries like Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden have been voted in recently.

Let’s see, if the case is strong enough for Lynch, this time to overcome all of that above.

And, while word may trickle out on the internet and social media, the new 2019 class of inductees will be formally announced at the “NFL Honors” award show on Saturday night.

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