The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have two people among the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2016 finalists: both Tony Dungy and John Lynch have been named to the 15 finalists for inclusion in the Hall of Fame for the third year in a row.
Dungy and Lynch really shouldn't need any introduction at this point, but they'll get it anyway. Dungy was the Bucs' head coach from 1996 through 2001, building the defense that would eventually lead them to the Super Bowl. A defense that featured Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Hardy Nickerson, Donnie Abraham and, of course, John Lynch. Dungy went on to coach the Indianapolis Colts and win a Super Bowl there. He has a career 139-69 record and is the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl.
Lynch joined the Bucs in 1993 as a third-round pick and played 11 seasons of them, adding another four for the Denver Broncos at the end of his career. He made nine Pro Bowls during that time, and was named to three first-team All-Pro teams. Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com made the case for his inclusion in the Hall of Fame in this excellent article.
The Hall of Fame will select the five modern-day Hall of Fame inductees on February 6, which could include Lynch and Dungy, while also adding potentially two senior inductees and a contributor. The other potential modern-day inductees are Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, Terrell Owens, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner -- a pretty competitive group.