John Lynch is one of 26 semifinalists for the 2017 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the institution revealed yesterday. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos safety has been a finalist repeatedly over the last few years, falling just short of an actual election to the Hall every time.
Lynch played 11 seasons for the Bucs and four for the Denver Broncos, making it to nine Pro Bowls, being named first-team All-Pro three times, winning a Super Bowl with the Bucs and just generally being an outstanding football player. He was inducted into the Bucs’ Ring of Honor just two weeks ago, during a disappointing loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs actually moved the announcement of his induction forward earlier this year, in hopes of getting him elected to the Hall of Fame, too. Alas, it was not to be.
No other Bucs were named to the list of semifinalists, disappointingly, with Simeon Rice's absence being particularly noteworthy — though his election to the Hall of Fame remains highly unlikely anyway.