Nov 16, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Former Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden chats with former Seminoles player Derrick Brooks before the game against the Syracuse Orange at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Three Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Among Hall of Fame Semifinalists

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw their second former player enter the Hall of Fame earlier this year when dominant defensive tackle Warren Sapp was inducted in to Canton’s hallowed halls. This year, as the selection committee narrows down the huge list of candidates to 25, there are still three former Buccaneers left in the mix for a bust at the NFL’s Hall of Fame.

(Technically there’s four, since Tim Brown was a Buccaneer, but I think we all know he’s being considered for his time with the Raiders.)

According to the Hall of Fame’s website, Tony Dungy and Derrick Brooks are among the first-time eligible nominees on the ballot, with John Lynch‘s name appearing on the ballot for the second year in a row.

Dungy is probably receiving consideration for his contributions in Indianapolis more than his time in Tampa, but the way he helped turn the Buccaneers around from a perennial loser to a Super Bowl contender will certainly figure into the voting for him. Dungy is one of the best people in football, and while he doesn’t have the longest coaching resume out there, he did a lot during his spell as a leader in the NFL.

Everyone knows about Derrick Brooks, who was one of the two stars of the front-seven for the Tampa 2 defense which dominated in the league in the early 2000’s. Brooks and Sapp were dominant players at their positions and both deserve all of the accolades they can be awarded. There are very few linebackers in the history of the game who have been better than Derrick Brooks.

As for Lynch, he’ll always be remembered more for his hard hits than for his stellar play elsewhere. But he was a very good safety on a very good defense, and he may eventually find his way into Canton. For now, though, he seems like a bit of a long shot.

Which of these former Buccaneers do you think makes it to the Hall of Fame during this voting process? Let us know in the comments below.

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