Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety John Lynch deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Sadly, his wait might last a very long time.
Ask any football fan and they will agree, John Lynch deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
FanSided’s Russell S. Baxter broke down every NFL team’s biggest Hall of Fame omission and Lynch was his choice for the Buccaneers.
Unfortunately, the former Super Bowl Champion will have a long wait before he gets enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
There’s no question that Lynch has Hall of Fame credentials. During his 15-year career, he was a two-time All-Pro, nine-time Pro Bowler and a key member of the historic Buccaneers defense which took home the Super Bowl 37 trophy.
What is most impressive about Lynch’s career was how he became a better player with age. Seven of Lynch’s nine Pro Bowl appearances came after his age-28 season.
But the question still remains, how hasn’t Lynch been chosen after five-straight years of being named a finalist?
Well, the Hall of Fame voting committee hasn’t been too kind to safeties of late. Kenny Easley, who was a star for the Seattle Seahawks in the 1980s was just honored last year. Even Broncos legend Steve Atwater, who played throughout the 1990s is still awaiting his call.
Buccaneers fans may be upset that Brian Dawkins was chosen over Lynch in 2018 but in upcoming years both Ed Reed (2019) and Troy Polamalu (2020) are on the ballot.
There isn’t much of an argument for Lynch when he is put up against those names. It appears he will be waiting for quite a while before he even gets considered again.
It doesn’t feel right, but Lynch will be Tampa Bay’s biggest Hall of Fame omission for years to come.