In five straight years, John Lynch has been named a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame. Each of the last four years he has come up empty-handed as it has been historically difficult for safeties to make the final cut. To date, just seven true safeties are in the Hall of Fame. Lynch, who is seen as one of the hardest hitting defenders in NFL history, had a solid career capped off with a Super Bowl win. Today he serves as the General Manager 49ers whose arrow seems to be pointing up after he has breathed new life into the organization in just one short year.
If voted in, Lynch would be the 4th player voted in who spent the vast majority of his career with Tampa Bay, and the third from the Super Bowl XXXVII team. Lynch spent 11 seasons with the Bucs and amassed over 1,000 career tackles, 13 sacks, 16 fumbles, and 26 interceptions. He was also a 3x All-Pro and selected to 9 Pro Bowls.
Between his time as a player and in his current front office role, Lynch has made his case to the committee that he deserves a gold jacket this year.