Why John Lynch belongs in the Hall of Fame

Why John Lynch belongs in the Hall of Fame
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John Lynch may now be known for in-depth colour commentary and reviving the success of the 49ers but he was quite a player on the field before that. The hard-hitting Safety was the face of Tony Dungy’s Tampa 2 defence.

Prior to the change in scheme in Florida, Lynch was buried on the depth chart but once he got a chance, he made an impact right from the start. Lynch intercepted Hall of Famer Warren Moon twice in his first start and never relinquished his starting berth.

While he made his introduction as a ball player, Lynch’s speciality was impact. The Bucs legend had 1059 tackles in his career, 727 on his own over 15 years. He forced 16 fumbles and instilled fear in countless receivers coming over the middle.

Lynch reached the mountain top once, winning Super Bowl XXXVII with Tampa Bay. He also has personal awards to back up his claim too. It’s not the greatest barometer as it is also a popularity contest but Lynch made nine Pro Bowls in 11 years. The better accolade is his four All Pro nods, twice as first team in 1999 and 2000 and twice second team the following two years.

John Lynch
49ers GM John Lynch with veteran cornerback Richard Sherman (Credit: Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times)

Lynch’s Move To Mile High

While he did drop off slightly after moving to the Broncos, Lynch was still playing at a high level. The Safety had 268 tackles as a Bronco, peaking in 2006 with 84. He forced 9 of his sixteen fumbles and added a further three interceptions, taking his career tally to 26.

There’s no doubt Lynch is revered. He is a member of the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honour and the Broncos’ Ring of Fame. Lynch was a leader on the field and was valued for his intangibles. He has shown in his career since retiring how well he understands and reads the game. Now it is time for him to be recognised for how he helped the game evolve with his work in the Tampa 2.

Safeties struggle to make it into the Hall, John Lynch has a good enough resume to defy that discrimination.

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