Former Bucs star John Lynch enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

By Evan Winter 

Bucs Report

Special to News Talk Florida

Former Bucs safety John Lynch finally received his gold jacket Friday night, six months to the day he was elected into the Hall Of Fame.

It was a night to remember for the Bucs, Lynch, and his family. Many were on hand to celebrate and plenty chimed in on Twitter, as well. Lynch received his jacket alongside Peyton ManningCalvin JohnsonCharles WoodsonDrew Pearson, and Alan Faneca. They are the six players inducted into the 2021 class. Tom Flores represents the inducted coach and Bill Nunn, a former scout, represents the inducted contributor.

The Bucs drafted Lynch in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played 11 seasons for the Bucs, appearing in 164 games with 132 starts. He racked up 788 total tackles, 23 interceptions, 6.0 sacks, 42 pass break-ups, and seven forced fumbles during his time in Tampa Bay. Lynch is widely considered to be one of the foundational pieces that helped the Bucs make the playoffs five times -which includes the franchise’s first Super Bowl win- from 1997-2002.

The Bucs parted ways with Lynch after the 2003 season. He went on to play four more seasons with the Denver Broncos. He played in 60 games with 59 starts and recorded 271 tackles, three interceptions, 7.0 sacks, 26 pass break-ups, and nine forced fumbles. Lynch also helped the Broncos reach the 2006 AFC Championship game. Overall, Lynch finished with 1,059 tackles, 26 interceptions, 13.0 sacks, 68 pass break-ups, and 16 forced fumbles over the course of his 14-year career.

John Lynch was inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday night.