Brooks, Dungy And Lynch AdvanceJanuary 9th, 2014
This year’s list of candidates for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame was cut down to 15 tonight, and Bucs icons John Lynch, Derrick Brooks and Tony Dungy made the cut.
It is Brooks’ and Dungy’s first year of eligibility.
The “final 15,” plus two old timers, will be voted on before the Super Bowl. There is no set number of men to get in the Hall each year. Between four and seven will be in the 2014 class, and they must earn 80 percent of the vote.
Joe’s actually surprised Lynch made the cut over great Broncos safety Steve Atwater. They were similar players, and Atwater didn’t have nearly the surrounding cast.
Longtime cornerback Aeneas Williams made the final-15, as well. Bucs fans who want Ronde Barber in the Hall of Fame should be hoping Williams makes it. If Williams doesn’t get in, then it’s going to be much tougher for Barber when his time comes.
Raiders great Tim Brown, who finished his career with the Bucs, also is a finalist.