Dungy, Lynch Never Got To Final RoundFebruary 2nd, 2014
Joe follows several Pro Football Hall of Fame voters on Twitter and was a bit shocked that this year broke a record for the smoke to clear. It was a eight-hour, 59-minute meeting, the longest in Pro Football Hall of Fame conclave history.
Per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, every Bucs fan’s favorite player, Mr. Derrick Brooks, was not the culprit.
In fact, from the moment the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, began his presentation for Brooks until the time Brooks’ debate ended, it took a whole nine minutes for Brooks to be elected.But the man who ate up the most time in debate? Father Dungy. Per Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, the debate over Father Dungy dragged on for three-fourths of an hour.
@RickGosselinDMN: Longest discussion at Hall of Fame meeting — Tony Dungy, 45 minutes, 7 seconds. Seniors Guy & Humphrey only others to exceed 40 minutes
Reedy Twittered both Father Dungy and former Bucs safety John Lynch never made it to the round of 10, aka the semifinals. The session began with 15 finalists (not counting senior inductees) and that group was whittled down to 10, and then to the five who made up (not counting senior members) the Class of 2014.
Apparently, Brooks was such an overwhelming favorite, he was put in the final five right away by the electors.
@joereedy: PFHOF Eliminated 15 to 10 — Anderson, Brown, DeBartolo, Dungy and Lynch; 10 to 5 — Bettis, Greene, Haley, Harrison, Shields.
Many scribes Joe follows documented that the debates were lively if not heated. Peter King of Sports Illustrated Twittered claimed it was the most spirited meeting he had gone through in two decades.
As for the election of Brooks, here is what his former linebackers coach, current Bucs head man Lovie Smith, said of the honor bestowed upon one of his pupils, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Words cannot accurately depict the level of pride that I feel about having had the privilege to coach Derrick Brooks early in my professional coaching career,” Smith said. “Derrick was a very special type of athlete who gave unselfishly of himself for the betterment of his teammates. He was such an exceptionally gifted player that he could have easily excelled at any number of statistics such as sacks and tackles every year he was with us, but instead, Derrick focused on what his coaches asked of him. For all of his accomplishments as a player, I believe Derrick is an even better person off the field, and I am excited to see him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”