Dungy, Lynch Never Got To Final Round

February 2nd, 2014

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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.”

23 Responses to “Dungy, Lynch Never Got To Final Round”

  1. the_buc_realist Says:

    When you start to look at the names that did not make it, you start to wonder if Lynch will ever make it. I still think that Rhonde will make it in after a couple tries, And Dungy will eventually make it after a while. But I don’t think that Lynch will ever make it in the hall.

  2. Niko Says:

    Lynch and Dungy will make it….but it will take time. Lynch made it farther this year

  3. William Says:

    Dungy had a great Tampa 2 scheme going for him. In essence he never build a complete championship team. We were never going to get pass Phily with Dungy’s offensive mind set. With Indi he got fortunate to have Peyton and the offense ready to succeed.

    Great person the kind of neighbor many would want. I’m glad Gruden came along. Gruden did in Tampa what Dungy did with Indi complete the rest of the team to go all the way.

    Neither coach worthy of Hall of Fame.

    Thank you Glazers!

  4. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Without Peyton Manning Tony Dungy would not even be up for consideration, and Jim Caldwell deserves more credit for Manning’s accomplishments.

    John Lynch should have been a first ballot inductee. He was feared and respected by all he encountered. If those players had the vote, he would be in right now.

  5. 1sparkybuc Says:

    BTW, “Ronde” won’t be eligible until 2018.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think they will both eventually make it…but it may take a long time.

  7. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Very fitting for Dungy. Just like his playoff runs in Tampa, His hall of fame run this year, was 1 and Done.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Joe, not that it matters much, but nfln was reporting the meeting lasted 8 hour and 59 minutes last night. Were they mistaken?

  9. mark2001 Says:

    Doubt Lynch or Dungy will make it. If you don’t make the top 10, even in a good year, how can you expect to ever make it? Lynch was instrumental to the rise here, to a SB caliber team. Great player..thanks John. Tony rebuild the team here..thanks Tony….a great coach and a better person.

  10. Brandon Says:

    1sparkybuc Says:

    February 2nd, 2014 at 8:21 am

    BTW, “Ronde” won’t be eligible until 2018.


    I have to admit, it still pisses me off too when somebody doesn’t have the decency to spell the guy’s name right after all the great years of service. Seriously, how hard is it to freaking type the name the same way you have seen it written the 6 millions times it’s been seen?

  11. William Says:

    Brandon is not wearing his glasses or needs some coffee…

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *Ronde will be be a 1st ballot Hall of Fame’r .

    *He could play outside, could play nickel (Best Nickle Corner EVER), played safety.

    *”Along with playing in five Pro Bowls and being named to five All-Pro teams, the man produced 47 interceptions and 28 sacks over his 16-year career.

    No defensive player in league history-LET ME REPEAT THIS …NO DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN LEAGUE HISTORY has posted that many picks and quarterback takedowns.

    Over the next 4yrs many will begin, to understand just how significantly rare the combination of those IMPACT plays are.

  13. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Glad Brooks got in so fast!
    I think Dungy and Lynch will both eventually make it…but it may take awhile.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Brandon it pisses you off if someone misspells a name? Man what a short fuse. Over a name? It will be okay man, it’s like his name is John or Steve. Rhonde, Ronde, Rondele or whatever.

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Jamael Orondé “Rondé” Barber

  16. Joe Says:

    Brandon it pisses you off if someone misspells a name? Man what a short fuse. Over a name? It will be okay man, it’s like his name is John or Steve. Rhonde, Ronde, Rondele or whatever.

    If you love Barber so much, it baffles Joe how his name can’t be spelled right? Talk about disrespecting a guy. Just because he is African-American doesn’t mean he’s from Rhodesia.

    It’s not like Barber’s name is Posluszny.

    Always puzzled Joe where people (there are many) who spell Ronde’s name with an “Rh.” Joe has no clue where that started (unless they are thinking “Rhodesia.”)

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    (Jamael Orondé “Rondé” Barber)

    *Career NFL statistics & Highlights

    • Tackles 1,172
    • Quarterback sacks 28.0
    • Pass deflections 200
    • Interceptions 47
    • Forced fumbles 13
    • Touchdowns 12

    • 5× Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)
    • 3× First-team All-Pro (2001, 2004, 2005)
    • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2002, 2006)
    • Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
    • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    • Ed Block Courage Award (2011)
    • 40/20 Club
    • 20/20 Club
    • Most consecutive starts by a NFL cornerback
    • Most quarterback sacks by a NFL cornerback
    • Buccaneers career interceptions record
    • NFL interception leader (2001)
    • NFL interception touchdown leader (2006)

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe baffling is one thing. Getting pissed about it is another.

    How many other people do you know with the name Ronde? or Tiki for that matter?

    Not very common names.

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ve got it!

    Help Me Rhonda – The Beach Boys.

  20. Getaclue Says:

    Point being if you aren’t a big enough fan to know how to spell his name then you shouldn’t be commenting on him in the first place

  21. QB Says:

    It is a southern thing I think. Southern drawl adds an “h” to the pronunciation, thus it gets spelled that way by those spelling phonetically.

  22. Joe Says:

    Joe, not that it matters much, but nfln was reporting the meeting lasted 8 hour and 59 minutes last night. Were they mistaken?

    Good catch, thanks.

  23. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    I spell it that way just to piss off the self proclaimed High and Mighty fans. Works every time.