Another Tampa Hall Voice For John Lynch

August 27th, 2020

Calm down, haters.

Sage columnist Ira Kaufman has not been replaced as the official Tampa-area representative among the esteemed Pro Football Hall of Fame voters.

In fact, Ira actually is member of the Senior/Coach Selection Committee in addition to his regular panelist duties.

But another Tampa voice officially is now part of the Hall as of today. Tony Dungy (aka Father Dungy) was named an at-large media selector via his NBC affiliation.

So maybe, just maybe, legendary Bucs safety John Lynch is voted into the Hall of Fame in February, during the annual gathering of esteemed voters the day before the Super Bowl. It also won’t hurt that Bill Polian, the retired Hall of Fame general manager, was added to the selector ranks earlier this year. Polian has deep knowledge of the Tampa-2 defense and understands Lynch’s value.

Allegedly in February, Lynch was only a vote or two from getting in. It was his seventh consecutive year as a finalist, which is a rare streak.

23 Responses to “Another Tampa Hall Voice For John Lynch”

  1. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Lynch will get in eventually as a player/GM especially if the 49ers get to another SB . Ronde Barber is the one who needs help, and in my opinion has a better case than Lynch.

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    John Lynch, one of the most feared players of his time. HOF send this man a taylor and gold fabric. Like Warren Sapp said “You can’t even have a safety hit like that anymore. I mean, a safety can’t get in the box and DOMINATE A FOOTBALL GAME like John Lynch, like Ronnie Lott, like all the great ones did, like Dawkins.” John Lynch HOF GO BUCS!!!!

  3. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Lynch should have been in already. It’s a travesty. Ronde and Simeon deserve to be there too.

  4. Clean House Says:

    Joe, Please tell Ira he needs to get Mike Alstott listed as a fullback or something! No reason he shouldn’t be in the Hall as the superior once in a generation, punishing, game wrecking back he was!

    I truly think he was almost as important to our Super Bowl winning team identity as our amazing defense was.

  5. WillieG Says:

    No offense to Ira, but maybe Dungy could present, or help Ira present Lynch?

  6. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Get. John. In.

  7. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Mike Alstott was in the same mold as Larry Czonka, John Riggins, Hall Of Famers all Day!! WD40 Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott, Thunder and Lighting baby! They were not the best, but part of a consistant running game that was depended on, and sometimes they were awesome. Defense and Running game was all the Bucs had then. Mike Alstott perennial Probowl player. GO BUCS!!

  8. SB Says:

    My dad sold our season tix in 96 when we hired Dungy.
    Said he was tired of paying for losing.
    He was right and wrong. I have never let him live it down when the NFL Ticket shuts him out for home games.

  9. Clean House Says:

    Agree 1976

  10. Howard Cosell Says:

    In today’s NFL Lynch would have had to play a completely different style than he did with the Bucs. That fact is really the only rub on Lynch. It’s kind of irrelevant would’a could’a type thing.
    The fact is that Lynch was the brain behind the Legendary Buccaneer Tampa 2. The fearsome Sapp-Brooks defense wouldn’t have been as good without Lynch.
    His career as a GM is icing on the cake in his no-brainer induction into the hall

  11. Buczilla Says:

    Awesome news. Dungy’s a good dude.

  12. SB Says:

    Very aptly put Howard.
    Thank you. I concur.

  13. Buc4evr Says:

    Agree with Dewey. Ronde needs to get in first. It’s a sin that he has been ignored by the Hall of Fame voters.

  14. I seem to remember Says:

    Lynch is a traitor who doesn’t even belong sniffing the hall! So glad he lost the SB!

  15. FortMyersDave Says:

    Great points from Mr Cosell! I can understand why Willie G suggested that Father Dungy present Lynch (or Barber/Rice for that matter) as his voice obviously has influence but Ira is a professional, from what other who have heard him make the presentations, one of the best! The guy probably makes graduates of the Dale Carnegie school of persuasion look like total amateurs. Its too bad the HOF does not allow for 2 presenters or for a type of co-presentation. I get the frustration, Lynch and Barber would already have their gold jackets if they were playing for a big market team but I doubt if anyone could make a better case than the sage though I hope Father Dungy gets to help corral a few votes to get these gentlemen their long awaited due honor and respect and perhaps helps present their gold jackets in Canton!

  16. Jmarkbuc Says:

    You don’t “ seem to remember “ all that well then… just got all ghost of tmax in here.

    There were candlelight vigils around here when 47 was unceremoniously dumped by lil Napoleon….

    Watching JLynch play was a pleasure..and his hits would make 65,000 day Ooo..
    Probably why he’s not in the Hall already…. his introductory highlight reel isn’t politically correct these days. Ronnie Lott and John Lynch are 1, 2 in my book.

    So happy for what he’s accomplished in SF too, just wish we had JLynch instead of JLicht as our GM.

  17. iamrhenry Says:

    What happened to Tmax? Did he really pass away?

  18. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    >>Tony Dungy (aka Father Dungy) was named an at-large media selector via his NBC affiliation.<<
    Maybe this bodes well for Rondé, then. I hope so. Nobody has ever matched his numbers for sacks, interceptions, and tackles from the cornerback position. Probably nobody ever will.
    Common misconception. Rondé has never been presented and voted on because he’s never been a finalist. Never made the preliminary cut to “get in the room.” Rondé needs some help and a groundswell of support just to get a shot when the voters cast their early online ballots long before the finalist vote in person. It would help if Rondé was interested in campaigning, but has not been moved to do so yet.–Joe

  19. BringBucsBack Says:

    I have been saying for years; let Barry Sanders make the pitch for Lynch!

  20. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    I seem to remember Says:
    “Lynch is a traitor…”
    Didn’t the Bucs choose to let him walk?

    “Rondé has never been presented and voted on because he’s never been a finalist.”
    Oh, yeah. I forgot a whole step! Derp.

    He has a public platform, too. I suppose I wouwould

  21. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    I seem to remember Says:
    “Lynch is a traitor…”
    Didn’t the Bucs choose to let him walk?

    “Rondé has never been presented and voted on because he’s never been a finalist.”
    Oh, yeah, I forgot! Derp.

    He has a public platform, too! I suppose I would be reticent about self-promotion, also. How many years does he have left of eligibility?

  22. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Maybe I’m thinking of baseball. I can’t find anything about eligibility limits online.

  23. rrsrq Says:

    I’m hoping both he and Ira would recognize a senior member that lived in the Bay Area, Ken Riley passed away this year, not being elected into the HOF even as a senior. 65 INTs (5th overall) in an era when they were not throwing passes all over the place.