Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dungy, Lynch Semifinalists for Hall of Fame

Two former Buccaneers have been named semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016.

The best photos of safety John Lynch.

On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that two former Buccaneers, safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy, are semifinalists for the Hall's 2016 class.

Both Lynch and Dungy have been semifinalists for the Hall of Fame before; this marks Dungy's third nomination in a row while Lynch has been a semifinalist for the past four years.

Dungy served as the Buccaneers' head coach from 1996 to 2001, guiding the team to four playoff appearances in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Over the course of his six seasons, he earned a record of 54-42. The Bucs finished below .500 just once under Dungy, finishing 6-10 in 1997.

Lynch played 11 of his 15 NFL season with the Bucs, from 1993 to 2003. During his time in Tampa Bay, Lynch recorded 973 tackles, the fifth-most in team history. The safety was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time first-team All-Pro and member of the Bucs' Super Bowl XXXVII championship team.

A few months back, Buccaneers.com's Scott Smith put together a compelling argument as to why Lynch deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. To read Lynchpin: A Case for Canton, CLICK HERE.

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