ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Denver Broncos safety John Lynch was named one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014, it was announced on Thursday.
In just his second year of eligibility, Lynch will be under consideration for election into the Hall of Fame when the Hall’s 46-member Selection Committee meets in New York on Feb. 1, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be introduced during the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” show, a two-hour primetime awards show airing nationally that night at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowler and a four-time Associated Press All-Pro selection, played 15 NFL seasons, including his final four years (2004-07) with the Broncos.
In 224 career regular-season games (191 starts), he totaled 1,227 tackles (789 solo), 13 sacks (109 yds.), 26 interceptions (204 yds.), 100 passes defensed, 16 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. He added 71 tackles (41 solo), two interceptions (7 yds.) and 11 passes defensed in 12 career postseasons starts.
He spent the first 11 years of his NFL career with Tampa Bay before joining the Broncos as a free agent in 2004, concluding his Buccaneers career ranked third on the their all-time tackles list (973), tied for fourth in interceptions (23) and second in games played (164).
Lynch served as a key leader of the 2002 Buccaneers squad, helping the club to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. He also helped Denver reach the AFC Championship Game in 2005, marking his third career conference championship game appearance.
Named to the Pro Bowl following each of his four seasons in Denver, Lynch saw action in 60 regular-season games (59 starts) for the Broncos and totaled 304 tackles (215 solo), seven sacks (69 yds.), three interceptions (4 yds.), 26 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
He was the recipient of both the Bart Starr Award and Byron “Whizzer” White Award in 2006 recognizing his off-the-field efforts in the community, including his work through the John Lynch Foundation.
Selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft from Stanford University, Lynch was born on Sept. 25, 1971, in Hinsdale, Ill.