Ronde Barber, Simeon Rice, John Lynch among Hall of Fame nominees
The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its initial list of nominees for the 2018 class.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its list of 108 modern-era nominees for the 2018 class yesterday, and it features three players who played a significant part of their career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
John Lynch and Simeon Rice are, of course, on the list. Both of them have been making that initial list for years on end, with Lynch making it to the final top 10 year after year. Rice hasn’t been that close, though.
There’s one new Buc on the list: Ronder Barber, who’s in his first year of eligibility after retiring in 2013. The five-time Pro Bowler had an incredibly lengthy career with a lot of splash plays—47 interceptions and 28 sacks, to be precise. Whether that’s enough to get him into the Hall of Fame remains to be soon, though: as John Lynch repeatedly experienced, the competition is fierce and after Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks got in, voters don’t seem too likely to add another Buc from the 2002 defense to the hall.
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