Congratulations to both Derrick Brooks and Tony Dungy. They have cleared the next step and could end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Bucs' Warren Sapp.
John Lynch also made the list
of 25 -- which is great to see. He
played 11 years for the Bucs, made the Pro Bowl five times with the Bucs, and
then made it four more times with Denver.
Lynch ended his career with the Broncos, but you know if he gets into the
Hall, it will be with him in red and pewter.
Lynch now works for Fox Sports as an NFL analyst.
Here is the process: the list started out with 126 names. Those have now been narrowed down to 25, and from there it drops to 15. Then 10.
The final number inducted will be five or fewer, so you can see those who make it to Canton are in a very, very elite club.
Derrick Brooks was, of course, one of the cornerstones of that Tampa 2 defense. He played 14 seasons with the Bucs, went to the Pro Bowl 11 times and really redefined his position of weakside linebacker.
Brooks and Sapp entered the league at the same time. Brooks was a first-round draft pick, and together they created one of the best defenses in league history.
Tony Dungy of course is the quiet architect that put it all together. Before he took over as head coach, the Bucs had 13 straight losing seasons -- they were just playing some brutal football.
Dungy changed that. He changed the locker room atmosphere, and he created a team with players that demanded personal accountability.
Dungy didn't have to be a screamer. A soft word sent a stronger message than a loud scream. In his NFL career, Dungy made the playoffs 11 times, and is the first African American Head Coach to win the Super Bowl.
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