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Ex-Bucs await Hall vote: Who's most worthy?


Published:   |   Updated: January 31, 2014 at 01:30 PM

Which former Buc is most deserving of election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Derrick Brooks
43%
Tony Dungy
6%
John Lynch
4%
All should be elected
47%

Total Votes: 369

They each played crucial roles in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' only Super Bowl championship and have gone on to success long after their days in pewter and red.

Now, it's up to Pro Football Hall of Fame voters to determine whether their NFL contributions are worthy of enshrinement in Canton, Ohio.

Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy and John Lynch are among 15 finalists, and on Saturday, they will find out if they are among five possible selections elected into the hall, joining former Bucs Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp.

For 14 seasons, in orange or pewter, Brooks didn't miss a game. He established himself as the prototypical weak-side linebacker in the Tampa 2 defense, earning 11 Pro Bowl berths.

Dungy guided the 1997 Bucs to the playoffs, turning around a losing culture and ending a 15-year postseason franchise drought, while developing the Tampa 2 scheme that remains prevalent. He led Tampa Bay to the 1999 NFC Championship Game before leading the 2006 Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory against the Bears, then coached by current Bucs coach Lovie Smith.

In 11 seasons with the Bucs, Lynch became one of the faces of the franchise, a jaw-rattling strong safety, an unquestioned leader, an eloquent spokesman and a generous contributor to the community. When the Bucs released him in 2004, citing concerns about a neck injury, Lynch signed with the Denver Broncos, where he made four consecutive Pro Bowls, adding to the five selections achieved in Tampa.

How do you see the Hall vote shaking out? Will one or all three be voted in, and who has the best chance? Tell us in the comments below.

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