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John Lynch on short list for Hall of Fame

Times staff and wires

Former Bucs safety John Lynch is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Lynch, the 49ers GM , played 11 of his 15 seasons with Tampa Bay and was a nine-time Pro Bowler.

"Humbled, Honored, Thankful and Blessed! Congratulations to the other finalists," Lynch wrote on Twitter.

Former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber and defensive end Simeon Rice did not make the cut.

Lynch joins linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, center Kevin Mawae, guards Steve Hutchison and Alan Faneca, tackles Joe Jacoby and Tony Boselli, receivers Randy Moss, Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens, safety Brian Dawkins, running back Edgerrin James, and cornerbacks Ty Law and Everson Walls as modern-era finalists.

The seniors committee has nominated guard Jerry Kramer and linebacker Robert Brazile. The contributor's nominee is Bobby Beathard, a former general manager and administrator for five franchises.

Voting by the Hall of Fame selectors will be Feb. 3 in Minneapolis. Inductions will be in August at the Canton, Ohio, shrine.

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