Bucs’ John Lynch, Ronde Barber, Simeon Rice back on Hall of Fame ballot

From left, Ronde Barber, John Lynch and Simeon Rice. [Times files]
From left, Ronde Barber, John Lynch and Simeon Rice. [Times files]
Published September 13 2018

Three members of the Bucs' Super Bowl XXXVII championship defense are back on the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Safety John Lynch, cornerback Ronde Barber and defensive end Simeon Rice are among 102 nominees for the Class of 2019.

Lynch has been a finalist for the past five years. Barber and Rice were both semifinalists last year.

Barber is the only player in NFL history with at least 45 interceptions and at least 25 sacks. Lynch, who played 11 of his 15 seasons with the Bucs, is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection who had 26 career interceptions and 16 forced fumbles. Rice ranks 20th on the all-time list with 122 sacks.

Other players on the ballot with ties to the Bucs: quarterback Jeff Garcia (2007-08), tackle Lomas Brown (2002), safety Thomas Everett (1994-95) and punter Sean Landeta (1997).

The list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January. Final balloting for the five modern-era finalists will take place the day before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

Former Bucs defensive tackles Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp, linebacker Derrick Brooks and head coach Tony Dungy are currently enshrined in the Hall.

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