TAMPA — Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist and nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch will be the next member of the Bucs' Ring of Honor.
The Bucs have scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. Friday to announce that Lynch will become the ninth member of the franchise to have their name added to Raymond James Stadium.
The date of Lynch's induction ceremony will be determined with the release of the NFL schedule in April.
Lynch, 44, among the hardest hitters in NFL history, earned five Pro Bowl selections with the Bucs before he was released by the team in 2004. He returned to the NFL all-star game each of his four seasons with the Broncos.
Lynch and former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy are among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016, which will be revealed Feb. 6, the eve of Super Bowl 50.
Lynch will join a Ring of Honor that includes former teammates Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Paul Gruber and Mike Alstott along with Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay, Jimmie Giles and Doug Williams.