By Romi Bean

CANTON, Ohio (CBS4) – The wait is finally over for John Lynch. After being named a finalist for eight consecutive years, Lynch can now call himself a Hall of Famer.

Over his 15-year-long career in the NFL, Lynch was named to the Pro Bowl nine times, including four as a Denver Bronco.

John Lynch on Oct. 24, 2016 in Denver standing next to his Broncos Ring of Fame statue (credit: CBS)

After spending eleven years and winning a Super Bowl as a Tampa Bay Bucanneer, Lynch joined the Broncos in 2004 and immediately became a key leader on defense. Lynch twice led the Broncos to the postseason, and in 2005 helped the club reach the AFC Championship game.

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Lynch is a two-time first-team All-Pro and a two-time second-team All Pro.. The former free safety was selected to the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2016. He is also in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.

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Lynch is currently serving as the General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers. In 2019, the Pro Football Writers of America voted him Executive of the Year.

Romi Bean