Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 9/27/12

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 21: Warren Sapp #99 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers points to the stands against the Atlanta Falcons on September 21, 2003 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons 31-10. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that Warren Sapp and John Lynch played huge roles in the success of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Today, their careers have been acknowledged by being nominated for 2013′s Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The list, which contains 127 nominees, also includes three other members from that memorable Super Bowl run for the Bucs: Lomas Brown, Keyshawn Johnson and Keenan McCardell. While they all respectively had a hand in the Bucs’ 2002 season, no other eligible players are more notable than Sapp and Lynch.

Warren Sapp was the 12th overall pick for the Bucs in 1995. During his time with Tampa Bay, he recorded 77 sacks. He ranks second on the Bucs all-time sack list and is 1.5 short of all-time leader Lee Roy Selmon. Sapp would go on to be a seven-time Pro Bowler as a member of the Buccaneers.

John Lynch was drafted in the third round of the 1993 draft by the Buccaneers. From 1993 to 2003, Lynch was a five-time Pro Bowler as a Buccaneer and a four-time All-Pro selection during his time with the Bucs. The man known best for his bone crushing hits on opponents also managed to record 23 interceptions with Tampa Bay, ranking him sixth on the Bucs all-time list.

There will undoubtedly be more names to come from that Buccaneers’ defense that helped lift the team into NFL supremacy. For now, as first ballot nominees, Sapp and Lynch represent the Bucs organization respectively well.

(Tampa Tribune Photo)

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