I guess he was pretty good. But let's compare Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate John Lynch to another "pretty good" Safety who will never even come close to being nominated to the Hall of Fame...the Packers' LeRoy Butler.
John Lynch (Tampa Bay Buccanneers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots)
|John Lynch Hoisting The Hardware|
9x Pro Bowl
3x All Pro (1st Team)
1x All Pro (2nd Team)
1x Superbowl Champion (1 Appearance)
16 FF (8 recovered)
89 Passes Defended
1051 tackles (4.7 per game)
|LeRoy Butler Inventing The Leap|
4x Pro Bowl
4x All Pro (1st Team)
90's All Decade Team
1x Superbowl Champion (2 Appearances)
11 FF (8 recovered)
95 Passes Defended
1 INT Return TD (Culminating in the invention of the Lambeau Leap)
726 tackles (4 per game)
So in 43 less games, Butler has 7.5 more sacks, 12 more INTs, 6 more passes defensed and a TD, while Lynch forced 5 more fumbles. Who's the Hall of Fame nominee here?
This somehow resulted in 5 more trips to the Pro Bowl for Lynch? Based on fan voting, no doubt. Lynch always had a pretty amazing media presence, whereas LeRoy kept to himself. That will ultimately be Butler's undoing when it comes to enshrinement. It'll never happen.
Another guy who probably deserves the Hall of Fame more than Lynch? Steve Atwater! But that's another story.
|2x Super Bowl Champion, 8x Pro Bowler, 3x All Pro, 90's All Decade Team, 1180 Tackles, 24 INT|