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John Lynch, Brian Dawkins named 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

Posted Jan 2, 2018

John Lynch has been a Hall of Fame finalist for five consecutive years.

The Denver Broncos’ small group of Pro Football Hall of Famers could grow again in 2018.

Ring of Famer John Lynch was announced as a modern-era finalist for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class on Tuesday. This is Lynch's fifth straight year as a finalist for the Hall of Fame.

Lynch arrived in Denver in 2004 after 11 outstanding seasons with the Buccaneers, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVVII and earned five Pro Bowl trips, three First-Team All-Pro selections and one Second-Team All-Pro pick.

The heavy-hitting safety joined Champ Bailey in the Broncos' defensive backfield, immediately making Denver's passing defense one of the league's  most formidable units. Though Lynch only played in Denver for four seasons, he made the most of his time as a Bronco, earning four more Pro Bowl nods.

Lynch was inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame and Buccaneers' Ring of Honor in 2016.

But Lynch isn't the only former Bronco who could enter the Hall of Fame in 2018.  

Brian Dawkins, who played for the Broncos from 2009-11 after 13 years with the Eagles, is also a finalist. Dawkins was a nine-time Pro Bowler, including two selections during his time with the Broncos, and he was a four-time First-Team All-Pro with two Second-Team All-Pro selections. 

Ty Law, a member of the 2009 Broncos with Dawkins, was also selected as a finalist.

The Hall of Fame's Selection Committee will decide whether they will be part of this year's class on the Saturday before the Super Bowl.