The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the date that they have chosen to honor their former safety John Lynch. Lynch played his first 11 seasons with the Bucs after being drafted in 1993 in the third round. The Stanford product cemented himself as one of the best defensive players in franchise history ranking in the top 10 in several categories. Lynch currently ranks fifth in the NFL in tackles with 973, sixth in interceptions with 23 and fifth in games played with 164.
Lynch will be honored November 3 on Thursday Night Football when the Bucs face division rival Atlanta Falcons. This game will also be the Buccaneers' second "Color Rush" game, following 2015's matchup against the Rams.
Lynch retired in 2007 after playing his final four seasons with the Denver Broncos and is still eligible for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Though he has not yet made the final cut, he most recently made the final 15 in 2015 and the final 10 in 2016's round of voting. Should Lynch get the Hall call, he would be the first pure safety who played after 1981 to be inducted.