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Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Keenan McCardell nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Warren Sapp leads an impressive trio of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have been nominated to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

When talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and some of the best players to ever wear the uniform, Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Keenan McCardell are three names that are sure to come up in any conversation. All three are among the 13 first-year eligible, modern-era candidates who have been nominated for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Lynch was a staple in the Buccaneers secondary from 1993 to 2003, while Sapp anchored the defensive line from 1995 to 2003. McCardell spent the bulk of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars but suited up for Tampa during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. All three received championship rings when the Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, in Superbowl XXXVII.

Of course, a mere nomination doesn't mean that all three will get in. There is an actual vote that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, the day before SuperBowl XLVII during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee's annual meeting. The results will then be announced during a live announcement show immediately following the meeting.

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