When the Denver Broncos unveiled the newest inductees to the Ring of Fame there was one name that seemed to be a bit out of place. Jason Elam is hugely worthy and Simon Fletcher's induction was long overdue. Then there was John Lynch who played for the Broncos for four seasons and helped those mid-2000s teams achieve tremendous success.
Team President, Joe Ellis, gave his reasoning behind the selection saying, "The final member is John Lynch, who played for us for only four years, but made four Pro Bowls, was a great leader and had a terrific season in 2005. One of the leaders on defense. One win short of the Super Bowl that year. Four years, four Pro Bowls as I said, and a great ambassador for the team. All of us felt unanimously—in every case—that John and the other two all deserved very much so to be in the Ring of Fame."
He made the Pro Bowl every year he was in Denver and will likely end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His work in the community may also have played a large role in this decision. Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive debated whether or not Lynch should be in the Ring of Fame.
They felt Lynch did enough. While it's hard to disagree with that sentiment, I just feel it came a little early and ahead of more worthy players from recent memory. One name that jumps out at me is Al Wilson. He absolutely is remembered by fans as one of the greatest middle linebackers in Broncos history and he played quite a few more impactful years than Lynch did. Another name is Mike Shanahan. How can Dan Reeves be in there, but not the greatest head coach in team history?
These are just the arguments going through my mind against Lynch going in this year. Is he Broncos Ring of Fame worthy? Probably, but not over a couple of the other options out there. That's just my opinion.
Bonus Listen #1
Eric and Les discuss the Ring of Fame debate with former Broncos offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus.
Bonus Listen #2
Former Colorado Buff and former New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Chad Brown joins in on the Ring of Fame debate with Eric and Les.