Former Broncos safety, now FOX broadcaster John Lynch was sitting in a conference room at Dove Valley waiting to speak with quarterback Peyton Manning as part of his preparations for his broadcast of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay, when he received some unexpected news.
Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Saccomano, a friend of Lynch from their time spent together in the Broncos organization, walked in and happily informed him that he is one of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“He made me a little nervous because he said, ‘Congratulations — but let me check,” Lynch laughed. “And he backtracked a little bit. But then he brought the sheet in (to prove it), and it’s all good.”
Saccomano didn’t mean to make Lynch nervous, but the pair laughed about it afterwards.
“I had looked at it and saw his name, so I immediately ran in and told him,” said Saccomano, a part of the Broncos for more than three decades. “And then I joked with him, and said I hope It wasn’t John something else that started with an L. And then I ran and got the full list and gave it to him.”
Lynch said he was humbled by the news, and will cherish the accomplishment as he waits for the Selection Committee to narrow the group down to 15 in January. As Lynch said, it’s out of his control.
“My job interview was the 15 years I played,” Lynch said. “Now, you sit back and you’re humbled that you are in the company of these names.”