49ers' John Lynch, Bryant Young do not make Pro Football Hall of Fame

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49ers' John Lynch, Bryant Young do not make Pro Football Hall of Fame

MIAMI, Fla. -- John Lynch was hoping for a “pretty cool weekend."

But the 49ers general manager can still pick up the greatest consolation prize possible.

Lynch made it into the final 10 among modern-era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday but was not one of the five chosen for induction into the Class of 2020.

Former 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young was a first-time finalist, but he was eliminated from consideration for induction this year when the remaining modern-era candidates were cut from 15 to the final 10.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday announced the following group of modern-era inductees for the Class of 2020: Running back Edgerrin James, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, guard Steve Hutchinson, and safeties Steve Atwater and Troy Polamalu.

Bruce, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, finished his career with a two-season stint with the 49ers after playing his first 14 seasons with the Rams. He ranks 13th all-time with 1,024 receptions and fifth with 15,208 receiving yards.

This was Lynch’s seventh time in the final 15 in his eight years of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.

"I believe my time will come," Lynch tweeted upon learning he was not elected.

Lynch is in his third season as 49ers GM. He and coach Kyle Shanahan have done a remarkable job of building the team's roster. The team meets the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV.

A nine-time Pro Bowl selection as a safety with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, Lynch also was twice elected All-Pro. His first year as a finalist for the Hall of Fame was 2014. Each of the other 14 finalists that year has made it into the Hall of Fame.

Lynch said Thursday the anticipation of the Hall of Fame vote was easier to deal with this year because his mind had been preoccupied with the 49ers playing in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I think it probably makes it a little easier, because my mind is elsewhere,” Lynch said at the time. “My mind’s on doing anything I can do, and at this point, there’s not a whole lot. But with the Super Bowl there are so many details that are popping up on just getting to practice and where we’re going and all of that.”

Young is the 49ers’ career leader in sacks with 89.5. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade second team for the 1990s while being a two-time first-team All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Young was in his eighth year of eligibility, and he received support this week from some of his former rivals. Young will be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame this year, 49ers president Al Guido announced on Friday.

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The group of James, Bruce, Hutchinson, Atwater and Polamalu will be among 20 individuals enshrined this year as part of an expanded centennial class.

Previously elected by a blue-ribbon panel were tackles Jim Covert, Duke Slater, and Winston Hill, receiver Harold Carmichael, end Mac Speedie, linebacker Ed Sprinkle, defensive tackle Alex Karras, safeties Cliff Harris, Bobby Dillon and Donnie Shell, coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson, executive George Young, commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Steve Sabol of NFL Films.

John Lynch's weekend includes 49ers in Super Bowl 54, Hall of Fame vote

John Lynch's weekend includes 49ers in Super Bowl 54, Hall of Fame vote

MIAMI, Fla. -- John Lynch is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a seventh consecutive year.

He has experienced the letdown in each of the past six years after making it to the final 15, only to be informed that he was not one of the five modern-era candidates elected into the Hall of Fame.

This week, however, is a lot different for him.

As the third-year general manager of the 49ers, Lynch’s weekend is packed with significant moments. First, the Hall of Fame vote occurs Saturday. Then, the 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV.

“It could make for a pretty cool weekend,” Lynch said.

Lynch was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection as a safety with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. He was twice elected All-Pro. His first year as a finalist for the Hall of Fame was 2014. Each of the other 14 finalists that year has made it into the Hall of Fame.

Ordinarily, it makes for a stressful few days. But Lynch has a lot of other duties this week to keep him occupied.

“I think it probably makes it a little easier, because my mind is elsewhere,” Lynch said. “My mind’s on doing anything I can do, and at this point, there’s not a whole lot. But with the Super Bowl there are so many details that are popping up on just getting to practice and where we’re going and all of that.

"Just making sure we’re making it as normal as possible for these guys.”

Lynch credits the 49ers logistics team of Steve Risser and Mike Slap for handling a good portion of the behind-the-scenes work, including getting more than 1,500 employees and guests to Miami to enjoy the experience.

Lynch also is trying to enjoy the activities and get-togethers that Hall of Fame president David Baker has arranged for all the finalists.

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“The Hall does a very nice job, starting (Thursday) of doing a series of events, David Baker and that staff,” he said. “You used to just show up, and you’re in or you’re out. And if you’re out, just get on a plane and go home. See you later.

“Fortunately, this year, my mind is occupied and I’ve got a lot of other duties and so I haven’t thought about it a whole lot. But I have thought that it could be a very special weekend.”

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (8:30 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday).

Also tune in at 1 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday for a two-hour special of "49ers Pregame Live" with Laura Britt, Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia, Ian Williams, Kelli Johnson, Greg Papa and Grant Liffmann. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on "49ers Postgame Live," starting immediately after the game.

Why Richard Sherman believes Eli Manning is no-doubt Hall of Famer

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Why Richard Sherman believes Eli Manning is no-doubt Hall of Famer

MIAMI, Fla. -- Last Friday, Eli Manning officially retired from the NFL after a 16-year career with the New York Giants. 

Manning has been a lightning rod for debate for most of his career. The quarterback came into the league by declaring he wouldn't play for the San Diego Chargers if they drafted him No. 1 overall. He went on to win two Super Bowl titles, beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots both times. He had a number of unspectacular years, some due to the lack of talent surrounding him and others due to his penchant for turning the ball over. 

The younger brother of Peyton, Eli finished his career at an even 117-117. Once news of his retirement broke, the debate about whether or not Eli Manning will find himself enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day immediately took off. 

To the detractors, his years of mediocre play and the fact that he never was one of the elite quarterbacks in the game means he should have to sit outside and Canton and wonder about what life is like in the immortal hall. 

But to others, Richard Sherman included, Eli Manning belongs in the Hall. 

"I do think Eli is a Hall of Famer," Sherman said Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night as the 49ers prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. "I think people underestimate what it means to run through the Super Bowl as an away team. There's a reason so few low seeds have ever won a Super Bowl. And I would say his two teams he's done it with are probably 30 to 40 percent of the low seeds that have won Super Bowls. And for that alone he deserves."

"And he's played at a high level," Sherman continued. "The teams haven't always been great, he hasn't always been surrounded by talent and when he has he's played pretty well. But to run through the playoffs and beat some of the teams he beat, and then to beat the greatest quarterback of all-time twice, and two of the best teams of all-time. He beat an undefeated team who had Randy Moss on it who had just come off a record-breaking season. 

"Like, who does that? How do you do that? And so for those reasons, I believe he's a Hall of Famer. Those are Hall of Fame things. You can't not put that guy in the Hall of Fame."

Per usual, Sherman hit the nail on the head.

In the seeding era, seven teams have won the Super Bowl that were seeded fourth or lower. Manning's Giants were two of them. 

He didn't have the raw numbers of Dan Marino or the everlasting greatness of the man he beat twice on the biggest stage, Tom Brady. But Eli Manning was one of the best clutch playoff performers in recent NFL history. 

During the run to his first Super Bowl title in the 2007 playoffs, Manning knocked off Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round before beating Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers in a frigid NFC Championship Game. 

Then, in the 2011 playoffs, he beat Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in the wild-card round before again knocking off Aaron Rodgers in Lambeau Field and then beating the 49ers in the NFC title game at Candlestick Park. 

Both times, Brady and the Patriots were waiting for him. Both times, Manning snatched the Lombardi Trophy away from Bill Belichick and the NFL's evil empire. 

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Manning's escape act and subsequent prayer to David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII was a "where were you" moment in sports history. His throw to Mario Manningham in Super Bowl XLVI was one of best throws in Super Bowl history (no, that isn't hyperbole).

Eli Manning's Hall of Fame case was made long ago. All that's left, is to make the bust. 

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Saturday).

Also tune in at 1 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday for a two-hour special of "49ers Pregame Live" with Laura Britt, Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia, Ian Williams, Kelli Johnson, Greg Papa and Grant Liffmann. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on "49ers Postgame Live," starting immediately after the game.