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A Look Back At The Sights and Sounds From Ty Law’s Hall of Fame Induction

Robert Alvarez
August 9, 2019 at 12:05 am ET

Last Saturday night, former New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law was formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Take a look back at Law’s special night with some sights and sounds shared over social media.

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A few old teammates and some current Patriots made the trip to support Law on his big night.

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Congrats @officialtylaw on the HOF #earned

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New England Patriots News 8-04, AFC East Notes

Steve Balestrieri
August 4, 2019 at 5:00 am ET

Good morning, here is your Sunday Patriots news 08-04 and AFC East notes this week. 

Training Camp is in full swing and the Patriots are on the road today, heading to Canton, Ohio for a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and then on to Detroit where they’ll begin three joint practices with the Lions before their preseason game with them on Thursday.

Check back with us frequently on PatsFans.com as we’ll continue to post training camp updates as well as breaking news. 

 Quick Hitters:

Tom Brady – celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday and the team was given the day off. In past years, the fans at training camp serenaded Brady with Happy Birthday but didn’t get the opportunity to do so this year. In his 20th training camp, he still is going strong and the competitive fire still burns bright for him. 

Ty Law – was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last night. Some of his biggest moments came in the biggest games. No one can ever forget his playoff game against the Colts where he intercepted Peyton Manning three times or his pick-six of  Kurt Warner in the Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams. Well deserved.

Ed Reed – was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last night. We all know the mad respect that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady had on him as a player. Reed said this week that he’d love to coach again and …[This must make Ravens fans cringe], he said, “I would love for it to just be with the Patriots.”

Isaiah Wynn – is making slow but welcome progress as the team began easing him into team drills this Friday, the first such development in his return from an Achilles injury last year at this time. Perhaps he should have used deer antler spray?

Martez Ivey – The big 6’5, 315 lb offensive lineman from Florida was signed by the Patriots this week as the team waived Cole Croston. Despite 31 starts for a perennial powerhouse, Ivey’s footwork and hand placement were always an issue. He’s a longshot to make the roster but we’ve seen what Dante Scarnecchia can do 

Josh Gordon Applies For Re-instatement:

Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. Now the NFL must decide whether or not to reinstate Gordon and if he should be suspended for any further time.

The NFL suspended Gordon indefinitely late in the 2018 regular season for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the league’s drug policy. Gordon last played in the NFL in Week 15 of the 2018 season against the Steelers. 

The Patriots, hopefull of a possible return by Gordon, placed a second-round tender on him this spring. In 11 games in 2018, Gordon caught 40 passes, for 720 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots. Now we wait and see what comes out of Park Avenue.

Jakobi Meyers Enters a Big Week After An Impressive Start to Camp:

With the first eight practices in Foxboro in the books, the Patriots move on to joint practices with the Lions this week.  This is a big week for many of the players but for UDFA Jakobi Meyers it is another chance to shine. 

And shine he has thru the early stages of training camp. The former QB now wide receiver would be on the 53-man roster if the cutdown was today. That’s why this week against the Lions in practices and then on Thursday in the first preseason game is so important. Bill Belichick spoke highly of the progress Meyers has made thus far.

“He’s a smart kid and he understands, and has versatility, understands the offense,” Belichick said. “Like any rookie, any young player, there’s a lot of things he needs to work on technique-wise — recognition, route adjustments — just a lot of fine points. He basically knows what to do, but there are a lot of subtleties and nuances that all receivers need to pick up — certainly in our offense — and he’s doing that.

“There’s more that we’ve had to get down, but he’s making progress there. Whether that comes from his quarterback background, or his experience, or his intelligence, or his learning, I’m not really sure. But that’s not really an issue. He’s a smart kid, and he learns well.”

His hard work and grasp of learning the offensive playbook have earned him more reps with the starting unit and QB Tom Brady and he’s been making the most of them. Late in practices, the Patriots go to their hurry-up or two-minute offense. And Brady has developed a bit of chemistry with the rookie, going in his direction three times in the past two sessions, completing all three passes. 

Meyers made what many are calling the best play in camp so far on Thursday. Jarrett Stidham threw a jump ball to Meyers between two defenders. Meyers tipped the ball over the defender’s head to himself and hauled it in for a huge play. 

Meyers’ versatility, he can play outside or in the slot is always a welcome asset to have in New England. He’s bigger than most slot receivers at 6’2, 202 and his quarterback’s background has definitely helped his development. He understands the route concepts of the plays from the QB’s perspective which is of tremendous help in knowing the adjustments the WRs must make in the Patriots intricate system. He’s not all the way there yet, but he’s making some serious strides. 

On Friday, Brady threw to Meyers twice before he made his break, something that shows Brady already trusts him to be where he has to be when he has to be there. That level of trust isn’t easily earned from #12. Belichick was asked about his learning curve earlier this week. 

“The more you learn, the more you know, the more you can understand about what you do, what the people around you do, what the defense is doing, what the people on the other side of the ball are doing,” Belichick said. “I mean, that’s all good. That’s all eventually going to work to your advantage, the more you can understand the big picture and all of it.

“It’s hard to get everything the first time around, sometimes the third, fourth time around you hear things, or you hear things said to the guy next to you, or maybe the defender that’s across from you. You hear the coach correcting him, and it just helps you learn more about the overall of your position, the area that you’re involved in. 

“I think we have a lot of guys on our team that fall into that category, but understanding the big picture is certainly the goal, more than just memorizing an assignment. I mean, you have to know what to do, but the more you can understand the total concept of what’s going on, then really the easier it is to execute.”

Meyers developed quite a rapport with QB Ryan Finley at NC State catching 62 passes in his junior year and 92 passes last fall. It certainly seems like he’s on his way to carving out a role for himself in the Patriots offense with Brady. That’s why this week will be intriguing to watch how he does in Detroit. 

Sony Michel and Damian Harris Making Big Strides in the Passing Game:

One of the more intriguing developments over the last week of training camp has been the emergence of both Sony Michel and rookie Damien Harris in the passing game. Michel had a very good rookie season running the ball, followed by an outstanding playoff run where he gained over 330 yards and scored six touchdowns in three playoff games. James White has traditionally given the team outstanding production in the passing game. 

What is intriguing is that with an increased role in the passing game, the Patriots would have four running backs who can be viable targets that opponents must account for [Rex Burkhead, currently dinged up is the fourth]. The team was putting both Michel and Harris in motion a lot more in the past few sessions, getting them a freer release.

With a new WR corps and without Julian Edelman for the first few weeks of training camp, this development gives Tom Brady more valuable weapons in the passing game. With four very good running backs, the Patriots can mix and match and create matchup nightmare scenarios for the opposing defenses. 

Harris, a rookie from Alabama wasn’t asked to do a lot of receiving in college but has very good hands and is an excellent pass blocker. Michel only had 11 targets in his rookie season…that is about to change.

Patriots Sign WR Cameron Meredith And Immediately Place Him on PUP:

The Patriots signed former Bears and Saints WR Cameron Meredith this week after he was released with an injury designation from the Saints. The 6’3, 207 WR was signed by the Bears as an UDFA in 2015. His breakout season was 2016 when he caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four TDs. He missed all of 2017 with an injury and was with the Saints last year catching nine passes for 114 yards and a score in six games. 

The Patriots aren’t rushing him back and plan to work on him strengthening his knee as well as improving flexibility before he’ll be put on the field. Therefore, they immediately placed him on PUP. He can be removed at any time if he’s deemed healthy enough.

Per Doug Kyed of NESN, If the Patriots don’t remove Meredith from the PUP list by the Aug. 31 cutdown date, then he would revert to regular-season PUP and no longer takes a spot on the Patriots’ roster. Meredith then could begin practicing after the Patriots’ sixth regular-season game. If he didn’t begin practicing within a five-week window, he would be shut down for the rest of the season. If Meredith begins practicing within that five-week window, the Patriots would have a 21-day window to activate him to the 53-man roster.

So, Meredith can either begin practicing in the next 27 days or the team will place him on PUP where he can get healthy and possibly provide mid-season help at the position. It was a low-risk, high reward signing. 

Kyle Van Noy the 1st Guest on Patriots Off-Topic:

The Patriots website have created a new podcast called “Patriots Off-Topic” which deals with the stories of the players and their interests off the field. Hosted by Patriots social media coordinators Angelique Fisk and Mackenzie Knoop, it is a different type of podcast and their first stab at it was breaking some new ground.

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy was their very first guest who spoke about being a father, starting his Van Noy Valor Foundation and being at the ESPYs. Van Noy who was adopted spoke about his wife’s father and brother who were both adopted and their work with foster kids. 

It is slated to be a regular podcast on the team’s schedule this season. Give it a listen on the link.

Eastbound and Down AFC East Notes:

Beasley, Having “ A lot More Fun for the Bills” Than in Dallas: 

When the Buffalo Bills signed slot receiver Cole Beasley, we’ve said quite a few times that Buffalo would try to carve out a role for him similar to what the Patriots do with Julian Edelman. Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll spent a few years here in New England and it seemed like a no-brainer. 

Well, after more than a week of training camp, Beasley is just loving his time in upstate New York and especially the way he’s being used in the offense. And it doesn’t sound like he’s homesick for the Cowboys.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Beasley said, on the NFL Network. “I wanted more opportunities. I wanted more options. I wanted more freedom in my routes. And [Brian] Daboll has done a great job of giving me those things and it’s created a lot of opportunity for me here. He added, “It’s been a lot more fun playing out there with the guys.”

It sounds like Daboll is incorporating a lot of the same offensive plays that the Patriots run from Daboll’s comments.

“When you’re given the freedom that I am in this offense, you have to be very definitive in the way you run your routes and your breaks,” Beasley said, in the NFL segment. “I have some routes where I can go five different directions and make a decision at the top [of the route]. I just can’t go one way and then make a decision late to go someplace else or it’s going to be an interception.

“So there is a lot of pressure on me for that, but that’s exactly how I wanted it and that’s why I came here.”

“I’m just glad to be [Buffalo] where it’s 100 percent about ball and not a show or a brand,” Beasley said last month. “It’s purer here. I’m proud to be part of something like that.”

Dolphins Pro Football Hall of Famer Buoniconti Dies at 78:

The Miami Dolphins lost a legend last week. Nick Buoniconti, an undersized, over-achieving linebacker passed away at the age of 78. Buoniconti began his career with the Boston Patriots. He was a six-time All-Star with the Patriots before moving on to Miami in 1969.

Buoniconti was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won two Super Bowl titles with the Dolphins in 1972, with the 17-0 team, and 1973. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. He was the leader of the Dolphins “No-Name Defense.” He played for Miami from 1969-1974, and then in 1976. 

“Nick was the leader of our defense and another coach on the field,” said safety Dick Anderson. “You combine him with our defense coach, Bill Arnsparger, and you know why he always bragged that we made just 11 mental errors on defense during the entire perfect season of 1972. We just had to go where they told us to go and make the play.”

“Nick was special to me in every way. He was someone I greatly admired,” said Don Shula, Dolphins coach during his playing career.”… His groundbreaking work with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis [after his son Marc was paralyzed playing football] has made a huge difference in the lives of so many people. I am thankful to have had Nick in my life. I will miss him.” RIP

Jets Sign Center Ryan Kalil:

The New York Jets agreed to terms with former Carolina Panther Ryan Kalil on a one-year deal worth up to $8.4 million on Thursday.

This is a big move as Kalil is a big upgrade over Jonathan Harrison. However, he did suffer a serious neck injury in 2017 and that could play a factor in his effectiveness down the road. But GM Joe Douglas has been working for nearly two months to get the veteran center to come out of retirement. 

Kalil is a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro at the position. But serious injuries to his shoulder and neck led to a decline in his effectiveness. Kalil was on to his second career as a Hollywood producer [worked with Will Farrell for an NFL spoof], and felt that after a year, his body was healed up enough to give the NFL one more go around.

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“We have a lot of things that we need to work on, in every area of the team; everything. So I don’t think I feel good about anything right now. I don’t feel necessarily bad about it. We’ll see how it is. Start to find out when we’re in competitive situations in the next couple weeks. Might not really know where we are on some things until the middle of the season. I don’t know, we’ll see.” Bill Belichick on 8-1

“So, how was your week?”

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VIDEO: Robert Kraft Hosts Third Annual “Touchdown In Israel” Trip

Robert Alvarez
June 19, 2019 at 10:30 am ET

For the third time during his ownership of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft brought NFL players on a special trip to Israel.

On this most recent journey, eight current Patriots and seven alumni accompanied Kraft to help promote the game of football while providing inspiration to future generations of fans in Israel.

Check out their first day in the country courtesy of the Patriots Twitter account below.

Current Patriots players Stephon Gilmore, David Andrews, Joe Thuney, Isaiah Wynn, Brandon King, and Nate Ebner all made the trip.

They were joined by former Patriots Andre Tippett, Drew Bledsoe, Jerod Mayo, Ty Law, and Vince Wilfork.

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According to the Associated Press, Kraft will also receive the Genesis Prize on Thursday while in Jerusalem.

ICYMI PHOTOS: Ty Law Poses For Pro Football Hall Of Fame Bust

Robert Alvarez
May 2, 2019 at 11:25 pm ET

Former New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law will be formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 3rd, 2019.

Law selection marks the fifth Patriot to be permanently enshrined at the Hall of Fame.

On his Instagram account this week, Law shared photos from his session with the artist creating his bronze bust sculpture

Check out a behind the scenes look at the process to create the statues for football’s greatest players below.

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VIDEO: Ty Law “Flashback Friday” Look Back To The Super Bowl XXXVI Parade

Robert Alvarez
March 29, 2019 at 5:45 pm ET

Ty Law reflected back on his first Super Bowl championship parade in February 2002 on Instagram Friday.

“Stepping into the weekend like (dance emoji’s)” Law wrote in a “flashback friday” Instagram post.

Check out Law reenacting his Super Bowl pick six and then breaking out some dance moves with Troy Brown.

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Law will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this summer.

VIDEO: Ty Law Visits Pro Football Hall of Fame

Robert Alvarez
March 7, 2019 at 9:04 pm ET

Ty Law got his fist taste of being a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Over the weekend, Law took a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with fellow Class of 2019 member Johnny Robinson.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame documented his trip over Instagram.

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Law joins tight end Tony Gonzalez, safety Ed Reed, center Kevin Mawae, cornerback Champ Bailey, safety Johnny Robinson, owner Pat Bowlen, and
former Dallas Cowboys Vice President of player personnel Gil Brandt in the Class of 2019.

Law will be formally inducted on August 3rd, 2019.

VIDEO: On 25 Year Anniversary Of Buying Team, Patriots Hall of Famers Thank Robert Kraft

Robert Alvarez
January 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET

January 21st will mark the 25th anniversary of Robert Kraft’s purchase of the New England Patriots from James Orthwein.

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To honor the occasion, a few Patriots team Hall of Famer members shared some personal congratulatory messages to Mr. Kraft.

For more on the anniversary, be sure to also check out a new story by PatsFans own Bob George highlighting some of most seminal moments in Patriots history.

VIDEO: Ty Law Makes Appearance On “The Rich Eisen Show”

Robert Alvarez
August 18, 2018 at 11:55 am ET

Former New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law sat down on Rich Eisen’s Audience Network program on Wednesday to chat about his playing career and shared a never before told story from the infamous “Tuck Rule game” against the Oakland Raiders.

Check out the full interview below.

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New England Patriots News 2-5, AFC East Notes

Steve Balestrieri
February 5, 2017 at 5:00 am ET

Good morning, here are Sunday’s Patriots news 2-5. No AFC East Notes for this week as we’re on to the Super Bowl. We’ll have them back next week.

Well, the Super Bowl is finally here and the Patriots and Falcons square off later today for the right to lift the Lombardi Trophy as Champions of SB LI.

This is a good time to look back at the journey that the 2016 season truly was. It began in the spring workouts of the OTAs and minicamp and continued right thru the preseason and into the regular season and the playoffs.

It seems like ages ago when we made the trek down to Gillette for the first real look at the team during the minicamp workouts. From our first looks at free agent signing Chris Hogan and Martellus Bennett, then the scramble for a second look at photos because Tom Brady wasn’t wearing an NFL sticker on his helmet…. Yes, we’ve come that far.

Tom Brady raised a stir in mini-camp and training camp for not having an NFL sticker on his helmet. (SBalestrieri photo)

Ty Law Comes up Short in NFL HOF Vote:
Former Patriot great CB Ty Law won’t be getting fitted for his gold jacket just yet. Although we here feel that Law is more than qualified, he came up short in his bid for the NFL Hall of Fame released on Saturday night.

He wasn’t alone, along with Law, Terrell Owens, John Lynch, and Brian Dawkins all failed to generate enough votes for induction in 2017. Hopefully, Law will get the votes and have someone like Ron Borges advocate for him in 2018.

Belichick Again Pushed the Right Buttons:
Every season, as soon as a big move is made, writers and fans can’t wait to jump all over the “GM Bill is hurting the Coach Bill” in regards to Bill Belichick. By now, you’d think that Belichick would gain a little bit of leeway in these matters but you’d be mistaken.

At the first sign of letting players go, the lines begin at the Tobin Bridge as “this is the year they fall” begins in earnest. The Patriots traded Chandler Jones to the Cardinals and later released former top draft pick, Dominique Easley. The defense was going to fail, “where’s the pass rush coming from”… you remember?

Conventional thinking was, Jones was all that was needed to push a Cardinals team over the top in the NFC. Belichick was roasted for this one. But although Jonathan Cooper was released and benefitted nothing in return there, the draft pick turned into two and the Patriots got both Joe Thuney and Malcolm Mitchell in the draft. And the money they saved on the salary cap allowed them to sign Chris Long in free agency.

Next Bill traded LB Jamie Collins to the NFL equivalent of Siberia in the Cleveland Browns in an attempt to shake up the defense. This WAS surely the death knell for the defense in 2016, right? Wrong. The team turned it around and finished as the #1 defense in terms of points allowed in the NFL. Still, the naysayers had to find a dark cloud in there and feel compelled to point out the slate of opposing QBs wasn’t a Murderer’s Row. Even after holding the Steelers offense to essentially nine points in the conference championship game.

Bringing in Hogan and Bennett were tremendous acquisitions for the team. Each has fit seamlessly into the offense and have been great additions to the team. Bill brought back Dante Scarnecchia this season, and that is arguably the best move of all. He brought around Marcus Cannon when no one and I mean no one thought that would be possible. You remember?

The under-the-radar depth moves of bringing in Shea McClellin, Kyle Van Noy and Eric Rowe were all positive moves. While none of them are world-beaters in themselves, they each have provided good production and have fulfilled a role on the defense.

How fortunate the fan base has been the past 17 years with Belichick at the helm. As a youngster growing up and watching the nomad Pats play in Fenway, BC, Harvard and the old stadium in Foxboro, I used to wonder what it was like to watch the home team go to the playoffs.

Now we’ve come to expect a dozen victories and a deep playoff run as a normal occurrence in these parts. But 7 Super Bowl appearances with Brady and Belichick at the helm for the past 16 seasons is a ridiculous amount of success.

It has been an amazing run and it isn’t over yet… until the draft and the invariable big move(s) comes along…right?

Patriots Going “Over the Wall” to Mexico:
Well to no one’s surprise, the rumor that the Patriots would be playing a game in Mexico City has been confirmed. The league announced that the Pats would be playing the Raiders there in 2017 with Oakland being the ‘home’ team.

Both teams have a large contingent of fans south of the border as the NFL is immensely popular there. The stadium is in a very nice area of Mexico City and anyone who would be making the trip would enjoy it tremendously.

Having lived and worked there in the past, I can tell you first hand that football is huge there and watched first-hand the Super Bowl between the Saints and the Colts. The Patriots Mexico Fan Club should be there in force.

Pats WRs Get the Rodney Dangerfield Treatment from Keyshawn:
The rest of the country is sick of the Patriots winning and want to see them lose. That fact is undeniable and once it comes to the forefront, it gives birth to the stories that invariably follow that the players aren’t really as good as many believe.

This week, former WR Keyshawn Johnson took a shot at the Patriots wide receivers. Not only is Johnson not a fan of their talent, but went so far as to say that if they didn’t play for New England many wouldn’t be in the NFL.

“When you see guys that fail and play for other teams at the receiver position, they can go to New England and excel and everybody goes, “Oh my God, Oh my God, these receivers are top of the game.’ Well, they couldn’t excel with other teams because of the system,” Johnson said. “If they were on other teams right now, they probably wouldn’t be on the 53-man roster.”

Raise your hand if you’ve seen this before, maybe not so bold, but this isn’t new. Julian Edelman had fun with it however, with a wink and grin he said a few times “WHO?” before adding this gem to Mike Giardi of CSNNE.

“I’m not worried about what people are saying, I’m worried about what people are doing,” Edelman said. “Week in and week out, we ignore the noise and just try to hunker down on preparation and on going out and trying to play our best games on Sundays.”

Goodell Responds But Doesn’t Answer Every Question During SB Presser:
With the slickness of a Washington politician, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his Super Bowl State of the League press conference and it was noteworthy for what wasn’t said rather than what was.

Goodell responded to every question but in a classic case of deflection, he answered next to nothing. Surprising? No, but in some cases, it was almost hilarious in the ridiculousness that transpired.

One thing is clear, he’s sick of answering questions about Deflategate and told fans of NE basically to shut up and move on. Roger the dodger then said his relationship with the Patriots wasn’t awkward and if invited he’d definitely come back to Foxboro. Really? The Commissioner of the NFL needs an invite?  With a Patriots win tonight, Goodell will most certainly be invited to Foxboro for the season opener. Unless a supermarket giveaway in Peoria or a business meeting in Liechtenstein requires his immediate attention.

But the best of his deflections was on the subject of one website that was denied Super Bowl credentials. Asked by a reporter why Barstool Sports was denied credentialing and in effect didn’t that hit home the thought of the NFL as the “No Fun League”, Goodell jumped at the chance to run in another direction.

Barstool, in a total self-promotional move, staged a sit-in at NFL HQs and was forcibly removed from there. Goodell claimed to have never heard of them and then went on and on about the celebrations that initially marked the “No Fun League” as if that was the burning question… slick move, but we’re not buying that one.

His Fan Forum question and answer session were a carefully selected farce by the league with softball questions fed to him in a manner that would make North Korea proud.

So how was your week?

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Ty Law Named Finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

John Morgan
January 3, 2017 at 11:39 pm ET

Former New England Patriot corner Ty Law has been named as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

The Pats drafted Law 23rd overall in 1995 out of Michigan. Law is one of a select few to have won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. His pick-six off Kurt Warner and the heavily favored St Louis Rams in Super Bowl 36 is an iconic moment in New England sports history.

 

Law was named to five Pro Bowls and was twice a first team All Pro. He was named to the Patriots’ All-Decade Team for both the 1990s and the 2000s, and was also selected to the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary Team. In 2014 Law was honored as a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.

 

In 1998 Law led the NFL with nine interceptions, and again led the league in 2005 with ten picks. Law finished his career with 59 interceptions, including six in the post-season. Five of those playoff picks came against NFL golden boy Peyton Manning. Further proof of how Law shone bright in the clutch is evidenced by 25 of his interceptions coming in the month of December.

 

Other finalists for the 2017 Hall of Fame class include running back LaDainian Tomlinson. LdT seemed to be a polar opposite of Ty Law when it came to games that took place after Thanksgiving – but he’ll still probably get enshrined in his first year of eligibility. Defensive end Jason Taylor and safety Brian Dawkins are two others on the ballot for the first time.

 

The fifteen finalists will be pared down once more to a group of no more than five. WR Isaac Bruce, G Kevin Mawae and OT Tony Boselli join Law in advancing this far for the first time. WR Terrell Owens, K Morten Andersen and G Alan Faneca were in the round of 15 last year, and return for another shot at Canton.

 

Former head coach Don Coryell, RB Terrell Davis, OT Joe Jacoby, S John Lynch, and QB Kurt Warner are also on the final 15 last. That group made it to the final ten a year ago.

 

As part of a separate voting process Paul Tagliabue and – no, this is not a misprint – Jerry Jones have received nominations as well as contributors. Safety Kenny Easley was also nominated by the veteran’s committee.

 

Notable names missing the final cut include HC Jimmy Johnson, LB Clay Matthews Jr, S Darren Woodson, S Steve Atwater, LB Karl Mecklenburg, OT Chris Hinton, RB Edgerrin James, WR Torry Holt and WR Hines Ward.