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Ty Law was recently voted to be the next inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Law was a finalist alongside Bill Parcells and Raymond Clayborn. This is not a knock on Parcells or Clayborn, but Law was the obvious choice to be inducted.
You could go on for hours listing the accolades of Ty Law’s career. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Super Bowl champion, he ranks 22nd all time with 53 career interceptions, and he is tied with Raymond Clayborn for first all-time in franchise history with 36 interceptions. There are countless memories of Law making clutch plays in big games, but none more so than the 2003 AFC Championship game.
During that game Peyton Manning and his high powered offense came into Gillette Stadium hoping to advance to the Super Bowl. However, Law made sure that Manning’s season ended on that snowy Sunday. He intercepted three Manning passes, including the absurd one-handed, diving grab near the sideline. To put that performance in perspective, Manning’s favorite receiver Marvin Harrison had as many catches as Law but Harrison had seven less yards (Law: 3 INTs for 26 yards, Harrison: 3 catches for 19 yards).
Ty Law was the definition of a shut down corner, so much so that after that 2003 AFC Championship the NFL changed the rules so receivers couldn’t even be breathed on without drawing a flag. His departure after his injury plagued 2004 season was a tough pill to swallow, but it is part of the business of the NFL. He believed he was worth more than the Patriots were willing to pay and the two parted ways. It’s safe to say that the secondary has never been the same since Law’s departure.
As a fan, I couldn’t be happier to see Law inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was my favorite player growing up and I still proudly wear the #24 jersey on game day. Law epitomized what it meant to be a defensive back in the NFL. He had speed, physicality, and above all intelligence. Here’s hoping that Darrelle Revis can do the #24 the justice it so rightly deserves.