It was for certain a weekend in Canton to remember for long time Patriots cornerback Ty Law as he was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Ty Law played 15 seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the New England Patriots with the 23rd overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. He was a five-time pro-bowler, two time all-pro, and three- time Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots.
Ty Law was a true fan favorite in New England providing some instrumental moments along multiple Super Bowl runs. One of his most memorable moments came at a time where the Patriots were fighting for their first ever championship in Super Bowl 36. As easy as it is to be shortsighted when looking back, the Patriots came into the 2000’s with just two Super Bowl appearances, and zero victories.
Ty Law’s 47-yard interception return for a touchdown against Kurt Warner and the Rams was a huge play in a game that was hard pressed for offense. The points ended up being instrumental as it put the Patriots in a 17-17 tie, and gave Tom Brady and Adam Vinatieri a chance to finish it off with a field goal drive. He was at his peak at that time, and was essential to the Patriots first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Another one of Law’s greatest moments came in 2003 on the way to a second Super Bowl for the franchise. In the 2003 AFC Championship against Peyton Manning and the Colts, Ty Law intercepted Manning three different times in route to a 24-14 Patriots victory. That was the thing about Ty Law: he rose to the occasion, with his biggest moments coming against the best competition.
Ty Law had 53 career interceptions, with seven of them being turned into a touchdown. He picked off Peyton Manning four times in the regular season and five more times in the postseason. He picked off Steve Young, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Jim Kelly, Steve McNair, Kurt Warner and Phillip Rivers among many others in his career. Needless to say, he rose to the level of his opposition.
Ty spent this past weekend getting the well-deserved recognition and honor that his amazing career warranted. Law remained humble throughout the whole process, despite keeping his shades on and maintaining his swag. His speech had an over-lying theme of “we” instead of focusing on himself. He spoke of his friends, family and former teammates saying, “We made it to Canton.”
Law spoke of Coach Bill Belichick who was in attendance as well, stating, “Coach Bill Belichick. The GOAT. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for not trying to change who I was. There's no mistake, it's no coincidence that you are the greatest coach this game has ever seen. I love you Bill. I appreciate you.”
Law went on to speak of his Patriots teammates exclaiming, "The old school/new school stand up. It's about time. I'm not standing here alone. I'm on this stage, not because of statistical reasons. I'm here because I was a part of something special. We created a culture. A brotherhood in unselfishness that we displayed as we won three Super Bowl titles. Let's keep it real. We started this! They even gave what we created a name. They call it the Patriot Way. But we know where it started fellas. Together, we are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
Ty Law was an All-Pro talent, but also an All-Pro human being. He cared about his community, his fans, his family and his teammates, never failing to put them before himself. Even in a moment where the spotlight was on Ty, he wanted to share the moment with his teammates. This not only says a lot about Ty Law, but a lot about that “Patriot Way” he spoke about.
Congrats Ty Law on a well-deserved induction. New England fans everywhere will be forever indebted to you for all you did to help start the dynasty.
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