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Class of 2018 Finalist Spotlight: Ty Law

Class of 2018 Finalist Spotlight: Ty Law

01/26/2018
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Former New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law was recently named a finalist. If elected, he would be only the fifth Patriot enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Law was selected in the first round, 23rd player overall, out of the University of Michigan in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Patriots. As one of the most dynamic cornerbacks to ever play the game, Law dominated the league for 15 seasons. He attended Alliquippa High School (PA) which produced Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and many NFL players, including Darrell Revis. He was part of three New England Patriot Super Bowl Championships and is in the Patriot Hall of Fame.

Law was named the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 1998 after leading the league with nine interceptions and was named Pro Bowl Co-MVP after making his first Pro Bowl appearance that same year.

During his 10-year tenure with the Patriots, New England won four AFC championship games (1996, 2001, 2003-04) and three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX). Law had a stellar performance in the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXVI victory over the St. Louis Rams as he made seven tackles and one assist along with an interception which he returned 47 yards for a touchdown and recorded two passes defensed.

Two years later in Super Bowl XXXVIII, Law and the Patriots took down the Carolina Panthers 32-29. Law had five tackles and one pass defense. Law was forced to sit out the latter portion of his 2004 season and Super Bowl XXXIX due to a foot injury. Law also started at left cornerback in Super Bowl XXXI in which the Patriots fell to the Green Bay Packers.

In 2005, Law signed with the New York Jets and had a remarkable season as he led the league with a career-high 10 interceptions. Law joined the Kansas City Chiefs the following year as a free agent and played for the team in 2006 and 2007.  He returned to the Jets for the 2008 season before one last season in 2009 with the Denver Broncos.

Law finished his career with 53 interceptions which he returned for 828 yards and seven touchdowns in 203 career games. He also forced seven fumbles, made five fumble recoveries, and had five career sacks.

A five-time Pro Bowler (1998, 2002-04, 2006), Law was also named first-team All-Pro in 1998 and 2003, elected to the Patriots Team of the Century, and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Along with being inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2014, Law has been extremely active in the New England area. After his retirement, he founded Launch Trampoline Park, which is an entertainment park based around large trampolines. 

 

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