BOSTON (CBS) – The newest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak show Tuesday afternoon to talk about the honor, reminisce on his career and look forward to the August ceremony at Gillette.
Ty Law was as clutch a player there was to ever suit up here in New England — for any sport, not just football.
His highlight reel could fill a full length picture, and it’s hard to nail down one singular play that best encapsulates his career.
If you ask Law to pick his best, one super play comes to mind.
“I would say the interception versus the Rams. I mean, I have a lot of signature moments myself, but I think everyone else would think about the first Super Bowl that we won with the Rams and the key interception. I think that sticks out in everyone’s mind,” said Law.
The Patriots have had some good cornerbacks come through the doors since Law, like Asante Samuel and Aqib Talib, but nobody had more of an impact on the franchise at that position than no. 24.
However, Law says another no. 24 and fellow Aliquippa native has a chance to leave his own unique mark on the team.
“I was with Darrelle [Revis] last night. It’s good that he’s up here. We get to sit down and talk and do the things like we did when we played in New York together and watch film. It’s awesome that he’s up here. I feel that he’s gonna bring something totally different to the table that the Patriots secondary hasn’t seen in a long time. He has that type of gift. He can cut off one side of the field and make everyone around him better. He’s hungry to be the best, and he is the best right now.
“Not taking anything away from Aqib Talib, but this is a different type of football player. The Patriots fans should be excited to see someone out there with no. 24 again — I really feel like I’m out there playing again. It’s crazy. Especially being so close to him, being from the same hometown, and our family ties go back, it’s going to be awesome. He’s definitely the best in the game, and if he keeps going at the pace he’s going he’ll be a future NFL Hall of Famer.”
What made the nomination so special to Law is that the vote was up to the fans. Ty Law did not spend his entire career with the Patriots like Tedy Bruschi and Troy Brown did.
However, fans always showed him love and that’s what was important to him. He was always a Patriot, even if he happened to be wearing a different uniform.
“This game is a business as we all know. Some things are out of your control. But I tell you what, the fans of New England they stuck by me through thick and thin, even when I was playing for the other team,” said Law. “They’ve supported me off the field in my business endeavors, and continue to do so. I’m indebted to the fans here of New England. They didn’t take it that personal when I left. For the most part, as a whole, they stuck by me 100 percent.
“No matter where I was at I was a Patriot to the core. I might have been playing for another team because that’s the nature of the business, but in my heart deep down I was a Patriot. I’ve never signed my retirement papers because if I wasn’t signing as a New England Patriot I’m just going to walk off into the sunset, because my heart was there.
“Now, I can officially say the last time I’m gonna suit up, even though it’s with the red jacket, it’s going to be with the New England Patriots. My career has come full circle.”
Listen below for the full discussion, including details about the August 1 ceremony and much more: