BOSTON (CBS) — Before Darrelle Revis can make a name for himself with the #24 Patriots jersey, the team will honor the original #24 who wreaked havoc in their defensive backfield for a decade.
The Patriots announced Monday that Ty Law has been voted by the fans as the 22nd person to enter the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Law spent 10 seasons with the Patriots (1995-2004) after joining the team as a first-round (23rd overall) draft pick out of Michigan in 1995. Law was a three-time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX), a four-time Pro Bowl player (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003) and a two-time All-Pro (1998, 2003) during his tenure with the Patriots. Law tied Raymond Clayborn’s career franchise-record with 36 interceptions and finished with the most interception-return yards in team history with 583. His six interceptions returned for touchdowns are also a franchise best.
“Ty Law was one of the greatest players in franchise history and one of the premier corners in the NFL during his Patriots career,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “The fans have helped validate that with this year’s hall of fame selection. We have had an incredible run of success and the building blocks started with players like Ty. He was an important part of three Super Bowl championship teams. It will be an honor to bring Ty back to celebrate his career as he takes his rightful place in our team’s hall of fame. I am sure he will deliver another memorable moment during his hall of fame ceremony, too.”
Law had nine interceptions in 1998 to become the first New England player to lead the NFL in that category. He had some of his best games in the postseason, picking off Kurt Warner for a 47-yard touchdown to help lead the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title in 2001 against the St. Louis Rams, and picking off Peyton Manning three times in the 2003 AFC Championship Game, a 24-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Law joins Tedy Bruschi (2013), Troy Brown (2012) and Drew Bledsoe (2011) as the only players to be selected by the fans into the Patriots Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
Law’s induction ceremony will be held outside The Hall at Patriot Place on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 4:30 p.m., just prior to the team’s annual in-stadium practice for season ticket members. The outdoor hall of fame ceremony is free and open to the public, and fans of all ages are encouraged to attend.
In addition, Law will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the Patriots Thursday night game on Oct. 16 against the New York Jets.
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