Former Patriots CB Ty Law said tonight he is "pretty much" retired, but if he could have one more day in an NFL uniform it would be to retire as a Patriot.
"... Thatís one of the reasons I havenít officially turned my papers in because I would like to at least say the last contract I sign was with New England and that would be an honor if I was able to do that, if Mr. Kraft was to bless me with something like that, that would be the icing on the cake for a 15-year career," Law said.
Law was among those honored tonight at The Tradition at TD Garden. Patriots owner Robert Kraft presented Law with the football legacy award. Law played 10 of his 15 seasons with New England.
Law sat out last season, but said he had a chance to play with another team but it "wasn't the right time."
"I said, 'It's time to call it a career.' But hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to officially retire as a Patriot. That's my ultimate goal right now," he said.
After watching Law help the Patriots win three Super Bowls in his time in New England, Kraft said Law was a special player.
"To me, he is a Patriot and will always be a Patriot," Kraft said. "... He anchored our backfield. People don't realize part of the privilege of owning a team is you get to meet with great guys, and Ty has always been one of my favorites."
Even though Law had to leave New England to continue his career, he said he never held a grudge.
"It wasn't any negative feelings at all," Law said. "Of course everything gets built up to where it seems so emotional and things because you have so many ties here. At the end of the day it's football and it's business and it happens to everybody. I was no different. You're going to see guys go in and out and there's always a story when one of the main guys leaves a team that had success. That's what we signed up for in the NFL and eventually it's going to happen to each and every one of us unless you decide to retire. ...
"We were never on bad terms as far as the organization and myself. We parted ways and that was it but every time I came back it was a great welcome reception for me. I had no animosity toward the team. When we played against each other, it was competition there most definitely but never any animosity because when you strip everything down, I was always a Patriot to the core and I will always be."