New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law made one of the most memorable plays in team history when he returned a Kurt Warner interception for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVI. Now, he will be enshrined in the team’s Hall of Fame.
The Patriots announced on Monday that Ty Law was voted by the fans to be the 2013 inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame. He was a finalist along with cornerback Raymond Clayborn and head coach Bill Parcells. The finalists were selected by a committee composed of media members, team officials and alumni.
There will be a ceremony held for Law outside the Hall at Patriot Place on Friday, Aug. 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The ceremony will be free and open to the public. He will be honored again on Oct. 16 at halftime of the Patriots’ home game against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.
Law is the 22nd person to earn the distinction, and the fourth to earn it by vote, along with linebacker Tedy Bruschi (2013), wide receiver Troy Brown (2012), and quarterback Drew Bledsoe (2011).
“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 owner Robert Kraft in a statement. “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 was drafted in the first round (23rd overall) by the Patriots out of Michigan in 1995, and was with the Patriots for all three Super Bowl championships, and he was voted to five Pro Bowls (1998, 2001-2003, 2005) and was named first-team All-Pro (1998, 2003).
He led the NFL in interceptions twice (nine in 1998 with the Patriots, 10 in 2005 with the Jets) and intercepted 59 passes in his career (53 in the regular season, six in the postseason), including 36 with the Patriots (tied with Raymond Clayborn for most in team history).
His pick-six against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI was his first career postseason interception. The image of him waving his hand as he streaked to the end zone, and his subsequent trademark touchdown celebration, are images that will live on in Patriots history forever.
Now, Law will take his rightful place in Patriots history as one of the greatest to ever don the uniform.