By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
It gives me great pleasure to get to talk about Ty Law. When we were dividing this up, of course, I had to pick Ty. Because… Michigan. I remember in college, a girl on my hall was a Patriots fan, and really loved him. I always to say he was “mine” first at Michigan.
But back to Ty. Law was born in Pennsylvania, home to the most Hall of Famers. In Pennsylvania, football was life. As Law states, “Where I came from, if you don’t love the game of football, you better move. We played baseball; we played basketball; we live football.”
Law was drafted in the 1st round by the Patriots in 1995. The cornerback played 10 years with the Patriots where he set several records. Some of those records were 1st in most interceptions returned for a touchdown with 6, and most interception return yards with 583. He also was tied for first with most career interceptions with 36. Law was an All-Pro in 1998 and again in 2003. He was selected to the Pro Bowl as a Patriot and again with Kansas City in 2006. He was also a 3 time Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots where had a record-setting 3 interceptions against the Colts in the 2003 AFC Championship game.
I asked Traci McCartney, long time Patriots fan, what she thought about Law and she felt that he was “An amazing shutdown corner….and was integral to the Patriots first Super Bowl victory. Even though he bounced around at the end, he’s a Patriot through and through.”
Teammate quarterback Tom Brady had this to say about Law:
“Ty Law was a pain in the a- … which I know he would acknowledge as the term of endearment it is intended to be. I can remember how upset I would get when I would make a mistake in practice and Ty would capitalize on it. Looking back, I realize how lucky I was then to be challenged every day by one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play the game.”
Because you may go to a Trivia Night and get asked some questions about football, here are some fun Hall of Fame facts about Law.
- He is the 5th longtime Patriot to be enshrined into the Hall. He joins others such as John Hannah, Mike Haynes, and Andre Tippett.
- He will be the 9th Michigan Wolverine in the Hall. Among the others are Dan Dierdorf, Ralph Wilson, Jr., and Tom Mack.
- He attended the same high school as Hall of Fame tight end and legendary coach Mike Ditka.
- He is also the 19th cornerback elected to the Hall. Others that have been enshrined are Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Lem Barney, and fellow 2019 enshrinee Champ Bailey.
Congratulations Ty Law on a wonderful career!
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