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Ty Law Among Hall of Fame Finalists

Of the four Patriots initially nominated for the Hall of Fame, only one nominee is left.

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Kind of an old story at this point, but one still worth reporting.

As the end of the 2014 season approaches, we're beginning to whittle down the list of players eligible for induction into the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame. While 113 men were initially nominated, there are now only 26 names still under consideration (you can see the full list here).  And although there were four Patriots among that 113 - Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, and Willie McGinnest - there remains only one: Law. Law is the only cornerback left on the ballot, as both John Lynch and Steve Atwater (the only other two members of the secondary) were safeties.

Will Law make it from the final 26 to the final 15 this January? Probably not; he's up against some stiff competition, including Junior Seau, Marvin Harrison, Jerome Bettis, Kurt Warner, and Terrell Davis. Plus, this is Law's first year of eligibility. Even I, in all of my rampant homerism, have a hard time making a case for Law being a first ballot Hall of Famer. However, perhaps now more than ever there is a lot to be said about being a shutdown corner, and so there's definitely a chance that Law sneaks in and gets one step closer to the gold jacket.

The odds of him unveiling a bust anytime soon are slim, and I do think he'll get in eventually and if nothing else it's great to see Law getting some much-deserved credit.