In 1991, the New England Patriots organization founded its very own Hall of Fame with the best player in franchise history up to that point – guard John Hannah – the first inductee. Since then, 25 more former players or contributors have received the red jacket in what has become a yearly ritual since 2007. Who will join the group will be announced later this month with the voting process ending today.
Click here to vote for one of the following three candidates.
OT Matt Light
One of five players in NFL history to start five (or more) Super Bowls, Matt Light was a fixture at left tackle for the Patriots from 2001 through 2011. Spending his entire career with the team, the Purdue product appeared in 175 games for New England and helped the franchise win three Super Bowls – all while earning three Pro Bowl nods and being named to the Patriots' team of the 2000s and their 50th anniversary squad.
DT Richard Seymour
The Patriots' first-round selection in 2001, Richard Seymour spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year career in New England and appeared in 126 games for the franchise. The Georgia product played a key role in the Patriots' first three Super Bowls victories, was voted to seven Pro Bowls and named to the NFL's team of the 2000s. He also is a member of the Patriots' team of the 2000s and 50th anniversary team.
LB Mike Vrabel
New England signed Mike Vrabel as a free agent in 2001 and turned him into a cornerstone of three Super Bowl-winning teams. The one-time Pro Bowler and member of the Patriots' All-2000s and 50th anniversary teams, played 142 games for the franchise and registered a total of 56.0 sacks along the way. He also embodied New England's “Do Your Job”-mentality: As a part-time tight end, Vrabel caught 10 passes – all of which touchdowns.
Cast your vote today by clicking on this link and make sure that your favorite candidate gets enshrined into the Patriots Hall of Fame.