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Former Patriots cornerback Ty Law selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame; Richard Seymour misses cut

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New England has another player in the Hall.

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The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class has been announced and a former member of the New England Patriots has made it: in his third year as a finalist, Ty Law finally got over the hump and will officially be enshrined in August.

Law joined the Patriots as the 23rd overall draft pick in 1995 and quickly grew into one of the NFL’s best and most physical cover corners. As such, he became a cornerstone of New England’s early dynasty teams and helped the Patriots win their first three Super Bowls (although he only played in the first two). Overall, the Michigan product spent 10 seasons with the organization and appeared in 153 games for the club.

The 44-year old, who was voted into the Patriots’ franchise Hall of Fame back in 2014, was immensely productive during his tenure in New England — and beyond: after leaving the club, he went on to play five more seasons for New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. All in all, his career numbers looked as follows by the time Law stepped away from the game after the 2009 season.

Ty Law

Games played Tackles Interceptions Sacks Fumbles forced Fumbles recovered Defensive TDs Accolades
Games played Tackles Interceptions Sacks Fumbles forced Fumbles recovered Defensive TDs Accolades
Regular season 203 838 53 5.0 7 5 7 Pro Bowl (5), All-Pro (2)
Postseason 13 55 6 0.0 0 0 1 Super Bowl (3)*
*Law was inactive in Super Bowl 39

Law has surely posted some impressive numbers over his 15 years in the NFL, both when it comes to individual performance and accolades and when it comes to team success. He also made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history when he returned a Kurt Warner interception for the first points in Super Bowl 36.

Ty Law becomes the ninth player associated with the Patriots organization in one way or another to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

LB Nick Buoniconti (2001)

OG John Hannah (1991)

CB Mike Haynes (1997)

RB Curtis Martin (2012)

WR Randy Moss (2018)

LB Junior Seau (2013)

LB Andre Tippett (2008)

Bill Parcells (2013)


While Law finally made it to the Hall of Fame, defensive lineman Richard Seymour missed the cut in his first year of eligibility. The Patriots’ first-round selection in 2001, Seymour spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year career in New England and appeared in 126 games for the franchise. He played a key role in the New England’s first three Super Bowl-winning runs, 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.

Seymour will eventually get in at one point as him advancing this far in the process should be seen as a good sign for future year.


The full 2019 Hall of Fame class looks as follows:

DB Champ Bailey

DB Ty Law

OL Kevin Mawae

DB Ed Reed

DB Johnny Robinson

TE Tony Gonzalez

Gil Brandt

Pat Bowlen