On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened its doors to another member of the New England Patriots: Ty Law, who won three Super Bowls with the team during his ten years with the club, officially received the highest individual honor in the sport and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame. During his speech at the event, however, the 45-year-old did make it clear that the he would not have gotten to his point by himself.
“This isn’t about me. This is about us. This is about we,” Law said during his opening remarks. He stuck to this theme throughout his 30-minute speech, thanking his former teammates and the Patriots organization led by head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft. The emotional climax, however, came when Law started opening up about his mother and how she paved the way for his pro football career.
“You are my rock,” Law said, addressing his mother in the audience directly. “We had our personal struggles. At times, we bent but we never broke. We came out on the other side. Let’s embrace the fact that we’ve overcome those things, mama, appreciate what we have today and what we’re going in the future. I know I’m a grown man, but to you, I’ll always be your little boy. And I love that, that’s okay.”
“Nobody can take that away from us. Nobody can take that away from you.”