This past week the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced it’s finalists for the 2019 Hall of Fame induction. Among the Modern Era finalists were two former Patriots, cornerback Ty Law, and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
New England drafted Law in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played 10 seasons with the Patriots and played in at least 12 games every year. Law had at least 60 tackles in eight of his ten seasons with New England and had no less than two interceptions each season. Law also put up some ridiculous stats for the Patriots, finishing with nine interceptions in 1998 and 23 passes defended in 2003. He would play for the Jets, the Chiefs, and the Broncos as well. Law finished his career as a two-time First Team All-Pro, a Five-Time Pro Bowler, a 2x NFL Interception Leader, and a member of the 2000s All-Decade team.
Seymour was drafted sixth overall by the Patriots in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in New England, appearing in at least 12 games in all but one of those years. He played for the Patriots during their first three Super Bowl victories, as well as their 16-0 regular season run in 2007. Seymour was arguably the team’s best defensive player during the Patriots first dynasty, which is saying a lot considering how good those defenses were. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and as a First-Team All-Pro in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He played four seasons with the Raiders to end his career. Seymour finished with three Super Bowl titles, seven Pro Bowl appearances, three First-Team All-Pro selections, and 57.5 career sacks.
Both of these players are extremely deserving of Hall of Fame votes. Seymour was without a doubt one of the most disruptive defensive linemen of his generation. He had the strength and athleticism to play both interior defensive line and off the edge. He set the tone for the Patriots defensive front in the early 2000s. The fact that Ty Law hasn’t been inducted into the Hall of Fame yet is an utter travesty. We have been lucky to watch some fantastic cornerbacks over the past few decades between Darelle Revis, Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, and others. Law is still hands down the best cornerback I have ever watched. His speed, physicality, anticipation, and quickness were second to none. If you have never gotten the chance, go back and watch highlights from Ty Law. You won’t regret it. He changed the game and deserves to be recognized for how absolutely brilliant he was as a player.
The Patriots two decades of dominance could not have happened without some incredible players. Hopefully, Seymour and Law are the first of many modern Pats recognized in Canton.