The new class of honorees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced in Atlanta on Saturday night, just one day ahead of Super Bowl LIII. Among them is former New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law.
Law was with the Patriots for over a decade, starting in 1994. During that time, he won three Super Bowl rings. He was traded to the New York Jets in 2005.
Overall, he had 53 career interceptions and was known for making some of his biggest plays at the most pivotal moments.
The most memorable and, arguably, the biggest play of his career came in Super Bowl XXXVI when he intercepted a Kurt Warner pass and took it 47 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. He also intercepted Peyton Manning three times during the 2003 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Law’s induction was undoubtedly also influenced by a recommendation with high clout. Tom Brady wrote a letter to the Hall of Fame selection committee urging them to consider the cornerback, which was obtained and published by ESPN. In the letter, Brady reflects on Law’s success, determination and impact on the team.
“Looking back, I realize how lucky I was then to be challenged every day by one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play the game,” Brady wrote. “It helped me work harder to become successful in this league and ultimately prepared me to become the player I am today.”