Ty Law

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Not to be confused with Ty Lawson.
Ty Law
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Law during his tenure with the Denver Broncos in 2009
No. 24, 26
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-02-10) February 10, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Aliquippa (PA)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 1995 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 2009 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 449
Quarterback sacks 5.0
Interceptions 53
Stats at NFL.com

Tajuan "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a former American football cornerback who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Michigan. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 23rd overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. Law is a two-time All-Pro, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a Pro Bowl MVP, and has won three Super Bowl Championships with the Patriots. His 53 career interceptions rank 22nd all-time. He is also widely regarded as one of the best Patriots defensive backs of all time.

Early years[edit]

Law attended Aliquippa High School in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania where he played football as a cornerback, safety, wide receiver, and running back. He was named MVP of the school's basketball team.

College career[edit]

Law had a three-year stint at the University of Michigan where he lettered three years in a row (1992–94), earned first-team All-American honors from Walter Camp as a senior and was a two-time unanimous All-Big Ten Conference selection. Law was on the cover of the October 3rd, 1994 issue of Sports Illustrated, though it was an ignominious honor: he is the defender over whom Colorado Buffaloes receiver Michael Westbrook is leaping on the famous Miracle at Michigan play.

He finished his college career with 154 Tackles [120 Solo, 34 Assist], 6 INT, and 17 PD.[1]

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

Law was drafted 23rd overall in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots where he spent the majority of his career. In 1998 Law earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. That year he led the league with nine interceptions, the first time any Patriot had led the league in interceptions.

Law earned his first Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2001. Super Bowl XXXVI,Law intercepted a Kurt Warner pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown, the first points of the game for the Patriots, who eventually won the game 20-17.

Law was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time in his career after the 2003 season. In 2003, Law was part of a record-breaking Patriots defense that led the NFL in four key categories: opponents’ points per game (14.9), opponents’ passer rating (56.2), interceptions (29) and passing touchdowns surrendered (11). Law's physical play against some of the game's best receivers prompted the NFL to more strictly enforce the five-yard illegal contact rule on defensive backs after the 2003 season. In the AFC Championship Game against the Colts, Law intercepted 3 passes from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, assisting his team to a 24-14 win and their second Super Bowl appearance in 3 years, where they defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29.

Law earned his third Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2004, but missed the final 9 games of the season and all three of the Patriots' playoff games due to a foot injury.

On February 25, 2005, Law was released by the Patriots due to his $12,551,000 cap salary.[2]

New York Jets[edit]

Law signed with the Jets for the 2005 season. He amassed a career-high 10 interceptions and was the only Jet voted into the Pro Bowl (Jonathan Vilma was named to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement to Miami's Zach Thomas, not by means of popular vote by the fans). Law was released by the New York Jets on February 22, 2006 as the Jets were a projected $26 million over the salary cap for 2006.[3] Law was due to make $7.6 million for 2006.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Law (right) with former Chiefs teammate Patrick Surtain in 2007.

On July 25, 2006, Law passed his physical with the Chiefs and signed a five-year deal worth $30 million.[5] Law reunited with coach Herman Edwards, whom Law had played under in the 2005 season hoping to strengthen the Chiefs' defense.

Second stint with Jets[edit]

On November 10, 2008, Law agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New York Jets.[6] Following the end of season, the Jets once again released Law on February 24, 2009.

Denver Broncos[edit]

Law signed with the Denver Broncos on November 7, 2009.[7] This added to a defensive backfield that had 5 members over 30 years of age, with 20 Pro Bowl selections combined. His final game with the Broncos came January 3, 2010. He finished the season with 10 tackles, and 1 interception run back for 37 yards. He was released by the Broncos on February 24, 2010.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR YDS INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
1995 NE 14 47 40 7 1.0 0 0 0 3 47 16 38 0 9
1996 NE 13 62 56 6 0.0 0 0 0 3 45 15 38 1 9
1997 NE 16 77 69 8 0.5 0 1 0 3 70 23 40 0 11
1998 NE 16 70 60 10 0.0 0 1 0 9 133 15 59 1 32
1999 NE 13 57 48 9 0.5 2 1 0 2 20 10 27 1 9
2000 NE 15 74 58 16 0.0 0 0 0 2 32 16 32 0 11
2001 NE 16 69 59 10 1.0 0 0 0 3 91 30 46 2 9
2002 NE 16 76 59 17 1.0 1 1 0 4 33 8 29 0 10
2003 NE 15 73 60 13 0.0 0 0 0 6 112 19 65 1 23
2004 NE 7 28 23 5 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
2005 NYJ 16 62 45 17 0.0 0 0 0 10 195 20 74 1 18
2006 KC 16 68 64 4 1.0 3 0 0 4 11 3 16 0 9
2007 KC 16 47 39 8 0.0 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 13
2008 NYJ 7 19 14 5 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2009 DEN 7 10 9 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 37 37 37 0 1
Career 203 839 703 136 5.0 7 4 0 53 828 16 74 7 169

[8]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

On May 19, 2014, Ty Law was announced as the 2014 Patriots Hall of Fame Inductee [9] On August 1st 2014 Law was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archive.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=270
  2. ^ ESPN.go.com, Accessed 27 December 2007.
  3. ^ ESPN.go.com, Accessed 27 December 2007.
  4. ^ Morningsun.net, Accessed 27 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Law ready to secure Chiefs secondary", ESPN.go.com. Accessed 22 July 2007.
  6. ^ Schefter, Adam (November 10, 2008), Jets sign CB Law, NFL.com, archived from the original on October 9, 2010, retrieved October 9, 2010 
  7. ^ Schefter, Adam (2009-11-06). "Law, Broncos agree to contract". ESPN.go.com. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  8. ^ "Ty Law Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.patriots.com/news/from-the-hall/article-1/Fans-vote-Ty-Law-as-the-2014-Patriots-Hall-of-Fame-Inductee/d4cbc6a5-cffa-4dcb-b7da-9c6bc6f74fda

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Warren Moon (1997)
Pro Bowl MVP
shared w/ Keyshawn Johnson 1998
Succeeded by
Randy Moss (1999)