With Ty Law entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 3, we're looking back on the five moments that defined the cornerback's historic career.
1995 NFL Draft
When: April 22, 1995
Sometimes you are just drafted by the right franchise.
As the 1995 NFL Draft approached, Ty Law and Tyrone Poole were considered the two best secondary players in the draft.
And as fate would have it, the two would be selected on back-to-back picks.
Poole was selected with the No.22 pick by the Carolina Panthers and Law followed when the Patriots selected him at No.23. Being taken second turned out to be a blessing, as Law was able to develop his game in the Patriots system while still being an impactful starter.
The two ended becoming teammates in 2003, winning two Super Bowls rings together.
Leads League in Interceptions
When: 1998 Season
It only took four seasons for Ty Law to go from rookie cornerback to one of the best pass stoppers in the league.
Using a combination of his physicality and great hands, Law led the entire NFL with nine interceptions -- setting a then career-high mark. The tally also tied a New England record for the most interceptions in a single season.
Touchdown in the 2002 Super Bowl
When: February 2, 2002
Facing the St. Louis Rams in the 2002 Super Bowl, Law helped create the building blocks of the Patriots dynasty. With less than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Rams led 3-0 and had the ball on their own 39-yard line.
As quarterback Kurt Warner dropped back, he was hurried into a forced pass deep into the right corner of the sideline. The ball floated just a bit too much, giving Law the chance to get under it and take it back to the house.
Intercepts Peyton Manning 3 Times in One Game
When: January 18, 2004
The rivalry between Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots dominated most of the mid-2000s playoff matchups in the AFC.
The two teams met in the 2003 AFC Championship game with New England aiming to reach its second Super Bowl in three years and the Colts entering Foxboro with an offense that hadn’t turned the ball over, or even punted, in their first two playoff games.
But Law changed the perception of the Colt's offense quickly. He picked Manning off three times in the playoff matchup, smothering wide receiver Marvin Harrison.
In total, Manning threw four interceptions and the Patriots won, 24-14, to advance to a meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
First Stint with the New York Jets
When: 2005 Season
Law will always be considered a Patriots legend, but his 2005 season with the New York Jets helped solidify his Hall of Fame candidacy.
In his first season wearing Gang Green, Law picked off a career-high 10 passes, collecting 195 interception return yards and one touchdown. As a result of his terrific season, Law his third and final First-Team All-Pro selection.
See Ty Law Enter the Hall of Fame
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