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Not to be confused with Ty Lawson.
Ty Law

At a game in Denver on January 3, 2010.
No. --     Free Agent
Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: February 10, 1974 (1974-02-10) (age 36)
Place of birth: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 1995 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     449
Sacks     5.0
INTs     53
Stats at NFL.com

Tajuan "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a football cornerback who is currently a Free Agent of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 23rd overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

Law is a two-time All-Pro, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and has won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. Law's 53 career interceptions rank 22nd all-time.

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Early years

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

College career

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, as he was the defender Michael Westbrook is seen leaping over on the famous Miracle at Michigan play.

Professional career

New England Patriots

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 New England Patriot had led the league in interceptions.

Law earned his first Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2001. In 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. These enforcement changes, were heavily pushed by Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian. 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.[1]

New York Jets

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 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.[2] Law was due to make $7.6 million for 2006.[3]

Kansas City Chiefs

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

On July 25, 2007, Law passed his physical with the Chiefs and signed a five-year deal worth $30 million.[4] Law reunited with coach Herman Edwards, whom Law had played under in the 2005 season hoping to strengthen the Jets' defense.

Second stint with Jets

On November 10, 2008, Law agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New York Jets.[5]

Denver Broncos

Law signed with the Denver Broncos on November 7, 2009.[6] This added to a defensive backfield that had 5 members over 30 years of age, with 20 Pro Bowl selections combined.

References

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=1997269 ESPN.com. Accessed 27 December 2007.
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2339793 ESPN.com. Accessed 27 December 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.morningsun.net/stories/072406/spo_20060724031.shtml morningsun.net. Accessed 27 December 2007.
  4. ^ Law ready to secure Chiefs secondary ESPN.com. Accessed 22 July 2007.
  5. ^ Waszak, Dennis, Jr. (2008-11-11). "Jets bring back cornerback Ty Law". The Associated Press. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jy9pYeqohjpU2w3yzn9G6jZb7dEAD94CEIUG1. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  6. ^ Schefter, Adam (2009-11-06). "Law, Broncos agree to contract". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4629892. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 

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