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Tajuan Law was born the son of Raymond and Diane Law on Feb. 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pa. … He attended Aliquippa (Pa.) High and earned All-American first-team honors by Parade and Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report … Played tailback, cornerback, safety, wide receiver and return specialist to help lead the team to the Class AA state title as a senior … Averaged 22.1 yards on 23 receptions, 10.1 yards on 45 rushes, 21.1 yards per punt return, recorded 71 tackles and picked off eight passes as a senior … He was a two-time team MVP … Also earned MVP honors in basketball … Ty has a daughter (Tya) and a son (Ty, Jr.).
Ty Law was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1995 NFL draft … Signed by the Patriots on July 20, 1995 … Signed a seven-year contract extension (08/20/99) … Placed on injured reserve on (12/29/99) with a broken hand … Placed on reserved/suspended list (12/20/00).
Law ranks second on the Patriots’ all-time interceptions list with 35 career picks, one behind Raymond Clayborn’s franchise-record 36 interceptions.
Law led the NFL with 23 pass deflections in 2003, pacing a defense that led the NFL with 121 pass deflections. He has broken up 139 passes in his nine-year career.
In 2003, Law was part of a 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 was voted tthe PrBowl for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in his career following the 2003 season.
Moved intsole possession of second place on the Patriots all-time interceptions list by picking off Steve McNair and returning the interception 65 yards for a touchdown in the Patriots’ 38-30 victory over Tennessee (10/05/03).
Law owns the franchise record with six career interceptions returned for touchdowns. He has alsreturned three interceptions for touchdowns in postseason play, including one in the Super Bowl and twin the PrBowl.
Started all 16 games at left cornerback in 2002 and tied a career high with 77 tackles (60 solos), which he set in 1997. He alstied for the Patriots lead with four interceptions during the 2002 season.
Law has played in 134 games during his nine-year career with the Patriots and ranks third among active Patriots, behind Troy Brown (150) and Willie McGinest (139).
Law intercepted three passes during the 2001 season and returned twfor scores (23 yards vs. Indianapolis, 09/30/01 and 46 yards at Carolina, 01/06/02). He is just one of seven players in franchise history treturn twinterceptions for scores in one season.
Law recorded a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVI, the sixth interception returned for a touchdown in Super Bowl history. It was the longest interception return in Patriots postseason history.
Law led the Patriots with 27 tackles during the 2001 postseason, including a postseason career-high 12 vs. Oakland (01/19/02).
Law enjoyed a breakthrough season in 1998, earning a start in his first PrBowl after leading the league in interceptions with nine. It was the first time a Patriot had ever led the league in interceptions.
At the 1999 PrBowl, Law intercepted a pass and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown and became the first defensive back tbe voted co-MVP of the game in nine years.
Set a career high with 77 tackles (69 solos) in 1997, a feat he equaled in both 2002 and 2003.
Returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown against the Jets (12/08/96). It was his first career touchdown and earned him his first Miller Lite Player of the Game honors.
Repeated as Miller Lite Player of the Game the following week at Dallas (12/15/96) when he posted seven solhits and intercepted a pair of Troy Aikman passes in a 12-6 loss. He prevented twtouchdowns in that game, by deflecting a pass out of the arms of Michael Irvin in the end zone and intercepting a pass in the end zone.
Recorded a career-high 12 tackles, including 10 solos and batted down twpasses at Indianapolis (10/20/96).
Law declared himself eligible for the 1995 NFL draft after lettering for three years at Michigan (1992-94) … He earned first-team All-American honors from Walter Camp as a senior and was a two-time unanimous All-Big Ten Conference selection … Finished his collegiate career with 154 total tackles (120 solos) and 17 passes defensed, including six interceptions … Totaled 58 tackles (45 solos) and batted away eight passes, including two interceptions in his final season at Michigan … He earned first-team Sophomore All-American honors in 1993 after leading the team with six interceptions and finishing fourth on the team with 57 tackles (47 solos) and a tackle for loss … His top game was a two interception effort, including one in the end zone and the other at the five-yard line, to kill a pair of touchdown drives in a 28-0 shutout of Ohio State, earning National Player of the Week honors from The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week accolades … Played in every game as a true freshman, starting the team’s final six contests at weak-side cornerback and finished the year with 49 tackles.
Indianapolis (9/9): Registered two solo tackles in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Colts ... Helped limit Marvin Harrison to just 44 receiving yards. at Arizona (9/19): Notched five solo tackles and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 23-12 victory over the Cardinals ... Broke up a pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald in the second quarter ... Stopped Emmitt Smith for no gain on a rush off right end in the fourth quarter. at Buffalo (10/3): Collected two solo tackles in the Patriots' 31-17 victory over the Bills. Miami (10/10): Notched nine tackles (8 solo) in the Patriots' 24-10 victory over the Dolphins. Seattle (10/17): Registered four solo tackles, an interception and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks ... Tied the Patriots' all-time interceptions mark (36) with a diving pick of Matt Hasselbeck on the sideline in the first quarter ... Batted down a pass intended for Darrell Jackson in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (10/24): Collected four solo tackles in the Patriots' 13-7 win over the Jets. at Pittsburgh (10/31): Started but saw limited action at cornerback against the Steelers. at St. Louis (11/7): Inactive. Buffalo (11/14): Inactive. at Kansas City (11/22): Inactive. Baltimore (11/28): Inactive. at Cleveland (12/5): Inactive. Cincinnati (12/12): Inactive. at Miami (12/20): Inactive. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Inactive. San Francisco (1/2): Inactive.
2003 (15/15, 3/3): Earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl nod … Tied for the team lead with six interceptions, the second-most in the NFL in 2003 … Led the NFL with 23 pass defenses … Tied his career high with 77 tackles … Recorded three interceptions of NFL co-MVP Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship Game (01/18) … Named to the Associated Press All-Pro team and was selected as the league’s defensive back of the year by NFL Alumni for the second time in his career. N.Y. Jets (9/21): Registered five solo tackles and two pass defenses … Left the game right before halftime with a leg injury … Returned from injury and eliminated a scoring chance by batting down a deep ball intended for Santana Moss in the fourth quarter. Washington (9/28): Started at cornerback and helped limit Redskins wide receivers to a combined seven catches for 81 yards. Tennessee (10/5): Sealed the Patriots’ victory by stepping in front of Tyrone Calico and intercepting a McNair pass, returning it 65 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, halting the Titans’ final comeback chance … It was the longest interception return of his career. Cleveland (10/26): Recorded seven tackles (6 solo) and grabbed an interception … Sealed the win by picking off a Kelly Holcomb deep ball with 51 seconds remaining in the game. Dallas (11/16): Registered three tackles, four pass defenses and two interceptions … Limited Terry Glenn to just one catch for eight yards … Snared a deflected pass for his first interception of the game … Assured the Patriots of their first shutout since 1996 by picking off Quincy Carter in the back of the end zone on the game’s final play. Indianapolis (11/30): Tied a career-high with seven solo tackles. Miami (12/7): Recorded three solo tackles, three pass defenses and an interception … Intercepted a Jay Fiedler pass with 4:53 remaining in the game. N.Y. Jets (12/20): Collected a season-high 11 tackles (10 solo) and an interception … Halted a Jets scoring chance by blanketing Santana Moss in the end zone and picking off Chad Pennington. Indianapolis (1/18): Tallied three tackles and three interceptions in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory over the Colts … Picked off a Peyton Manning pass intended for Marvin Harrison in the second quarter … Made a diving interception on the right sideline on a pass that was intended for Edgerrin James … Recorded his third interception of the game when he picked off a Manning pass intended for Harrison on fourth-and-13 in the fourth quarter … Limited Pro Bowl wide receiver Marvin Harrison three catches for 19 yards. Carolina (2/1): Registered five solo tackles and a pass defense in the Patriots’ 32-29 Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over the Panthers.
Earned his third trip to the Pro Bowl … Tied for the team lead with four interceptions … Started all 16 games at left cornerback and ranked fifth on the team with 77 tackles (60 solos) … Tied for second on the team with 10 pass defenses. Pittsburgh (9/9): Started at left cornerback and finished second on the team with a season-high 10 tackles in New England’s 30-14 victory over the Steelers on Monday Night Football … Sacked Kordell Stewart for a loss of five yards late in the second quarter, his fourth career sack. N.Y. Jets (9/15): Tallied three unassisted tackles and was part of a secondary that did not allow a Jets wide receiver to catch a pass until 3:52 remaining in the third quarter, as the Patriots defeated the Jets, 44-7 … Only allowed Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet to catch one pass and helped hold the Jets wide receivers to only three catches all afternoon. Kansas City (9/22): Picked off a Trent Green pass in the third quarter for his first interception of the season to set up a Patriots touchdown drive that put the team ahead 24-17, as New England went on to win 41-38 in overtime. Miami (10/6): Started his 100th career game against the Dolphins and recorded four tackles (3 solos). Denver (10/27): Pounced on a loose ball in the second quarter and the Patriots offense turned the turnover into a touchdown … Intercepted a Brian Griese pass intended for Rod Smith. Buffalo (11/3): Recorded an interception and batted away a pair of passes as the Patriots defense held the second-ranked Bills offense to just one touchdown in their 38-7 victory over the Bills … Picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass intended for Moulds in the fourth quarter and returned it 29 yards to put an exclamation point on the Patriots’ win. Chicago (11/10): Made two solo tackles and batted away a pair of passes in the Patriots 33-30, come-from-behind win over the Bears. Oakland (11/17): Tied for the team lead and tied his season high with 10 tackles (7 solos) and batted away a pass. Buffalo (12/8): Picked off Bledsoe for the second time in 2002 and added five tackles (4 solos) as the Patriots beat the Bills 27-17 … Part of a Patriots defense that forced a season-high five turnovers.
Started all 16 regular season games and all three postseason games at left cornerback … Intercepted three passes for 91 yards and returned two for scores (23 yards vs. Indianapolis, 9/30 and 46 yards at Carolina, 1/6/02) … One of only six players in team history with two interception returns for touchdowns in a season … Ranked fourth among Patriot defenders with 70 tackles (60 solos), including one sack … Led all Patriot defenders with 27 tackles (24 solos) during the postseason … Set a postseason career-high with 12 tackles (10 solos) vs. Oakland (1/19) … Recorded a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVI, the sixth in Super Bowl history. N.Y. Jets (9/23): Led team with 10 tackles (7 solos) and was part of a defense that held the Jets to only 238 total yards, the lowest total yielded by the Patriots during the season. Indianapolis (9/30): Intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown … It was his fourth career interception return for a touchdown … Delivered one of many key blocks on Otis Smith’s 78 yard interception return for a touchdown. Miami (10/7): Collected two tackles, including a tackle of Lamar Smith for a 1-yard loss … Part of secondary that held the Dolphins to only 87 yards passing, the lowest total they yielded all season. Atlanta (11/4): Credited with three tackles and was part of a Patriots defense that held the Falcons to only 104 yards passing in the Patriots 24-10 victory. Buffalo (11/11): Notched four tackles, including his first sack of the season and the third of his career when he brought down Rob Johnson for a seven-yard loss … Intercepted his second pass of the season when he grabbed an Alex Van Pelt pass and returned it 22 yards … Part of a defense which limited the Bills to 241 total yards of defense, including 173 yards passing in the Patriots 21-11 victory. New York (12/2): Accumulated five tackles and was part of a Patriots secondary that held the Jets to just 20 yards passing in the second half in the Patriots 17-16 come-from-behind victory. Carolina (1/6): Recorded his second interception for a touchdown in 2001 and the fifth of his career when he snared a Chris Weinke pass and returned it 46-yards for a touchdown … His interception was the 25th over his career, moving him into sole possession of seventh place in Patriots history … Added four tackles, including a stop of Richard Huntley for a one-yard loss in the Patriots 38-6 victory. Oakland (1/19): Amassed a postseason career-high 12 tackles as the Patriots limited the Raiders to 230 total yards in their 16-13 overtime victory … Teamed with Tedy Bruschi to bring down Zack Crockett for no gain on third-and-one in the fourth quarter forcing a Raiders punt. Pittsburgh (1/27): Tied Otis Smith for a team-high seven tackles in the Patriots 24-17 victory … Tackled Hines Ward for a two-yard loss in the second quarter. St. Louis (2/3): Intercepted a Kurt Warner pass intended for Isaac Bruce and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown … It was Law’s first postseason interception, as well as his first touchdown … Law’s interception return for a touchdown was just the sixth in Super Bowl history … His 47 yard return was the longest in Patriots postseason history (40 yards, Todd Collins vs. Miami 12/28/97) … Tied for a game-high with eight tackles (7 solos).
Started 15 games at cornerback ... Ranked second among defensive backs and sixth on the Patriots defense with 74 tackles (58 solos) ... Snared two interceptions for 32 yards and recorded 11 passes defensed ... Placed on reserved/suspended list on Dec. 20. N.Y. Jets (9/11): Tied Tedy Bruschi and Otis Smith for team leading five tackles (3 solos) … Defended pass intended for Dedric Ward on drive resulting in three-and-out. Minnesota (9/17): Credited with season-high nine tackles (8 solos) and one pass defensed ... Helped limit the Vikings to 161 yards passing, their second-lowest total of the season. Miami (9/24): Intercepted his first pass of the season, returning it 32 yards. Indianapolis (10/8): Recorded his second interception of season, when he caught Peyton Manning’s pass tipped by Ted Johnson ... The interception was the first of three by the Patriots defense in the fourth quarter, thwarting the Colts comeback bid. N.Y. Jets (10/15): Tied a season-high with nine tackles (8 solos). Detroit (11/23): Led team with seven tackles (five solos) … Defended pass to Herman Moore in end zone. Kansas City (12/4): Recorded season-high four passes defensed in 30-24 win on Monday Night Football. Buffalo (12/17): Limited Pro Bowler Eric Moulds to two catches for 26 yards in the Patriots 13-10 overtime victory.
Voted 1999 defensive co-captain by his teammates prior to the start of the season ... Captained a defensive unit that finished eighth overall, seventh against the pass ... It was the highest rated finish by a Patriots defensive unit since 1988 ... Started the first 13 games of the season at left cornerback ... Broke a bone in his right hand vs. Dallas (12/5), yet started the following week at Indianapolis (12/12) ... Finished the season ranked eighth overall with 64 total tackles and two interceptions ... Led the team with 19 passes defensed ... Forced two fumbles and recovered another ... Placed on injured reserve on Dec. 29. N.Y. Jets (9/12): Matched up against Keyshawn Johnson in the season opener and was credited with five tackles and three passes defensed. Indianapolis (9/19): Made six tackles and added a pair of passes defensed ... Forced a Marcus Pollard fumble in the fourth quarter, which he recovered at the Patriots 42 yard line ... The turnover led to a Patriots touchdown, aiding in the comeback effort by the Patriots, who scored 24 unanswered points to claim a 31-28 victory over the Colts. Miami (10/17): Intercepted his first pass of the season, the 19th of his career, and returned it for a touchdown ... It was the third interception returned for touchdown of his career, which is a new franchise record ... Finished the game with 10 tackles, his high for the season, which included an assist on a sack ... Also had a season-high four passes defensed. Arizona (10/31): Named defensive co-captain for the game ... Led the team with seven solo tackles ... Intercepted a pass, tipped by Ferric Collons at the line of scrimmage ... It was his second interception of the season, the 20th of his career ... Limited the Cardinals to a defensive best 90 net yards passing and just 166 total net yards in a 27-3 pounding of the Cardinals. Miami (11/21): Forced a Rob Konrad fumble late in the second quarter to end a Dolphin scoring threat ... It was his second forced fumble of the season. Dallas (12/5): Broke a bone in his hand late in the fourth quarter in a 13-6 victory over the Cowboys ... It was the first victory in the series in Patriots franchise history ... Still had six tackles in the game. Indianapolis (12/12): Started despite the fractured bone in his hand, opting to play with a soft cast providing the protection ... Played the entire game and was credited with five solo tackles ... Had surgery to set pins in his hand and was listed among the Patriots inactives the next two games before being placed on injured reserve for the season.
Law had a breakthrough season and was arguably the best cornerback in the league in 1998 … One of just seven players to start every game for the Patriots in 1998, drawing the assignment of covering the opponent’s best receiver on most plays … He led the league with nine interceptions and was voted to his first Pro Bowl as an AFC starter … Became the first Patriot to ever lead the league in interceptions and was the first Patriots cornerback voted to the Pro Bowl since Raymond Clayborn in 1986 … At the Pro Bowl, he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown and was voted co-MVP of the game … It was the first time a defensive back had won the award in nine years … Earned Associated Press first-team All-Pro honors, along with Deion Sanders … Named to Sports Illustrated’s, USA Today’s, The Sporting News’, Football Digest’s and College and Pro Football Weekly’s All-Pro Teams and was selected to the All-NFL Team by Pro Football Weekly … Football News named him to their All-AFC team along with teammate Lawyer Milloy … He was named the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year, as voted on by NFL alumni who played that position … His nine interceptions ranked second among the Patriots all-time single-season interception leaders (Ron Hall, 11, 1964) and gave him 18 for his career, moving Law into the Patriots top 10 among all-time interception leaders … The only player in the 1990s to record more interceptions than Law was Chicago’s Mark Carrier, who had 10 interceptions in 1990 … In addition to his nine picks, Law was also credited with a team-high 33 passes defensed … His 33 passes defensed were three times his previous high of 11 (1997) and three more than his career total (30) entering the 1998 season … In the home opener vs. Indianapolis (9/13), Law caught just as many Peyton Manning passes as Colts receiver Marvin Harrison - two … Law finished the game with five tackles and two interceptions, one that he returned 59 yards for a touchdown … He was selected the Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game … It was just the second interception returned for a touchdown in his four-year career … The following week, he made seven tackles and stopped an Oilers scoring threat when he intercepted a pass in the end zone, his third interception of the season, and returned it 18 yards, securing a 27-16 victory over Tennessee (9/20) … Limited Yancey Thigpen to just three receptions for 21 yards in the game … Intercepted his fourth pass in three games when he picked off a Danny Wuerffel attempt at New Orleans (10/4) … His four interceptions for the season marked a new personal best, in just the fourth week of the season … Registered eight solo tackles and added a Dan Marino ball to his collection, which led to a Patriots field goal at Miami (10/25) … Picked off another pair of passes, which were converted into a field goal and a touchdown, and was credited with six passes defensed in a loss to Atlanta (11/8) to earn his second Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game honors of the season … Recorded a team-high and a personal season-high nine tackles and grabbed his eighth interception of the season in a 23-9 victory over his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers …He recovered a Jerry Rice fumble and intercepted a Steve Young pass, his ninth and final interception of the season, which he returned 30 yards to help the Patriots pull off a late-season 24-21 upset victory over the 49ers (12/20) … Earned his third Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game honors in the season finale at New York (12/27) when he recorded five tackles and four passes defensed vs. the Jets.
Law started every game at left cornerback for the Patriots, including both playoff games, and totaled 77 tackles (69 solos) - seventh on the team … His 77 tackles and 69 solo stops represented career-highs for the third-year corner … Intercepted three passes, which he returned for 70 yards, knocked down 11 passes and recovered one fumble … Led the team with nine tackles, including eight solo stops, at Indianapolis (9/7) … Recovered his first career fumble vs. the Jets (9/14) and was credited with four solo stops … Made seven tackles and intercepted his first pass of the season vs. Chicago (9/21) - the seventh of his career … He returned the interception 30 yards … Batted down three passes and totaled three tackles at Denver (10/6) … Intercepted his second pass of the season vs. Buffalo (10/12) and returned it 40 yards - a career-long … Posted five tackles in each of the next three games, including five solo stops after being named the defensive captain vs. Green Bay (10/27) … Shared in a sack with Todd Collins at Minnesota (11/2), his only sack of the year … Intercepted his third and final pass of the season at Buffalo (11/9), ninth of his career … Made seven solo tackles vs. Indianapolis (11/30), followed with nine solo stops at Jacksonville (12/7) and eight tackles vs. Pittsburgh (12/13) … Added six tackles during the postseason, including four solo stops and a pass defensed at Pittsburgh (1/3/98).
Started the first nine games of the season at left cornerback ... Missed three games; at N.Y. Jets (11/10), vs. Denver (11/17) and vs. Indianapolis (11/24) due to a knee sprain ... Returned to the starting lineup at left corner for the final six games, including the three playoff games ... Compiled a career-high and ranked seventh on the team with 62 tackles, despite missing four starts due to a knee injury ... Finished second on the team with three interceptions and 10 passes defensed ... His 56 solo tackles ranked third behind Ted Johnson (87) and Willie Clay (73) ... Finished ninth on the team with 10 defensive tackles in the postseason ... Made five solo stops in the season opener at Miami (9/1) ... Totaled six hits and deflected a pass the following week at Buffalo (9/8) ... Finished second on the team with seven solo stops vs. Washington (10/13) ... Recorded a career-high with 12 tackles, including 10 solos and batted down two passes at Indianapolis (10/20) ... Sprained his knee vs. Miami (11/3) and was sidelined for the next three games ... Returned to action as a reserve at San Diego (12/1) and made one defensive stop ... Returned to the starting lineup at left corner vs. the Jets (12/8) and grabbed his first interception of the season, which he returned 38 yards for a touchdown ... It was the first touchdown of his professional career and earned him his first Miller Lite Player of the Game honors ... Repeated as Miller Lite Player of the Game the following week at Dallas (12/15) when he posted seven solo hits and intercepted a pair of Aikman passes in a 12-6 loss ... Prevented two touchdowns in the game by deflecting a pass out of the arms of Cowboy WR Michael Irvin and intercepting another pass in the end zone ... Closed out the regular season with seven solo stops at the Giants (12/21) ... Provided 10 tackles in three postseason games, including three hits in Super Bowl XXXI vs. Green Bay (1/26/97).
Started seven of 14 games as a rookie, missing just two games vs. Buffalo (10/23) and Carolina (10/30) due to a hip flexor injury ... He finished the year ranked 10th in total tackles with 47 (40 solos), including his first career sack ... He was credited with nine passes defensed, including three interceptions for 47 yards ... He saw action on special teams early in the season and contributed one solo tackle for the Patriots coverage units ... Played in each of the first three games, seeing action in nickel and dime pass coverages ... Recorded five solo tackles at San Francisco (9/17) ... Made his NFL starting debut as a nickel back to defend against Atlanta’s “Red Gun” offense (10/1) and was credited with four defensive stops ... Replaced Maurice Hurst (calf injury) to make his NFL starting debut at right cornerback at Kansas City (10/15) ... He missed the next two games due to a hip flexor injury and was listed among the Patriots inactives ... He earned the starting position at right corner late in the season ... Made his first of five consecutive starts in a 35-25 victory at Buffalo (11/26) and recorded his first NFL interception on a Jim Kelly pass ... Picked off his second pass of the season the following week vs. New Orleans (12/3) and returned it 38 yards, the second-longest interception return of the season for the Patriots ... Extended his interception streak to three games the following week and provided eight defensive stops in a 31-28 victory over the New York Jets (12/10) ... Closed out his rookie campaign with a season-high eight solo stops, including his first career sack at Indianapolis (12/23) when he hit Jim Harbaugh on a corner-blitz late in the first quarter.