Ty Law makes cut to 15 finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In 2014, when cornerback Ty Law was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, one of the questions posed was whether Law might supplement his traditional red Patriots Hall jacket with a gold one from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

His candidacy took a big step on Tuesday night when he was named one of 15 modern-era finalists. It is the first time Law has advanced to the round of 15.

"Ty Law was one of the greatest players in franchise history and one of the premier corners in the NFL during his Patriots career," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said on the day Law was named a Patriots Hall of Fame inductee. "We have had an incredible run of success and the building blocks started with players like Ty. He was an important part of three Super Bowl championship teams."

Law was a first-round draft choice of the Patriots in 1995 out of Michigan, playing with the team through the 2004 season. He went on to play for the New York Jets (2005, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2006, 2007) and Denver Broncos (2009).

His 36 interceptions are tied for the Patriots' franchise record, and he totaled 53 over his career. A two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, he often played his best in the games with the highest stakes.

He had advanced to the semifinal round of Pro Football Hall of Fame voting in 2015, eliminated at the cut to 25. Ron Borges of the Boston Herald has the region's Hall of Fame vote and played an instrumental role in Andre Tippett's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in 2008.