Law, Ty

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Ty Law in his first spell with the Jets.
Tajuan "Ty" Law is a Pro Bowl cornerback for the New York Jets.

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Background and college career

Born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Law went to Aliquippa High School and earned All-American first-team honors by Parade and Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report. Law also played tailback, cornerback, safety, wide receiver and return specialist to help lead the team to the Class AA state title as a senior. 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.

NFL Career

Before the Jets

He 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. 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. 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 by notorious whinger and 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. 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.

As a Jet (1st time)

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

Law 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 well, but that was due to an injury to Miami's Zach Thomas, not by means of popular vote by the fans). Law was released by the Jets on February 22, 2006 as the Jets were a projected $26 million over the salary cap for 2006 Law was due to make $7.6 million for 2006.

Off to Hermland

On July 25, Law passed his physical with the Kansas City 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. In the Chiefs' 2006 dismal playoff loss against the Indianapolis Colts, Law intercepted 2 passes from Peyton Manning. This set the NFL postseason record for most postseason interceptions (5) ever recorded by one player against another.

As a Jet (2nd time)

On November 10, 2008, Law agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Jets.

Personal

Law attended the same high school (Aliquippa) as fellow Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. He has one daughter Ty'a and a son, Tajaun Jr. In 2005, Law hit the headlines when he bacame a victim of identity theft when became a victim of identity theft when a man named Jonathan Hoskins created an Ohio driver's license in Law's name. Hoskin also made two $10,000 withdrawals from Law's bank account.

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