JETS SIGN FOUR-TIME PRO BOWL CB TY LAW
New York City – The New York Jets announced today the signing of free agent CB Ty Law. Terms of the agreement were undisclosed. The announcement was made by Jets Executive Vice President/General Manager Terry Bradway.
Law, who turned 31 on February 10, ranks second on the New England Patriots all-time interceptions list with 35 career picks, one behind Raymond Clayborns franchise-record 36 interceptions. He 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 the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in his career following the 2003 season. Moved into sole 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 on October 10, 2003.
Law owns the New England Patriots record with six career interceptions returned for touchdowns. He has also returned three interceptions for touchdowns in postseason play, including one in the Super Bowl and two in the Pro Bowl.
Law 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 also tied for the Patriots lead with four interceptions during the 2002 season. Law played in 134 games during his nine-year career with the Patriots.
Law intercepted three passes during the 2001 season and returned two for 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 to return two interceptions 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 Pro Bowl 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 Pro Bowl, Law intercepted a pass and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown and became the first defensive back to be voted co-MVP of the game in nine years. He set a career high with 77 tackles (69 solos) in 1997, a feat he equaled in both 2002 and 2003.
Law returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown against the Jets (12/08/96). It was his first career touchdown. He repeated as Player of the Game the following week at Dallas (12/15/96) when he posted seven solo hits and intercepted a pair of Troy Aikman passes in a 12-6 loss. He prevented two touchdowns 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.
He recorded a career-high 12 tackles, including 10 solos and batted down two passes at Indianapolis (10/20/96).
Law was selected in the first round of the 1995 Draft by the Patriots following his junior season at Michigan. He declared himself eligible for the 1995 NFL draft after lettering for three years at Michigan (1992-94) and earned first-team All-American honors from Walter Camp as a junior and was a two-time unanimous All-Big Ten Conference selection. He finished his collegiate career with 154 total tackles (120 solos) and 17 passes defensed, including six interceptions and 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.
Tajuan Law was born the son of Raymond and Diane Law on Feb. 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pa., a suburb northwest of Pittsburgh. Law attended Aliquippa (Pa.) High and earned All-American first-team honors by Parade and Tom Lemming?s Prep Football Report. Aliquippa is also the hometowns of Pro Football Hall of Famers Mike Ditka (TE) and RB Tony Dorsett (RB).
Law played tailback, cornerback, safety, wide receiver and return specialist to help lead the team (The ?Quips) 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 before heading to Michigan. Also earned MVP honors in basketball. Ty is the father of a daughter (Tya) and a son (Ty, Jr.).