New England announced that Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour, and Rodney Harrison are the finalists this year for induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday, the New England Patriots announced that three former players who were all instrumental in helping the team begin their early-2000s run of dominance are all eligible for induction into the team Hall of Fame this spring. Linebacker Mike Vrabel, defensive end Richard Seymour, and strong safety Rodney Harrison are the three finalists this year.
Patriots fans will now have a little less than two-and-a-half weeks to vote for the player they feel is most deserving of induction amongst those three. The final announcement of the winner should be made sometime in early-to-mid May.
Last year, the fan vote helped elect former tackle Matt Light to the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Aside from being the current head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Vrabel was a key cog in the formation of the Patriots’ dynasty. He signed as a free agent with New England back in 2001, just in time to help the team win three Super Bowls across a four-year span.
As good as Vrabel was defensively as both an inside and an outside linebacker, he was also famous during his Patriots tenure as a red zone receiving threat – often lining up at tight end and catching lobs from Tom Brady in the end zone. He had 10 career receptions, all of them for touchdowns, and two of which came in back-to-back Super Bowl victories.
Richard Seymour remains one of the best first-round draft picks of Bill Belichick’s New England career. He was versatile and intelligent enough to play multiple positions along the line, including defensive tackle and defensive end. Apart from being a three-time Super Bowl champion, he was also named to the Pro Bowl seven times, and racked up 39 sacks over his eight-year New England career.
Casual NFL observers will know Rodney Harrison as a commentator on NBC’s Sunday Night Football alongside Dan Patrick and Tony Dungy, but true fans of the game probably best remember him for his days spent as a San Diego Charger and then as a New England Patriot.
Along with Vrabel, Harrison represents arguably the greatest free agent signing in the Belichick era for the Patriots franchise. In six seasons with the team, he helped New England win two Super Bowl championships, and earned himself two All-Pro nods along the way. Harrison is best remembered for his hard-hitting style of play, as well as for his incredible postseason performances in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Fans can vote here for the finalist they most want to see inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame next month.