What Patriots legends should be voted into their Hall of Fame?
It’s almost impossible to keep track of how many stars have passed through the New England Patriots franchise throughout the years. However, as much as the organization would love to honor everyone that’s contributed to their storied success, there simply isn’t enough room in their Hall of Fame to make that significant of an exception.
With that being said, we also didn’t think the likes of Matt Light or Kevin Faulk, the latter of which never eclipsed 1,000 yards in a single season, would be rewarded with an induction. There’s no doubting that they were great players for the Patriots, but they were never really considered the best talents at their respective positions.
While that doesn’t necessarily lower the standard, it does make our job a little bit easier in terms of identifying franchise superstars that absolutely belong in the team’s Hall of Fame. Here are the first four that come to mind.
4. Mike Vrabel
Sure, the head coach version of Mike Vrabel undoubtedly left the Patriots with a sour taste in their mouths after his Tennessee Titans upset the New England in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs last season. However, that obviously shouldn’t alter his status as a franchise legend.
After failing to carve out a starting role with the Pittsburgh Steelers through the first four years of his pro career, Vrabel quickly became an integral component on a Patriots team that captured three Super Bowl’s in the early 2000s.
In eight years with New England, the former star linebacker registered a whopping 606 tackles, 48 sacks, 11 interceptions, 34 passes defended, 13 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 33 quarterback hits. When you think of the prototypical Patriots player, Vrabel and his bruising style of play was it and the organization shouldn’t think twice of inducting him into its Hall of Fame.