He hasn’t played for the Patriots since 2004, which also happened to be the last year the Pats won a Super Bowl. But cornerback Ty Law hopes to officially retire as a member of the team.
Even though he already has unofficially called it quits.
“Just this past year [I retired],” Law told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “It’s pretty much official. I’ll tell you, I had an opportunity to play last year, but it just wasn’t the right time. I said, it’s time to call it a career, but hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to officially retire as a Patriot. That’s my ultimate goal right now.”
But Rapoport points out that the Pats haven’t recently handed out one-day retirement deals. Law, who has played for the Jets (2005 and 2008), Chiefs (2006-07), and Broncos (2009) since leaving New England, doesn’t seem to be deterred by that fact.
“That’s one of the reasons I haven’t officially turned my papers in because I would like to at least say the last contract I signed was with New England,” Law said. “That would be an honor if I was able to do that, if Mr. [Robert] Kraft was to bless me with something like that, that would be the icing on the cake for a 15-year career.”
Arriving at the same event Law was attending (Law was honored as part of The Sport’s Museum’s 10th annual Tradition Awards), Kraft said of Law, “To me, he is a Patriot. He will always be a Patriot.”
That could be interpreted two ways. First, it could mean that Kraft will agree to the request. Second, it could mean that Kraft doesn’t believe a ceremonial contract is necessary to confirm Law’s status with the franchise.