Saturday night was the dawning of a harvest that was planted roughly 25 years ago.
Ty Law was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. There were dozens of Patriots, past and present in attendance to see a pivotal piece of the first wave of the Patriots dynasty get his gold jacket.
Much like the uncharted territory of a dynasty that has filled out two decades, we are constantly reaping the unknown benefits and Canton is the dawning of whole new level. The question becomes, how many more times are we going to see a night like this?
Rodney Harrison said this past week, as he dawned the red jacket that signified his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame, that there was a bias against Patriots players that was keeping them out of the Hall. That because New England was viewed as such a tight knit unit that they didn’t have players that were individually great. If the Patriots are going to build their own wing in Canton, who are going to be the cornerstones?
Richard Seymour was a finalist this past year and many conclude that he will eventually get in, perhaps as early as 2020. Brady, Belichick and Kraft are locks. Don’t forget Adam Vinatieri, even though he’s now officially been a Colt longer than he was a Patriot, his highlight package is going to be heavily New England based.
Perhaps the most obvious choices are hiding in plain sight, as they’re on television seemingly every single day. Willie McGuinest, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison should all get serious looks at Canton. This is the wave that I think Harrison was talking about, the players who made big plays and led championship teams, but their individual statistics are washed aside by the postgame champagne of another team win.
Others to see consideration will be Vince Wilfork and Matt Light. It will be fascinating and if Rodney’s right, frustrating to watch for years to come.