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February 10, 2019 Black History Month Tribute – Ty Law!

Posted on February 9, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s Black History Month Tribute salutes the Wolverine career of Ty Law. Yes, Tajuan E. “Ty” Law was born on this day at Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Let’s take a closer look at Ty Law’s outstanding football career at Michigan and in the National Football League.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Ty Law

According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Ty Law grew up in the town of his birth – Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Ty attended Aliquippa High School and had a solid athletic career. He starred on offense and defense for the football team. Law also played on the basketball team. In fact, he was the team MVP in his senior season. Ty also ran track. Law had some excellent choices available when it came time to continue his education. Fortunately, he chose Michigan.

Starting as a Freshman – Impressive!

Ty Law arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1992. He was good enough to get on the field as a true freshman. In fact, Ty started seven games in his first season and earned his first varsity letter. Michigan posted a record of 9-0-3 in 1992 and won the Big Championship for the fifth consecutive season.

The 1993 season went better for Ty Law, but not for Michigan. Law started eleven games at cornerback and earned first team All-Conference honors. Unfortunately, the Wolverines slipped to a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The defending conference champions posted a final record of 5-3-0 which was only good for a fourth-place tie.

Ty Law Michigan Football 1994 | gobluefootballhistory.com

All-American Ty Law Michigan Football 1994. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

From Starter to All-American to the NFL

Ty was back for his third season in 1994 and it turned out to be his best ever. Law started every game at cornerback and earned first team All-American and All-Conference honors. He posted a career high fifty-eight tackles (45 solo and 13 assists) and picked off two enemy passes. Ty also broke up seven passes. However, Michigan finished with another 8-4-0 regular season and only won five of eight conference games.

Ty Law opted to enter the NFL due to a family hardship in the spring of 1995. He went on to a very successful fifteen-year career in the NFL. Law left the “league” as a three-time Super Bowl champion (all with New England). He made five trips to the Pro Bowl and was named a first team All-Oro in 1998 and 2003. He is a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. Of course, Ty added to his legacy by his recent selection to the NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Law is the ninth Michigan Man to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and the second African-American Wolverine. Well done, Ty Law!

Michigan Man –  Tajuan E. “Ty” Law

Yes, Ty Law could flat-out play football. He was a stellar defender who could tackle and make big plays on the ball. Please take a moment to remember the contributions of Ty Law to Michigan Football. I hope that he has a great time with family and friends on his special day today. Happy Birthday Ty and Go Blue!

Ty Law Michigan All American | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Ty Law finished his career with 161 tackles and 8 interceptions. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

For more information about Ty Law’s life go to the following link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Law

Part II. February 10, 2019 – National Day Calendar

 

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