The New England Patriots have a tradition of the No. 24 jersey representing greatness in their franchise. For 10 years, legendary defensive back Ty Law donned the number. Then, arguably the best cornerback in the league today, Darrelle Revis, wore the number for one season in 2014.
New England is now hoping top 2016 pick Cyrus Jones will add to the legacy of that number.
Jones was the team’s first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as the Patriots had to give up their first-round election due to the “Deflategate” scandal in early 2015. However, many believe that the team had a pretty good draft with 12 picks last weekend and Jones headlining the class.
The Alabama cornerback and punt returner talked about the history behind the No. 24 at the annual rookie welcome on Friday.
“Definitely a lot of history,” Jones said after the traditional welcome photo with owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft. “Great defensive backs and great players, two of the greatest players to ever step foot in the National Football League. It’s definitely a legacy behind the number and I want to make my own legacy with the number.”
The funny thing about Jones’ career with the Patriots and him wearing No. 24 is that he was just barely two years old when the player who made the number famous began his career in Foxboro. He said that he took a lot of inspiration from Law growing up.
“I knew who Ty Law was before I came here, and watched him as a young kid still trying to learn the game,” he said. “I definitely remember watching him make a lot of plays on TV.”
Law recorded 36 interceptions and six touchdowns during his career with the Patriots. Cyrus Jones, who recorded five interceptions in two seasons with Alabama, certainly has a lot to live up to.
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