With the fan voting for the Patriots Hall of Fame wrapping up yesterday, and Drew Bledsoe almost assured to become a first-ballot inductee, it got me thinking about which players from the Patriots' Super Bowl teams would one day be enshrined. Those teams were composed of a multitude of worthy players and will certainly lead to some great debates as the time for their eligibility for the hall draws near. Given that the Hall only inducts one recent player per year and that a lot of the dynasty-era players will retire around the same time, there is bound to be some healthy competition for the spot each season. What's a voter to do when faced with the choice of Troy Brown vs. Willie McGinest vs. Rodney Harrison vs. Matt Light vs. Ty Law vs. Mike Vrabel vs. Kevin Faulk? Chances are, by the time Tom Brady does retire, there will still be some of his early-day counterparts still waiting to receive their spot in the Hall.
However, out of that long list of legendary Patriots, there's one player that I have no doubt will be a first-ballot inductee. That player, is Tedy Bruschi. What's amazing about Tedy is that he probably wasn't as good of a player as many of the guys I just listed above. He didn't have the stats, or big flashy plays, or iconic Super Bowl moments that many of those other did. However, Tedy Bruschi had something much more meaningful and enduring - a connection with the fans of Foxboro.