FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Matt Light is the newest Patriot to enter the franchise’s hall of fame.
The former offensive tackle is now the 27th person to be inducted after the fans voted him in, the team announced Wednesday.
Light spent his entire 11-year career with New England and played a major role in leading the Patriots to 11 consecutive winning seasons, including nine division championships, five conference crowns and three Super Bowls titles.
He’s the fourth player to enter the Hall of Fame as a Patriot with three Super Bowl rings, following Kevin Faulk (2016), Troy Brown (2012) and Tedy Bruschi (2013).
Light was selected by New England in the second round (48th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he helped the Patriots claim a Super Bowl title.
In 2011 he joined Brady (8), Cornelius Bennett (5), John Elway (5) and Charles Haley (5) as the only players in NFL history to start in at least five Super Bowls.
“For more than a decade, Matt fearlessly protected Tom Brady’s blind side and played an immeasurably important role in delivering three Super Bowl titles and five conference championships,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft
Light’s induction ceremony at Patriot Place on Saturday, Sept. 29. He will also be honored with a halftime ceremony during the Patriots home game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 30.
In 2009, Light was named to the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary Team and earned Pro Bowl honors following the 2006, 2007 and 2010 seasons.
Off the field, Light was also one of the most active players in donating his time to support community initiatives, and in 2005 he earned the Patriots’ Ron Burton Community Service Award.
He created the “The Light Foundation” in 2002, an organization dedicated to empowering young people.
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