The New England Patriots announced today that former three time Super Bowl Champion linebacker Willie McGinest has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame by the fans.
He will be the 24th member to join the Pats Hall of Fame.
“Just a few months after I bought the Patriots, we drafted Willie McGinest in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “We came into the NFL together and will always share a special bond. During his 12-year Patriots career, Willie played a critical role in transforming us from a cellar dweller into a championship-caliber team. He was a leader of a defensive unit that propelled the Patriots to our first Super Bowl Championship in 2001. His leadership during the season and dominance in the postseason proved principal to our success in winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. Willie was a part of so many memorable moments for Patriots fans during his career. Now, I am looking forward to Patriots fans giving Willie a memorable moment as we celebrate his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.”
DL Houston Antwine will also be inducted into the 2015 Patriots Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will take place on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon sometime this summer. It will be free and open to the public the date and time will be announced later.
McGinest was selected by the Patriots in the 4th round of the 1994 draft.
McGinest played in 212 career games for the Patriots and Browns, compiling 798 tackles, 86 sacks, 16 FF, 17 FR, 5 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, and 56 passes defended.
During his 12 years with the Patriots, he complied six hundred and sixty six tackles, 78 sacks, 16 FF, 15 FR, 4 INT, 2 touchdowns, and 46 passes defended in 171 games.
Congrats to one of the best linebackers for the Patriots and the NFL!