Matt Light Made the Patriots Hall of Fame for Being Ashamed of Being a Patriot When the Team Kneeled

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Matt Light Made the Patriots Hall of Fame for Being Ashamed of Being a Patriot When the Team Kneeled

On WEEI as I was dri­ving into work today in between expres­sions of delight at the unex­pected suc­cess of the Celtics vs LeBron James and Cleve­land I was lis­ten­ing to the hosts express sur­prise that Matt Light won the fan vote for the Patri­ots Hall of fame over Richard Sey­mour and Mike Vra­bel.

On Wednes­day, the team announced the fans have voted for Light to be the 27th per­son to be inducted into the Patri­ots Hall of Fame. Light spent his entire 11-​year career (200111) with the Patri­ots. The left tackle joins Kevin Faulk (2016), Troy Brown (2012) and Tedy Bruschi (2013) as the fourth player to enter The Hall as a career Patriot with three Super Bowl rings.

Light beat out Mike Vra­bel and Richard Seymour.

For 11 sea­sons, Matt’s many accom­plish­ments, both on and off the field, made him the con­sum­mate Patriot,” said Patri­ots Chair­man and CEO Robert Kraft in a state­ment. “His con­tri­bu­tions helped the Patri­ots become cham­pi­ons on the field and in the com­mu­nity. 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. As proud as I am of Matt’s many con­tri­bu­tions to those cham­pi­onship teams, I truly believe that his last­ing legacy will be mea­sured by the many pos­i­tive things he and his wife, Susie, have done to help oth­ers in the com­mu­nity. Their invest­ment in the lives of chil­dren will pay div­i­dends for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Light’s induc­tion cer­e­mony will be held on the NRG Plaza out­side The Hall at Patriot Place on Sat­ur­day, Sept. 29.

Both Sey­mour and Vra­bel would have been more than wor­thy choices as they made huge con­tri­bu­tions to the team as play­ers and one could argue that despite Light’s longer tenure on the team that either one of the would have been expected to beat Light in fan bal­lot­ing, par­tic­u­larly given that they both played in higher vis­i­bil­ity posi­tions and had been on the bal­lot in years past.

But there is one thing that Matt Light did that nei­ther Vra­bel or Sey­mour did: When the New Eng­land Patri­ots did this last year

Light spoke up very pub­licly say­ing this:

The for­mer Patri­ots offen­sive line­man took issue with nearly 20 play­ers tak­ing a knee dur­ing the national anthem ahead of the team’s win over the Hous­ton Tex­ans at Gillette Sta­dium. Light went so far as to say he was “ashamed” to be a for­mer Patriot. “If you think it’s OK to take a knee dur­ing our national anthem and dis­re­spect openly the national anthem,” Light told the Boston Her­ald, “you are wrong. I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t mat­ter.” Light also said some­thing like that wouldn’t have hap­pened dur­ing his time with the club. “As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond dis­heart­en­ing. It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.”

As I recall Light took a lot of heat on WEEI for doing so but while Boston sports talk hosts didn’t appre­ci­ate his objec­tions appar­ently the fans did and when it came time to vote for the Patri­ots Hall of Fame, their first choice was a real Patriot.

The fact that, at least while I was lis­ten­ing, the crew at WEEI had no idea why Light would have won over Sey­mour and Vra­bel and the fact that these guys didn’t instantly real­ize that this was the dif­fer­ence says a whole lot more about them then it does about Light.

Update: I had a ques­tion for the NFL

While I don’t expect the league or the Patri­ots to acknowl­edge the part Light’s unequiv­o­cal response to those anthem protests had in his vic­tory you bet­ter believe that not only has the league noticed this but every GM & Owner who might be con­sider sign­ing one of the kneel­ers has too.


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On WEEI as I was driving into work today in between expressions of delight at the unexpected success of the Celtics vs LeBron James and Cleveland I was listening to the hosts express surprise that Matt Light won the fan vote for the Patriots Hall of fame over Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel.

On Wednesday, the team announced the fans have voted for Light to be the 27th person to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Light spent his entire 11-year career (2001-11) with the Patriots. The left tackle joins Kevin Faulk (2016), Troy Brown (2012) and Tedy Bruschi (2013) as the fourth player to enter The Hall as a career Patriot with three Super Bowl rings.

Light beat out Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour.

“For 11 seasons, Matt’s many accomplishments, both on and off the field, made him the consummate Patriot,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in a statement. “His contributions helped the Patriots become champions on the field and in the community. 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. As proud as I am of Matt’s many contributions to those championship teams, I truly believe that his lasting legacy will be measured by the many positive things he and his wife, Susie, have done to help others in the community. Their investment in the lives of children will pay dividends for generations to come.”

Light’s induction ceremony will be held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Both Seymour and Vrabel would have been more than worthy choices as they made huge contributions to the team as players and one could argue that despite Light’s longer tenure on the team that either one of the would have been expected to beat Light in fan balloting, particularly given that they both played in higher visibility positions and had been on the ballot in years past.

But there is one thing that Matt Light did that neither Vrabel or Seymour did:  When the New England Patriots did this last year

Light spoke up very publicly saying this:

The former Patriots offensive lineman took issue with nearly 20 players taking a knee during the national anthem ahead of the team’s win over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Light went so far as to say he was “ashamed” to be a former Patriot. “If you think it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem,” Light told the Boston Herald, “you are wrong. I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t matter.” Light also said something like that wouldn’t have happened during his time with the club. “As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond disheartening. It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.”

As I recall Light took a lot of heat on WEEI for doing so but while Boston sports talk hosts didn’t appreciate his objections apparently the fans did and when it came time to vote for the Patriots Hall of Fame, their first choice was a real Patriot.

The fact that, at least while I was listening, the crew at WEEI had no idea why Light would have won over Seymour and Vrabel and the fact that these guys didn’t instantly realize that this was the difference says a whole lot more about them then it does about Light.

Update: I had a question for the NFL

While I don’t expect the league or the Patriots to acknowledge the part Light’s unequivocal response to those anthem protests had in his victory you better believe that not only has the league noticed this but every GM & Owner who might be consider signing one of the kneelers has too.


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Finally might I suggest my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.