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Patriots 2013 Hall of Fame Finalists Announced
Starting today (Patriots Day in Massachusetts), Patriots fans are encouraged to vote for the Patriots player most deserving of hall of fame enshrinement. Fans can vote on www.patriots.com for the next month. Voting will end on May 15 and the Patriots will announce the 2013 Patriots Hall of Fame selection in early June.
This year’s selection by the fans will become the 21st person to be enshrined into the Patriots Hall of Fame. He will join Gil Santos, the Voice of the New England Patriots, at an induction ceremony in September. Santos learned of his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony to honor Santos and Gino Cappelletti prior to the last home game of the 2012 season. Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft surprised Santos with the announcement that the legendary Voice of the Patriots would become the 20th person to be inducted and just the second non-player to earn the honor as a contributor for his off-field contributions to the team. It is the highest honor the team can bestow an individual.
Santos, who valiantly overcame life-threatening health complications early in 2012 to return to the broadcast booth last year, announced his intention to retire after the 2012. For 36 seasons, spanning five decades, he earned the moniker “Voice of the New England Patriots.” In 36 seasons, he missed just one game, a preseason game in 1971.
The Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held every September on the plaza just outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The outdoor ceremony is free and open to the public. Patriots fans of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Beginning in 2007, the Patriots started a new hall of fame tradition, inducting one player or head coach to The Hall each year. The process for induction now involves a panel of media, alumni and staff, who collectively nominate the players or head coaches most deserving of induction. After the nominations are made, the committee votes and the top three tallies become that year’s finalists. The Patriots then give their fans the opportunity to vote online to select each year’s winner.
Earlier this month, a 19-person nomination committee met to discuss this year’s candidates for induction. Those votes were tallied and the three finalists were revealed today. Now it is up to the fans to select this year’s honoree.
Fans are encouraged to vote any time between now and May 15, 2013. Voters will be limited to one vote per computer IP address. The player receiving the most votes will become the 19th player (or head coach) and 21st person to be named to the Patriots Hall of Fame. This year’s finalists are listed below:
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About the Patriots Hall of Fame
The Patriots Hall of Fame was officially formed in 1991 after John Hannah became the first Patriots player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With the hall of fame, the Patriots created a new way of honoring their greatest players. It wasn’t until 2008, with the opening of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, that Patriots players, past and present, truly had a place to call home that they could share with their fans. Now, enshrinement into The Hall is an honor befitting of the franchise’s greatest players, with 30-foot video pylons displaying each enshrinee. Beginning in 2007, fans became part of the hall of fame tradition and active participants in the selection process.
This year’s enshrinee will join 20 other Patriots’ greats and two contributors as a member of the New England Patriots’ Hall of Fame (listed in alphabetical order below with year of induction):
Bruce Armstrong (2001)
Drew Bledsoe (2011)
Troy Brown (2012)
Nick Buoniconti (1992)
Gino Cappelletti (1992)
Ben Coates (2008)
Sam Cunningham (2010)
Bob Dee (1993)
Steve Grogan (1995)
John Hannah (1991)
Mike Haynes (1994)
Jim Lee Hunt (1993)
Stanley Morgan (2007
Jon Morris (2011)
Jim Nance (2009)
Steve Nelson (1993)
Vito “Babe” Parilli (1993)
Andre Tippett (1999)
William H. “Billy” Sullivan, Jr. (2009)
Gil Santos (2013)
About The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for the thousands of schoolchildren expected to visit each year.
For more information, please visit www.thehallatpatriotplace.com.