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McGinest humbled to get Hall call

The 24th inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame reacts to the news.

[wysifield-embeddedaudio|eid="329366"|type="embeddedaudio"|view_mode="full"]The first Patriots draft choice under the ownership of the Kraft family has been elected by fans as the 24th member of the team's Hall of Fame. Former linebacker/defensive end Willie McGinest thanked fans, the Kraft family, the media who cover the team, and his former teammates and coaches for helping achieve this milestone.

"I'm honored to be the 24th inductee," McGinest told reporters on a conference call. "It's a humbling experience. I know I was one of a couple of really, really talented players that were also deserving. I'm just happy and blessed to be in this position."

McGinest beat out cornerback Raymond Clayborn and offensive tackle Leon Gray in voting that took place online earlier this spring.

Check out our favorite photos of former Patriots LB Willie McGinest (1994-2005), who was voted by the fans for 2015 induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame.  

McGinest recalled that he thought, coming out of the University of Southern California, that he was going to be selected by the Dallas Cowboys because of connections he had with them at the time, and that fact that he didn't receive much pre-draft attention from then-head coach Bill Parcells.

"Really didn't watch a lot of New England football," McGinest added. "In short… it all worked out pretty well."

McGinest, of course, went on to become an integral part of New England's first three Super Bowl winning teams in 2001, '03, and '04.  He will be inducted in a ceremony later this summer along with defensive lineman Houston Antwine (selected in April 2 by the senior selection committee).


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