On Tuesday, the New England Patriots announced that former linebacker Willie McGinest, has been elected into the Patriots Hall Of Fame. The three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Patriots all-decade team member was voted by fans around the nation, and becomes the 24th member inducted. McGinest, now joins former defensive lineman Houston Antwine as the 2015 inductee members.
The linebacker was selected fourth overall in the 1994 NFL Draft, coming from South Carolina University. Twelve of McGinests’ fifteen seasons played were dedicated to the Patriots, and was a big part of Super Bowl wins in 2001, 2003 and also in 2004.
When you put the statistics into play, McGinest ranks third in sacks, with 78. The amount of sacks McGinest earned ended up placing him as the leader in sacks on the team for six different seasons. In the postseason, McGinest would earn the NFL Postseason record with a remarkable 16 sacks.
The Patriots picked up a nice addition by gaining McGinest for 12 different seasons, and throughout his career, he’s marked as one of the best defensive players to ever play the game.