FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is one of 10 current New England Patriots named Tuesday to the club’s all-decade team.
The quarterback, who became the starter in the third game of 2001, was chosen as the best at his position from 2000-2009 along with current New England wide receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker, offensive linemen Dan Koppen, Matt Light, Logan Mankins and Nick Kaczur, defensive end Ty Warren, nose tackle Vince Wilfork and kick returner Kevin Faulk.
The all-decade team was selected Monday by a 22-person committee of media members, former Patriots players and current staff members.
Bill Belichick, who has been coach since 2000, was the club’s head coach of the decade.
Four of the 26 players picked also were on the Patriots all-decade team of the 1990s — cornerback Ty Law, defensive end Willie McGinest, safety Lawyer Milloy and kicker Adam Vinatieri. McGinest was chosen as an outside linebacker on the team of the 2000s.
Other members of the 2000-2009 team are offensive guard Joe Andruzzi, tight end Daniel Graham, wide receiver Troy Brown, running back Corey Dillon, defensive end Richard Seymour, outside linebacker Mike Vrabel, inside linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Roman Phifer, cornerback Asante Samuel, safety Rodney Harrison, punter Josh Miller and special teams player Larry Izzo.
The committee also chose three finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame. Their names are scheduled to be announced next month with one of them being elected to the Hall of Fame after voting by fans.