Best of the Belichick Era: Number 25 — Ty Warren


I'm spending 50 days ranking the top 50 players of the Bill Belichick Era, from No. 50 down to No. 1. (Click here for a criteria on how I made my selections.)


Today we reach . . .

Years With Patriots: 8
Games: 106
Playoff Games: 16
Honors: Super Bowl winner (2003, 2004)

Talk about mainstays. From 2003 through 2007, Ty Warren missed just one out of 90 regular-season games. For a 3-4 defensive tackle, taking that kind of two-gapping pounding, the durability was remarkable. So was Warren’s ability. Playing next to Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour on the defensive line, the Patriots had three first-rounders (Seymour was No. 6 overall in 2001, Warren was No. 13 in 2003 and Wilfork was No. 21 in 2004) in their three-man front that occupied large humans and allowed Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Ted Johnson, Roman Phifer, etc., to make plays at the second level. Warren was overshadowed significantly by all the players around him on those outstanding Patriots defenses, but his presence was indispensable to the success of those teams. Hip injuries caused his productivity and availability to dwindle after the 2007 season and he was released by the team in July of 2011. He signed with Denver and only played one game for the Broncos in three seasons. Everything he had to give, he’d given to New England.


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