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Light, Seymour, Vrabel finalists for Patriots Hall

Light, Seymour, Vrabel finalists for Patriots Hall

Offensive lineman Matt Light, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and linebacker Mike Vrabel, three cornerstones of the Patriots' first three Super Bowl title teams, are this year's finalists for induction into the team's Hall of Fame.

Fans can vote for one of the three to be this year's inductee at patriots.com/2018hof through May 14. The Patriots will announce the selection that week.  

Light is a first-time finalist, Seymour a finalist for the second year in a row and Vrabel for the third year in a row. The enshrinement ceremony for the 27th inductee into the Hall at Patriot Place in Foxboro will be held this summer outside the Hall at a date and time to be announced.

Light spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots, anchored the offensive line at left tackle and protected Tom Brady’s blind side for more than a decade. The three-time Pro Bowl selection joined  Brady (8), Cornelius Bennett, John Elway and Charles Haley as the only players to start in at least five Super Bowls.

Seymour spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Patriots. He was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls with the Patriots (2002-06) and was a four-time first team All-Pro.

Vrabel, named coach of the Houston Texans this offseason, joined the Patriots as a free agent in 2001 and played eight years in New England. He started at inside and outside linebacker and regularly lined up on offense in short-yardage and goal-line situations, catching 10 passes, including touchdowns receptions in two Super Bowl victories.

Click here for NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran's thoughts on the logjam of present and future candidates for the team's Hall.

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Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.

Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."

Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:

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Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.

Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.

Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."

The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.

No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England. 

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