And then there were three.
The New England Patriots announced Tuesday that safety Rodney Harrison, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and linebacker Mike Vrabel are the three finalists for this year's induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
The trio was chosen by a 23-person selection committee -- which includes our own Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry -- that narrowed down a list of 13 nominees.
Harrison, Seymour and Vrabel all were teammates on a dominant early-2000s Patriots defense that won back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 2003 and 2004. Seymour and Vrabel won a third Super Bowl together in 2001, while Harrison joined the Patriots in 2003.
Patriots fans have until May 3 to vote for their top choice, with the winner being announced the following week. It may be a difficult choice; Vrabel and Seymour are in their fourth and third years of Patriots Hall of Fame eligibility, respectively, and all three players played central roles in the team's early 2000s dynasty.
This year's winner will join former Patriots tackle Leon Gray, who was selected to the team's Hall of Fame by a 10-person senior committee earlier this month.
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