Raymond Clayborn voted to Pats' Hall of Fame, says honor was a surprise

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It took longer than it should have, but former Patriots cornerback Raymond Clayborn was voted to the team's Hall of Fame earlier this week.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Clayborn played for the Patriots from 1977-89 and garnered 36 interceptions, which is tied with Ty Law for the franchise record. He was also part of New England's very first Super Bowl squad in 1985 and made his mark during that run with a dominant performance in the AFC Championship Game against the Dolphins. 

In that game, he defended six passes and also intercepted Dan Marino once to secure the win for the Pats. 

Clayborn called the new surprising and couldn't believe he beat out Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour, who were on the ballot with him. 

“I keep reverting back to the Super Bowls and previous years when I was a candidate; it always had gone to one of those guys. I thought the same thing was going to happen again,” Clayborn said Monday upon the official announcement. “I was totally surprised and very happy.”

Team owner Robert Kraft called Clayborn to inform him that he had been elected, and the conversation was caught on video.

Clayborn's genuine surprise is great to see and makes his Hall of Fame nod even better. He will be honored at Gillette Stadium at some point this summer.

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