Although Lawrence Guy has only been on the Patriots for three years, he's certainly made quite the impression.
On Wednesday, the defensive tackle was named to the Patriots 2000s All-Decade Team. A 27-person panel consisting of reporters, alumni and staff, gathered virtually on April 13, to nominate, debate and select the team.
“I am honored to be on that list," Guy said on a video conference. "Going through what I went through at the beginning of my career it shows that a lot of hard work and dedication can lead to a lot of ways and it shows that other people who were in my shoes, or are in my shoes now going through their process in the NFL, that they can achieve something if they put their minds to it. They can achieve their goals and their dreams to be recognized as being a good player in people’s eyes.”
Other members of the defensive line were Chandler Jones, Trey Flowers and Vince Wilfork.
Guy has been one of the most underrated members of the team the last few seasons, as he's been very, very solid up front. His best season came last year when he recorded 61 tackles and three sacks.
The 30-year-old signed with the Patriots prior to the 2017 season after starting his career with the Packers following being drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. From there, he played for the Colts in 2012 and 2013 and then Baltimore from 2014-16, but was more of a role player at each stop.
It appears the Patriots have been able to get the most out of him.
“Well, you know, success comes from pretty much what you put in on it," he said. "I would say the Patriots gave me the opportunity to showcase my talent and gave me the opportunities to sprout my wings more. But all that being said, you’re only as good as what you put into it. If you’re not going to put in the work, or you’re not going to put in the time to get better and constantly improve yourself, you’re not going to accomplish your goals and dreams.
"Being with the Patriots, what they do is if they see that you can see your goals, they push you. That is what you want to be. You want to be pushed harder, but they understand the aspect of how you play and developing and they work with that. They don’t work around it, they work with you to make sure you’re truly able to reach your full potential and I feel like I joined at the best time of my career because like I said, they gave me the opportunity to sprout my wings. They gave me the opportunity to grow as I wanted to grow as a player, as a teammate and a leader on and off the field.”
Guy is now the leader of the Patriots' defensive line.