In what was an injury-plagued, talent-lacking, erratic and overall disappointing secondary in 2011, there was a lone bright light named Kyle Arrington.
Arrington had his best season as a pro in 2011, collecting 15 pass defenses, 88 tackles and tying for first place in the NFL with seven interceptions—not bad for a former undrafted free agent and longtime practice squad player.
With Devin McCourty battling through a sophomore slump and Patrick Chung spending most of his time on the injured list, Arrington was the most consistent defender in the secondary.
Something that isn't talked about nearly enough is Arrington's performance in Super Bowl XLVI, in which his primary assignment was covering 2011 All-Pro wide receiver Victor Cruz in the slot.
Although he reeled in a pass for a touchdown, Cruz was held to just four receptions and 25 yards in the Super Bowl—one of his least productive outings of the season.
After recording Pro Bowl numbers throughout the season and putting together a fantastic performance in the biggest game of his career, it's surprising that there seems to be a lack of praise and appreciation for Arrington among Patriots fans.