Richard Seymour, legendary defensive tackle for the New England Patriots, was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio today.
Seymour was the Patriots’ first-round draft pick in 2001, a rookie for their Super Bowl XXXVI campaign and an integral part of the First Dynasty. While Tom Brady is obviously the spark plug for Patriots dynasties, Seymour was a key piece of the defenses that paved the way for Tom Brady’s early career.
Seymour’s accolades with the Patriots include five Pro Bowl selections, three consecutive First Team All Pro selections from 2003-2005, and a second additional All Pro selection in 2006.
Seymour is a member of the NFL All 2000 Team of the Decade, the Pats’ 50th Anniversary Team, and the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. He was consistently the most feared player defensively during the Patriots’ first dynasty and beyond. For nine years, Richard Seymour’s career in New England was nothing short of remarkable.
Most importantly of all his accolades, Seymour is a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots.
Reminiscing about Seymour’s time with New England, coach Bill Belichick said:
He was one of the players who learned the techniques of the National Football League very quickly. He very quickly understood and perfected his passing-rushing techniques and his running techniques to become a dominant defensive lineman.
In 2009, Seymour was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a 2011 first-round pick that ultimately turned into Nate Solder. Seymour initially refused to play for Oakland. Once he settled in, he provided the Raiders with 2 Pro Bowl seasons and added another second team all pro selection before retiring after the 2012 season.
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The Patriots of the early 2000s weren’t about the big names. Among stars like Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Teddy Bruschi, Lawyer Milloy, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, only Law and Seymour are enrolled in Canton. But that’s Patriot’s way, to make it work as a team rather than on individual accomplishments.
More Patriots will go to Canton in the coming years, assuming Tom Brady retires, and you can make the case for Devin McCourty, Vince Wilfork, Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman, but for now, big kudos go. impose for the number 93, Richard Seymour. Today is about you. Thank you for everything you have brought to the Patriots, New England and the National Football League.