“Patriot Nation, we have another one in Canton,” Richard Seymour proclaimed from the stage during the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
One of eight men to enter the hallowed halls of the game on Saturday, Seymour is now the latest Hall of Famer to have ties to the New England Patriots. A first-round pick by the organization in 2001, he spent the first eight years of his career as a Patriot and, along the way, helped the team win three Super Bowls.
Although he eventually retired as a member of the Oakland Raiders, Seymour will forever be tied to New England. Now, he has become the 10th team member to be inducted into the Hall of Fame; the other nine are:
LB Nick Buoniconti (2001): Buoniconti won a pair of Super Bowl rings in Miami, but his performance as a member of the then-Boston Patriots in the 1960s helped lay the foundation for a Hall of Fame career. The late linebacker appeared in a combined 92 games for the team between 1962 and 1968, earning first- or second-team All-AFL honors in each of them.
G John Hannah (1991): Famously dubbed “the greatest offensive lineman of all time” by Sports Illustrated in 1981, Hannah was indeed the best blocker the NFL had ever seen. During his 13-year career with the Patriots, he was a key member of some of the league’s top running teams while proving to be one of its most physical players. In total, he played in 190 regular season and playoff games between 1973 and 1985.
CB Mike Haynes (1997): A first-round pick in 1976, Haynes spent the first seven years of his career in New England before enjoying further success during another seven-year stint in Oakland. His time with the Patriots saw Haynes appear in 93 games, earn six Pro Bowl nods and ultimately be elected to the team’s Hall of Fame.
CB Ty Law (2019): The first member of the Patriots Dynasty 1.0 to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Law was one of football’s top cornerbacks during his Patriot days. Before ending his career in New York, Kansas City and Denver, he won three Super Bowls in New England and earned four Pro Bowl nominations as well as a spot in the NFL All-Decade Tam for the 2000s. .
RB Curtis Martin (2012)*: The majority of Martin’s success has occurred as a member of the New York Jets, but he started his career as the Patriots. Between 1995 and 1997, the third-round draft pick appeared in 48 games for the club and earned NFL Rookie of the Year honors. He left the team after his third season to reunite with former head coach Bill Parcells.
WR Randy Moss (2018)*: Arguably the most talented wide receiver in NFL history, Moss joined the Patriots in 2007 after a disappointing two-year stint in Oakland. He was able to revive his career, and more: Moss played 56 games with the team over three seasons and earned a place among the most productive pass catchers in franchise history.
HC Bill Parcells (2013)*: The aforementioned Bill Parcells had won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants before retiring from coaching after the 1990s season. Three years later, he was back on the sidelines with the Patriots – a team that he would lead for four years before his controversial departure for New York. Nonetheless, his presence was positive for the once moribund club; New England reached the playoffs twice under his leadership.
LB Junior Bucket (2015)*: Seau already had a Hall of Fame-worthy resume when he decided to come out of retirement to join the Patriots in 2006. He spent part of the next four seasons in New England, playing 42 games. In the grand scheme of things, his time with the team was just a reminder of an already legendary career that began in 1990.
LB Andre Tippett (2008): The Patriots’ all-time bag leader has spent his entire 12-year career with the organization. Between 1982 and 1993, Tippett appeared in 157 games and despite being part of some of the worst teams in franchise history in his final seasons, he was as consistent and productive a player as anyone. which NFL player. As a result, he earned five Pro Bowl nominations and became a member of the Patriots teams of the 1980s and 1990s.
*spent most of his career elsewhere
There are others in the Hall of Fame who also have Patriots ties. However, neither John Lynch nor Raymond Berry achieved this due to their contributions to New England: Lynch was only an offseason member, while Berry had previously been in the Hall of Fame in as a player before joining the team as head coach.
Of course, over the next few years, more will join the above list – from team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick, to quarterback Tom Brady, to tight end Rob Gronkowski and kicker Adam Vinatieri.