Why Richard Seymour Belongs in the Hall of Fame

Why Richard Seymour Belongs in the Hall of Fame
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2020 is Richard Seymour is having a second second crack at the Hall of Fame having fallen short last year. Following a career filled with accolades Seymour will be hoping his name is called on Super Bowl eve to get a Gold Jacket fitted ready for a Hall of Fame induction.

Richard Seymour: The Patriots Years

The 6th overall pick of the 2001 draft Richard Seymour was an instant hit for the New England Patriots. Not least because he was a defensive centerpiece of their early 2000’s team that bagged the Pat’s their first three Super Bowls. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl in Seymour’s Rookie year with him chipping in with a sack as they defeated the Rams 20-17.

Seymour spent 8 seasons with the Pats. Which included two further Superbowl rings in ‘03 and ‘04 seasons. During the latter he again contributed with a sack. Through his career at the ‘Pats Seymour made three straight appearances on the All Pro team ‘03 to ‘05. As well as 5 consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl from ‘02 to ‘06.

Seymour’s contribution to the Patriots was praised. “I do not believe we would have won three championships without him” Bill Belichick commented – high praise indeed.

The Raiders Years

The Oakland Raiders traded a 2011 first round pick for Seymour on the 6th of September 2009. A pick New England used on their long time Tackle Nate Solder. Seymour was originally reluctant to join the Raiders, which included the threat of not reporting to the team. However, he continued to be a dominating force in the league. Making the Pro Bowl two out of his four years in Silver and Black in ‘10 and ‘11. All this despite the Raiders only going 25-39 in his time with the team.

Richard Seymour retired with some incredible accomplishments in his 12 year spell in the league: 3 Super Bowl rings, 3 times All Pro and 5 trips to the Pro Bowl. Add to that his selection to the 2000’s all decade team. Alongside teammates Tom Brady, Adam Vinatieri and Randy Moss from the Patriots and Warren Sapp, Charles Woodson and Shane Lechler from the Raiders. Not to meniton of course ‘Pats Head Coach Bill Belichick.

Since his retirement in 2012 Seymour has kept himself busy, not with football but Poker of all things! He’s taken home over $640,000 in recent years and will be hoping some of that luck will get him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame come February.

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