Richard Seymour becomes 10th Patriot to earn enshrinement into Hall of Fame

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Richard Seymour remembered his eight seasons in Foxboro fondly during his Hall of Fame induction Saturday when he became the 10th Patriot enshrined in Canton.

“Coming out of college, the experts said, ‘Hey, Richard, you’ll be a top-10 pick,’ and I knew exactly where I wanted to play — some place warm,” he said to laughter during his 9-minute speech. “The Lord answered that prayer and sent me (to New England). When the Patriots selected me sixth overall, it was one of the luckiest breaks of my life.”

Seymour pushed for selectors to vote Patriots owner Robert Kraft into the Hall of Fame and called Bill Belichik the greatest coach of all time. He also joked about the team having “a young quarterback (in Tom Brady), but we made it work.”

He finished his career with the Raiders and thanked Al Davis and Raiders Nation.

“As the mantra goes, once a Raider. . . .,” Seymour said, letting the crowd finish.

Seymour, a seven-time Pro Bowler, played 12 NFL seasons, totaling 498 tackles and 57.5 sacks. He was named All-Pro three times and earned a place on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

“I’m overwhelmed today with humility,” Seymour said. “It’s not because of what this moment says about me, but what this moment says about ‘we,’ and what we can do together. I’m overwhelmed today with gratitude, but I didn’t get here alone. None of us did. None of us could have. Class of 2022, they say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. I couldn’t be among better company than you. It’s a privilege bound forever with you in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

16 responses to “Richard Seymour becomes 10th Patriot to earn enshrinement into Hall of Fame

  1. His greatest play of his career came in 2010 when the Raiders player the Steelers. Once a Raider , always a Raider! Congrats #92

  2. Too bad his legacy and reputation is ruined by the constant cheating and association with criminals like Kraft and Hernandez.

  3. I remember being 14 in 2001. The pundits said we should’ve take David Terrell and that Seymour was a reach considering he only had 6.5 sacks at his career in Georgia. 😂😂😂😂😂

    Congrats Big Rich! Huge piece for those “homeland defenses” in the early dynasty years.

  4. Ron Borges wrote a column about Seymour being too tall and drafting him was a mistake. I remember watching Seymour and thinking, what does he not like about the player? I think he overcame all concerns.

  5. Andre Tippett
    Bill Parcells
    Curtis Martin
    John Hannah
    Junior Seau
    Mike Haynes
    Nick Buoniconti
    Randy Moss
    Ty Law
    Richard Seymour

  6. Patrick says:
    August 6, 2022 at 3:33 pm
    Too bad his legacy and reputation is ruined by the constant cheating and association with criminals like Kraft and Hernandez.

    I’m surprised that a whole bunch of people actually took the time to up or down vote your post, considering how ridiculous it is.

  7. navyvandal says:
    August 6, 2022 at 4:48 pm
    I remember being 14 in 2001. The pundits said we should’ve take David Terrell and that Seymour was a reach considering he only had 6.5 sacks at his career in Georgia
    —-
    No just “pundit” without the s. Or plagiarist whatever you prefer. 🙂

  8. “This wouldn’t have had happened if it wasn’t for Coach Belichick. Thanks for everything you taught me.”

    Only if Brady knew how to appreciate what made him.

  9. correctingerrors says:
    August 6, 2022 at 6:03 pm
    Andre Tippett
    Bill Parcells
    Curtis Martin
    John Hannah
    Junior Seau
    Mike Haynes
    Nick Buoniconti
    Randy Moss
    Ty Law
    Richard Seymour

    ———-

    Half those guys spend a day as pats.

  10. Only if Brady knew how to appreciate what made him.

    +++++

    Let us wait and see if Belichick will be able to “develop” even one Patriots HOF without Brady.

  11. Patrick says:
    August 6, 2022 at 3:33 pm
    Too bad his legacy and reputation is ruined by the constant cheating and association with criminals like Kraft and Hernandez.
    ———————
    Remind me again what cheating Seymour was ever accused of? Or what season he was teammates with Hernandez? I can’t seem to find a roster they both shared. Genius.

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