Early titles with Patriots lead to Hall of Fame for Seymour

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Sports

Richard Seymour was winning Super Bowls with the New England Patriots before, as he put it, Tom Brady was Tom Brady.The defensive lineman’s early success — three championships in his first four seasons — is as good a starting point as any for how Seymour ended up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.“We’d have a saying with the Patriots that stats can be for losers,” Seymour said. “I was asked to do selfless things.”Seymour had 57 1/2 career sacks in 12 seasons, the first eight in New England before finishing his career with the Oakland Raiders.His three All-Pro seasons were two more than each of the other two Hall of Famers categorized as defensive ends and tackles — Chicago’s Dan Hampton and San Francisco’s Bryant Young.The Patriots did, indeed, win with defense when Seymour was a rookie in 2001, the year Brady became the starter. New England turned into a top 10 defense that year, then held the “Greatest Show on Turf” without a touchdown into the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl before beating the St. Louis Rams 20-17 on Adam Vinatieri’s final-play field goal.New England missed the playoffs in 2002 before winning the next two Super Bowls, over Carolina and Philadelphia. Dallas is the only other franchise to win three Super Bowls in four seasons (1992-95).Seymour, who is set for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, is the second player off those New England defenses to get into the Hall of Fame after cornerback Ty Law. Those three titles were it for Seymour, Law and the rest of that batc …

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