When you talk about cornerstones of a dynasty you need to tread very carefully. But you can put your foot down on that block when talking about Richard Seymour. No one knew on April 21st 2001 that was what the Patriots were getting. Or that a dynasty’s foundation was being built. But it’s safe to say now that dynasty wouldn’t exist without Richard Syemour. 

A man who never filled up the stats sheets Seymour set his mark by demanding double and triple teams in the patriots 3-4 defense. A reason he moved around the line so much. Inside – outside – spread out wide, King Richard was always the center of a defensive coordinators game plan. Find 93 and keep him out of our quarterback’s chest. 

In his 164 regular season games Seymour racked up 498 tackles, 326 of them solo and 57.5 sacks. But his numbers like I said were never indicative of this man’s talents or the fear he struck into the opposition. The respect he earned around the league came early and remained throughout his career. As did the accolades he received. Both teammates and opponents over the years uttered his name with the same respect. 

Football is Just Different

While MLB – NHL and NBA  use stats to push or pull players from their Halls of Fame the NFL is a different animal. Voters look past stats and they see the way a player changed the game. How they dominated their era in the sport. Seven times a Pro-Bowler – Three times first team All-Pro – Twice a second team All-Pro . NFL All 2000’s and most importantly three Times a Super Bowl Champion. Now that’s Dominant. That’s a game changer. Now in just his fourth year on the ballot a Pro Football Hall of Famer. And it was overdue. 

 

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