Richard Seymour named to Patriots team Hall of Fame

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By WEEI 93.7

Richard Seymour is not yet a Pro Football Hall of Famer, but he can say he's a Patriots team Hall of Famer.

Seymour is the 30th inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame, as he beat out Mike Vrabel and Bill Parcells in a nearly month-long fan vote.

The defensive end spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Patriots and played a vital role in three Super Bowl championships. He was named to five straight Pro Bowls with the Patriots (2002-06) and earned three straight first-team All-Pro honors (2003-05). His five Pro Bowl berths are the most by any Patriots defensive lineman since the 1970 NFL merger. 

Seymour started in 105-of-111 total games, finishing with 460 tackles and 39 sacks. He also recorded two interceptions and six fumble recoveries, but took his play to a new level in the playoffs. In 15 postseason games, he totaled 66 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

He didn't finish his career in New England, as he was traded to Oakland in the summer of 2009,where he played the final four years of his career, which included to more Pro Bowl seasons.

"Richard Seymour laid the foundation for a defense that helped propel the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships in his first four seasons in the NFL," Robert Kraft said in a statement. "Richard was the consummate professional and leader, always accepting the roles he was assigned, putting team goals ahead of personal ones, and in turn, raising the game of everyone around him. Yet as great as he was as a player, he is a Hall of Fame-caliber person, as well. I couldn't be happier for Richard and the Seymour family, and I am looking forward to celebrating with them as Richard takes his rightful place in the Patriots Hall of Fame and very soon the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton."

The date and time for the 2020 Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.