For the third consecutive year, Richard Seymour finds himself with a bid for Canton.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 2020 modern-era semifinalists on Tuesday, and the No. 6 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft is among the 25 advancing to the next round.
BREAKING: 3 first-year eligible players are among the list of 25 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the Class of 2020. #PFHOF20— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) November 26, 2019
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Seymour won three Super Bowls during his New England Patriots tenure, and is a member of the Patriots’ All-2000s team as well as the franchise’s 50th Anniversary team.
Over eight seasons with New England, Seymour started 118 of 126 games, including playoffs. The 3-4 defensive end out of Georgia would be traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a future first-round pick in September 2009, and retired following the 2012 campaign.
Seymour did so having amassed 496 tackles, 57.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, two interceptions and one touchdown in his career. At a position caught in between nose tackles and outside linebackers, he finished with seven Pro Bowls, five All-Pros and as part of the league’s All-Decade team.
Seymour is one of three defensive linemen on the list of semifinalists this year, joined by Simeon Rice and Bryant Young. Also in the running are onetime Patriots in running back Fred Taylor, wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt, and safety John Lynch.
The 25 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 finalists by Jan. 2, 2020, and presented to the selection committee on the eve of Super Bowl LIV. Five of whom will be formally enshrined in August.