Congratulations to former New England Patriots defensive tackle Richard Seymour! The 40-year-old will become the 30th member of the team’s Hall of Fame, as was announced by the club earlier today. Seymour beat out fellow finalists Mike Vrabel and Bill Parcells in a fan vote and will see the honor of induction bestowed upon him later this summer.
The Patriots’ first-round selection in 2001, Seymour spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year career in New England and appeared in 126 games for the franchise before getting traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2009. The defensive tackle played a key role in New England’s first three Super Bowl-winning runs, was voted to five Pro Bowls while with the team and named to the NFL’s Team of the 2000s.
Seymour also is a member of both the Patriots’ team of the 2000s and the franchise’s 50th anniversary team, and was an unsuccessful finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame each of the last two years. While he has to keep on waiting for his gold jacket, he has now cleared the final hurdle of the Patriots’ Hall of Fame process after being a finalist each of the last four years.