LOS ANGELES, C.A. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour has been elected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2022.
Seymour will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, which will honor his decorated career that spanned 12 seasons, eight of which were with the New England Patriots. During his eight years in Foxborough, Seymour won the Super Bowl three times. He's the 10th Patriots' player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
After the announcement, Seymour took to Twitter to express his gratitude.
The Patriots drafted Seymour with the sixth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft and he started in 10 games during the Patriots Super Bowl-winning season in his rookie season. He then went on to make the All-Pro team three times and the Pro Bowl five times as a member of the Patriots.
“I am thrilled that Richard Seymour will forever be recognized as one of the greatest players in the 102-year history of the NFL,” Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. “He laid the foundation for a defense that helped propel the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships in his first four seasons in the NFL."
During his time in New England, the Patriots defense allowed an average of 17.8 points per game and allowed fewer than 20 points per game in six of those seasons. In his career, he totaled 326 solo tackles, 57.5 sacks, two interceptions, eight fumbles recovered, seven blocked field goals, and one touchdown.
Seymour ended his career in 2012 with the then Oakland Raiders after adding two more Pro Bowl appearances to his resume. He is a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the Patriots' 50th Anniversary Team and the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.