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Richard Seymour

Class of 2022

Games

164

NFL All Decade Team

2000s

Pro Bowls

7

Seasons

12

The New England Patriots selected University of Georgia defensive All-American lineman Richard Seymour in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. At 6-6, 310 pounds, Seymour was a versatile player who spent time as both a defensive end and defensive tackle. He was feared by quarterbacks throughout the league as he recorded three or more sacks every year of his career except one.

Seymour was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2001 and was an integral member of a New England team that earned the franchise’s first world championship with an upset victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. The win was the first of three championship teams Seymour played on as he also helped the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX titles.

Seymour spent his first eight seasons with the Patriots (2001-08) before he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2009 where he remained for the final four years through his retirement after the 2012 season. His success continued in Oakland as Seymour posted remarkable stats on the field.

In all, Seymour played 164 career games. He recorded 57.5 sacks and his team’s record when he recorded a sack was an astonishing 46-8-0. He amassed a total of 496 tackles (324 solo), intercepted two passes, and forced four fumbles. Seymour also made eight fumble recoveries, one of which he scored on a franchise record 68-yard return.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Seymour was named First-Team All-Pro three straight times. In addition to being named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s, Seymour is a member of the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team and the Patriots All-2000s Team.

     

Sacks

Year

Team

G

No.

2001

New England

13

3.0

2002

New England

16

5.5

2003

New England

15

8.0

2004

New England

15

5.0

2005

New England

12

4.0

2006

New England

16

4.0

2007

New England

9

1.5

2008

New England

15

8.0

2009

Oakland

16

4.0

2010

Oakland

13

5.5

2011

Oakland

16

6.0

2012

Oakland

8

3.0

Career Total

164

57.5

 

 

Additional Career Statistics: Fumble Recovery for TD: 1; Interceptions: 2-6

Championship Games

 

2001 AFCNew England Patriots 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

Seymour started at defensive tackle. He had three tackles, two of which were for a loss.

 

2003 AFCNew England Patriots 24, Indianapolis Colts 14

Seymour started at right defensive end. He had three tackles and one pass defensed.

 

2004 AFCNew England Patriots 41, Pittsburgh Steelers 27

Seymour did not play in this game.

 

2006 AFC – Indianapolis Colts 38 New England Patriots 34

Seymour started at right defensive end. He had one tackle and two assists.

 

2007 AFC New England Patriots 21, San Diego Chargers 12

Seymour started at right defensive end. He had one tackle and two assists.

Super Bowls

 

Super Bowl XXXVINew England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17

Seymour started at defensive tackle. He had two tackles and one assist, one sack and one pass defensed.

 

Super Bowl XXXVIIINew England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29

Seymour started at right defensive end. He had two tackles, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.

 

Super Bowl XXXIXNew England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

Seymour played but did not start in this game. He had two tackles, one sack, and two passes defensed.


Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14

Seymour started at right defensive end. He had three tackles and four assists.

All-League Teams

           

All-Pro: 2003 (AP, PFWA, SN) ● 2004 (AP, PFWA, SN) ● 2005 (AP, PFWA) 

 

All-Pro Second Team: 2006 (AP) ●   2011 (AP)

 

All-AFC: 2002 (PW) ● 2003 (PW) ● 2004 (PW) ● 2005 (PW) ● 2006 (PW) 

 

Pro Bowls

(7) – 2003, 2004, 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2011*, 2012

*Did not play

 

Team Records

Patriots records held by Seymour

(Records through the 2008 season, Seymour’s final season with New England)

  • [1st] Most Fumble Return Yards, Season – 68 (2004)
  • [1st] Most Fumble Return Yards, Game – 68 (at Buffalo, Oct. 3, 2004)
  • [1st] Longest Fumble Return – 68 (at Buffalo, Oct. 3, 2004)

 

Postseason Records

  • [Tied for 4th] Most Sacks, Career – 4.5

 

Awards and Honors

  • NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s

League/Team Statistical Titles

 

Team Statistical Championships

Sack Leader: 2002, 2008

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

2001     New England Patriots....... 11-5-0   (1st)

2002     New England Patriots .......... 9-7-0   (2nd) 

2003     New England Patriots....... 14-2-0   (1st)

2004     New England Patriots....... 14-2-0   (1st)

2005     New England Patriots....... 10-6-0   (1st)

2006     New England Patriots....... 12-4-0   (1st)

2007     New England Patriots....... 16-0-0   (1st)

2008     New England Patriots......... 11-5-0   (2nd)

2009     Oakland Raiders................ 5-11-0   (3rd)  

2010     Oakland Raiders.................. 8-8-0   (3rd)  

2011     Oakland Raiders.................. 8-8-0   (3rd)

2012     Oakland Raiders................ 4-12-0   (3rd)  

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

 

Full Name: Richard Vershaun Seymour

Birthdate: October 6, 1979

Birthplace: Gadsden, South Carolina

High School: Lower Richland (SC)

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 164 games

Drafted: 1st round (6th player overall) in 2001 by New England Patriots

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