Getting to the Hall of Fame is such a distinct honor. That means that you were one of the best to every play your respective game. Some aren’t fortunate enough to make it. But, there is an alternative. There’s making a certain team’s Hall of Fame. That’s exactly what happened just a few moments ago. Former Patriots defensive tackle Richard Seymour is getting his call to the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Richard Seymour will be the 30th member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. He beat out Mike Vrabel and Bill Parcels. Well deserved.
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) May 11, 2020
Seymour has beaten out guys like Mike Vrabel and Bill Parcels to be inducted. We all can agree that Richard Seymour was a beast with the Patriots. Don’t believe me? Let’s go back and review a few things.
Go take a look at the stats for yourself. When you see them at first glance, they pop off the page. This guy was a SEVEN time Pro-bowl selection at defensive tackle. That doesn’t impress you? Okay then, fine. I’ll add two First-Team All-Pro selections in there as well. The man had two seasons where he recorded eight sacks. He also recovered eight fumble recoveries throughout his career. Not to mention, he also returned a 68 yard touchdown in 2004 for the only score in his 12 year career. For the eight years he was in New England, Richard Seymour was a menace and a key piece of that overall defense. The Patriots don’t win their first three titles without the play of Seymour.
The Competitors He Beat Out
The two other men Seymour beat out were old teammate Mike Vrabel and Bill Parcels.
Parcels had a roller coaster career for four seasons as Patriots head coach. He was 5-11 in 1993. Then in 1994, Parcels improved to a 10-6 record. The team took a slide in 1995, going 6-10. In his final season in 1996, Parcels led the Patriots to an 11-5 record along with an AFC championship before losing to the Packers in the Super Bowl.
Vrabel didn’t quite have the stats that Seymour had in New England. But, he was a key part of the defense along with Seymour. Vrabel did receive a Pro-Bowl and First-Team All-Pro selection in 2007. Other than that, he never had another monster season like that. But keep in mind, Vrabel also played some offense as well. Safe to say, Vrabel was another big part of the first three Super Bowls.
I’m extremely happy for Richard Seymour. He deserves to be in as a Patriots Hall of Fame candidate. The man did everything that was asked of him in his eight seasons with the Patriots. Now, he gets his reward. So congratulations to you, Mr. Seymour! Let’s celebrate with some highlights, shall we?
-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)