New England Patriots

19 Jan 2002: Richard Seymour #93 of the New England Patriots celebrates during the AFC playoff game against the Oakland Raidersat Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachuesetts. The Patriots came from behind to win 16-13 in overtime. Digital Image Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

By Matt McCarthy,

Patriots great Richard Seymour will once again be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall announced 25 semi-finalists for the class of 2020 on Tuesday, with Seymour on the list. Seymour was a finalist last year but was not elected. His former teammate, Ty Law, was enshrined in Canton.

Seymour certainly has a strong case for the Hall of Fame. He won three Super Bowls playing for the Patriots in the early-2000’s and was one of the best defensive lineman of his era. He was named to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2000’s, recorded 57 1/2 sacks in his career, and was a seven-time Pro Bowler.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wrote a letter to Hall of Fame voters last year supporting Seymour’s candidacy. In that letter, Belichick called Seymour one of the two best defensive lineman he has coached in his 44-year NFL career, along with Vince Wilfork.

“It is extremely uncommon to see a player of his size, at any position, be capable of doing so many things so well,” wrote Belichick, who cited Seymour’s dominance in 3-4 or 4-3 fronts, his ability to play both the run and pass, and contribute on special teams. “Richard Seymour was unquestionably one of our key players and I do not believe we would have won three championships without him.”

15 finalists will be named in the coming weeks and the Class of 2020 will be announced before the Super Bowl in February.

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