New England Patriots

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 24: Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes #69 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tries to stop defensive end Richard Seymour #93 of the New England Patriots at Alltel Stadium on December 24, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Jaguars 24-21. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

On Tuesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee will vote on the Class of 2021. For the third straight year, they’ll have a chance to add former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the greatest collection of football talent ever assembled.

During his 12 year NFL career, Seymour was one of the most impactful defensive players in the league. Due to his position however, he didn’t always have the stats to back up what he showed on film. That’s the main reason he hasn’t advanced past the ‘finalist’ stage of the Hall of Fame voting.

This year though, he’ll have an added non-statistical boost. On the morning of the voting, Seymour’s former teammate and future Cantonian himself Tom Brady vouched for Seymour’s candidacy via Twitter.

“I would love to see Richard Seymour inducted into NFL HOF,” Brady wrote. “Not only was he a dominant player but a team-first, selfless player who played championship fb each & every wk. He was a cornerstone of the Patriots dynasty & deserves to be recognized for his contributions to fb history.”

Seymour replied with a Tweet of his own, writing “thx TB12 the goat. go win lucky number 7 you always make us proud! playing against you for 12 years made me better… if i wasn’t held by 2/3 guys on the helmet catch this would be #8 @elimanning.”

This isn’t the first time Seymour has gotten a bump from his former team. Two years ago, Bill Belichick wrote a letter to the committee on his behalf, while Brady wrote a letter for Ty Law, who ended up getting in.

While the vote is taking place on Tuesday, the Hall is going to great lengths to keep the results a secret. The Class of 2021 will officially be announced the Saturday night before the Super Bowl, at the NFL Honors ceremony.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

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