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25 Nov 2001 : Richard Seymour of the New Engand Patriots gestures during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusettes . The Patriots defeated the Saints 34-17. Credit: Jamie Squire/Allsport

Former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour is on the doorstep of football immortality once again. Will this be the year he gets through?

On Thursday night, Seymour was announced as one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022. It’s the third year in a row he’s reached the finalist round of voting.

Seymour’s case has been a contentious one ever since he first appeared on the ballot. The five-time All-Pro doesn’t have the statistics that measure up to most interior defensive linemen already enshrined in Canton. However, his impact on games was unquestionable. He helped revolutionize the defensive tackle position during the Patriots’ early dynasty.

There’s been plenty of campaigning for Seymour in recent years, including from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Yet he’s fallen short in each of the last two votes.

Seymour is the lone Patriots representative among the finalists (unless you count Reggie Wayne for his half a week of training camp in 2015). Vince Wilfork had made it to the semifinalist round in his first year of eligibility, but was not chosen as a finalist.

The final round of Hall of Fame voting will take place in mid-January, with as many as five of the finalists being selected. Then, the Class of 2022 will be revealed during NFL Honors, the Thursday night before the Super Bowl. You can find the full list of finalists here.

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