New England Patriots

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 25: Richard Seymour #93 of the New England Patriots celebrates a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 25, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pats defeated the Steelers 23-20. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

After four years on the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot – three years as a finalist – Richard Seymour’s wait is over. The former Patriots defensive lineman was announced as a member of the Class of 2022 during Thursday night’s NFL Honors.

Seymour’s case had been a contentious one since he first appeared on the ballot. Given the nature of his position, he didn’t’ accumulate the statistics that usually follow a Hall of Fame career. However, his dominance is undeniable. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, and a member of the NFL’s All-2000’s team.

Drafted by the Patriots sixth overall in 2001, Seymour played eight seasons in New England. He anchored three Super Bowl-winning defenses, and ranks 11th in franchise history with 39 career sacks. Traded to the then-Oakland Raiders in 2009, he played another four seasons in black and silver, including an All-Pro and Pro Bowl-caliber year in 2011.

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