Former New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame Thursday.  

Seymour was the sixth overall pick out of UGA by the Patriots in 2001 and he played for the Patriots for eight years and is on the Patriots’ 2000s all-decade team. Seymour was a key piece to the stifling Patriots defenses in the early Belichick-Brady years as his 39 regular season sacks for the Patriots are seventh all-time in team history.

Seymour was part of 2001, 2003, and 2004 Super Bowl teams and part of the 2007 16-0 Patriots squad. He made five straight Pro Bowls for the Patriots from 2002-2006 while being named first-team all-pro from 2003-2005 and second-team all-pro in 2006. 

Right before the 2009 season, Seymour was traded to the Oakland Raiders for their 2011 first-round pick. The trade worked out for the Patriots as with the 17th pick in the 2011 Draft from the Raiders they selected Nate Solder. Seymour was productive for the Raiders, racking up 18 sacks over his four seasons in Oakland while making two pro bowls. 

Seymour is a Patriots legend and will now be memorialized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the seventh player drafted by the Patriots inducted, and the 10th Patriot overall. He has a well-deserved place in Canton.

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