Former Lower Richland standout named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

Former Lower Richland standout named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist
In this file photo, Richard Seymour speaks to a crowd in Greenville after being inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame on April, 18, 2018. (Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richard Seymour, a former defensive star for the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders, has been named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Seymour is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the National Football League’s 2000s All-Decade Team, and a 2018 inductee of the SC Football Hall of Fame.

After leaving the University of Georgia, Seymour was drafted by the Patriots in 2001. He played for New England for eight seasons before being traded to Oakland in 2009. During his career, Seymour collected 324 tackles with 57.5 sacks. Ultimately, Seymour retired in 2013.

Since then, Seymour has been named a Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist twice. This year, he hopes to make it into the Class of 2019.

Fans can vote for Seymour in the Hall of Fame Fan Vote.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be announced on February 2, the eve of the Super Bowl, at the “NFL Honors.”

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