NFL News of August 3, 2003

Richard Seymour NFL Oakland Raiders

Richard Seymour earned a Super Bowl ring his first season and a Pro Bowl berth his second.

What’s next?

For Seymour, the goal has always been the same, and he’s been saying it since the day he was drafted by the Patriots with the No. 6 pick overall in 2001. Seymour wants to be considered the best defensive lineman in theNFL. Nothing more. Nothing less.

…How good can Seymour be?

“That’s a good question. He doesn’t have a lot of limitations,” said Belichick. “He’s big, he’s smart. He’s tough. He runs well. How high that can go will depend on if he can keep improving and keep heading up the ladder. I think he has a lot of things to work with and he wants to get to that point.”

One of the things Belichick has done to help Seymour is feed him with video featuring star defensive linemen from across the NFL. Seymour said he has been studying the pass-rushing moves of Reggie White and Warren Sapp.

— Michael Felger, The Boston Herald “Seymour eyes game’s best”

Richard Seymour played with the Patriots through the 2008 season before being traded to the Raiders before the 2009 season. He was released by the Raiders following the 2012 season and is currently a free agent.

He has been selected for the Pro Bowl seven times, All Pro five times, won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and was selected for the NFL 2000s All-Decade team. By comparison, 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Warren Sapp finished his thirteen-year career with seven Pro Bowl selections, six All Pro selections, one Super Bowl win and selections to the 1990s and 2000s NFL All-Decade teams. Sapp played for the Bucs for nine seasons before spending his final four years with the Oakland Raiders.

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