Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Georgia, and was drafted by the New England Patriots sixth overall in the 2001 NFL Draft.
Seymour has played in seven Pro Bowls, has been named to three All-Pro teams, and has been a member of three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams. Some have considered Seymour to be the best defensive lineman in the NFL. He has also been described as the best #6 overall draft pick of all time.
Seymour has gone to the Pro Bowl both as a 4-3 defensive tackle and as a 3-4 defensive end. He has also occasionally played fullback on short yardage and goal line situations. However, Seymour has not seen work as a fullback since suffering a knee injury on a one-yard Corey Dillon touchdown run against the San Diego Chargers in October 2005.
By Dean Hanley
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