May 11, 2022

Richard Seymour, poker player turned NFL star, has finally been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Richard Seymouran avid poker player who was a catalyst on the defensive side of the ball for three New England Patriots championship teams, was elected in the Professional Football Hall of Fame and will be dedicated to Canton, Ohio this summer.

the old Georgia Bulldogs College All-American spent 12 seasons in the NFL, eight with the Patriots and four with the Oakland Raiders. When he retired in 2012, he took up poker as a hobby, and he proved he was no slouch on the felt.

“Big Sey” has $645,000 in live tournament cash, according to the Hendon Mob database. In 2018, he finished third in a $25,000 high roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) for $376,360. Last year, he took two World Series of Poker (WSOP) events, including a 131st place finish in the Main Event for $59,295.

Better late than never

Seymour retired from the NFL in 2012 and became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2018. Much like the Poker Hall of Fame, it all depends on the voters, over whom he has no control. The votes didn’t go his way the first few years of eligibility, but they did this year. He sent a tweet humbly accepting the honor.

Seymour was a fierce defensive tackle who finished his career with 57.5 sacks and 91 tackles for loss. He was a tough running executioner who caused problems for opposing offensive lines. Strategist Tom Brady gets most of the credit for the Patriots’ dynasty, but defensive players like “Big Sey” have also played a vital role on many Super Bowl championship teams in New England, and they haven’t always gotten the credit. credit they deserved.

Seven-time Pro Bowler Seymour joins cornerback Ty Law as the only two members of those early 2000s Patriots defenses to achieve the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Law, a former star at the University of Michigan, was inducted in 2019.

The soccer star turned poker player will be joined in the HOF Class of 2022 with an attacking tackle Tony Bosellisecurity LeRoy Butlerlinebacker Sam Millsdefensive tackle Bryant Youngwide receiver cliff branchformer NFL refereeing director Art McNallyand Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be officially dedicated at a ceremony in Canton, Ohio in early August, two weeks after the WSOP 2022 concludes.

Richard Seymour Best Poker Earnings

Year Tournament Place Cash
2018 $25,000 PCA High Roller 3rd $376,360
2019 WSOP Main Event 131st 59 $2985
2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic 18th $52,174
2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown 15th $36,195
2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star 44th $21,580
2015 WPT Bounty Scramble Best Bet 29 $11,817
2017 WSOP Event #52: $1,500 NLH 24th $11,144