Foxborough, MA– Currently, the New England Patriots have 26 players in their team Hall of Fame, ranging from offensive linemen like John Hannah and Bruce Armstrong to linebackers like Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest. Last year, offensive lineman Matt Light was named to the Patriots Hall of Fame, based on a fan vote, after being chosen from the trio of finalists that included defensive lineman Richard Seymour and linebacker Mike Vrabel.
Seymour and Vrabel are again finalists for the Patriots Hall, this time in competition for the honor with longtime Patriots safety Rodney Harrison.
Seymour was a member of the Patriots from when he was drafted in 2001 until he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2009. With New England, Seymour won three Super Bowl championships in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times in his career, including five instances with the Patriots from 2002 to 2006. Additionally, from 2003 to 2005, Seymour was named First Team NFL All-Pro as a member of the Patriots and he was named to Second Team NFL All-Pro in 2006. He would receive this honor again with Oakland in 2011. He was also a defensive line member of the Patriots' 50th Anniversary Team and All-2000s Team. During his career, Seymour recorded 496 tackles and 57.5 sacks. He's truly one of the all-time best at his position.
Vrabel played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs, but spent most of his career in New England from 2001 to 2008. He also won three Super Bowls during this time and was a member of the Patriots' 50th Anniversary Team. In 2007, Vrabel was named to the Pro Bowl and to the All-Pro team. Now the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Vrabel was a key figure in the Patriots' championships in terms of touchdown receptions.
The new contender, Harrison, played for the San Diego Chargers before coming to New England from 2003 to 2008. During that time, he received two All-Pro selections and won two Super Bowls. He was also named a member of the 50th Anniversary Team.
Personally, I think Seymour deserves the honor this year, but Vrabel and Harrison should definitely make it in eventually! A fan vote will determine the honoree who will join Seniors Committee selection Leon Gray in the Patriots Hall of Fame.
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