Sunday, May 10, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #19 (Richard Seymour)

Friday, May 29th marks 99 days until Georgia and Oklahoma State kick off their 2009 seasons in Stillwater. Leading up that date, we are counting down the Top 25 UGA football players of the past 25 seasons.

19. Richard Seymour (1997-2000)
  • All-SEC: 1999 (AP 1st team, Coaches 2nd team); 2000 (AP and Coaches 1st team)
  • All-American: 2000 (Playboy, Walter Camp, AFCA)
  • 2000 semifinalist for National Defensive Player of the Year (Football News)
  • Leading UGA tackler in 1999 (74)

One of the few defensive linemen that could dominate a game without even registering in the stat book, Seymour demanded a double team from virtually everybody he faced. The fact that he led the team in tackles in 1999 from the defensive tackle position is somewhat amazing. His career numbers were 223 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 25.5 tackles for loss, all while being double teamed often and avoided altogether by opposing offensive coordinator.

Seymour was the 6th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has been selected to 5 Pro Bowls and 3 NFL All-Pro teams, while playing both defensive tackle and defensive end during his post-UGA career. During that time, many would argue that he is the key cog on a Patriots defense that has contributed to 3 Super Bowl championships. It could also be argued that he has enjoyed the most successful and decorated NFL career of any UGA player in history.


Hobnail_Boot said...

The best NFL career by a Dawg conversation has to start with HOF'ers Tarkenton and Trippi.

It's also a travesty that #34 isn't in the HOF (except for a small blurb in the "non-NFL" room in Canton).

After that, Seymour and Davis also deserve serious consideration.

JJ said...

Correct on that. I probably should have clarified "best NFL career in the last 25 years" as that is the context of these rankings. I was going too fast on this one this morning, as the kids were really bugging me to make breakfast for Mommy.

Bop said...

I'm a little shocked you don't have him higher up the list. I expected him around the top 10.

Good point you raise about how amazing it is that he led the team in tackles in 99 from the DT position.

Bop said...

He's gonna end up a HOF'er.

JJ said...

Bop, as I was writing it I was questioning whether or not I should have had him higher. I can tell you that when you list all the possibilities out before you rank them, you realize that there isn't much of a gap between about #5 on the list, and #20.