As long as he avoids a Darren Sharper like rap sheet, once eligible, Tom Brady will be a first ballot Hall of Famer after he retires from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (still so fucking gross to type that) in the next 2-6 years. Even if he doesn’t, he’d still have Peter King’s vote, but in all seriousness, there’s always been questions about how many of his Patriot teammates will join Brady in Canton someday.
If the Steel Curtain Steelers were playing under the era of the salary cap they would’ve had to make tough decisions between keeping Jack Ham or Jack Lambert; Lynn Swann or John Stallworth; Mean Joe Greene or L.C. Greenwood (Hall of very good player); etc and wouldn’t have had 10 HOFers on a single Super Bowl team and likely wouldn’t have won 4 Super Bowls in 6 years.
Whenever you look back at the great dynasties of the 60’s-80’s or even stand alone champs like the 1969 Kansas Chiefs, those teams were littered with bronze busts. Teams had upwards of 10 Hall of Famers on their roster. Super Bowl XIII featured 25 future Hall of Famers; 16 whom (I thiiiink that’s right usage??) were enshrined for their contributions as a player.
Ty Law (Class of 2019) and Randy Moss (Class of 2018) have already been enshrined in the Hall, but throughout the double-dynasty there was this narrative (and rightfully so to a certain extent thanks to the era of free agency & a salary cap) that the Patriots teams that won (and were always in contention for) Super Bowls weren’t full of Hall of Famers; that’s what made their run from 2001-2019 even more impressive. No team Tom Brady played on in New a England will sniff 10 Hall of Famers. There’s not even gonna be 10 true Patriots (guys like Darrelle Revis don’t count) from Brady’s entire career in New England who get into Canton.
Today is the day where the 48 elite selectors deliberate on who should be in this year’s class, so of course there’s gonna be some last minute campaigning. If were up to Tom Brady, former Patriots defensive lineman, Richard Seymour would already have his gold jacket by the time he gets his in approximately 2031.
Whenever Tom says the p word it makes me feel warm inside and that everything will be okay. I can’t help but take it personally that Brady left New England and turned his back on all the fans who had his back and metaphorically sucked his dick all these years; even if I totally understand it from a football sense.
After all, he’s the one who announced he was leaving by saying he’s “FOREVER A PATRIOT”. Someday, life will return to normal.
A couple weeks ago, I left Richard Seymour off my HOF Ballot; frankly I only did because I was being kind of lazy and didn’t wanna come off as a homer, but I agree with Brady’s claim; Richard Seymour is a Hall of Famer.
During the 2001-2004 run that saw the Patriots win three Super Bowls in four years, Richard Seymour was the anchor of the d-line and a two-time First-team All Pro DT (5x All-Pro when things were all said and done). He was a selfless player, moonlighting as a goal line fullback and one of the original “traded a year too early, instead of a year too late” guys. Plus Seymour is a member of the NFL’s All-2000’s Team. Making an All-Decade team is almost a lock for a place Canton.
Seymour had this to say in response to the GOAT’s praise:
Such a genuine “Thx”. C’mon Richard, you still had plenty space to write out the full word!
While I personally am not rooting for Tom Brady to win ring #7, I totally get why a lot of Patriot fans and former players are. I’m being petty and will openly admit that. Sorry I have feelings.
As a fan, I fucking love seeing a former player call out the most egregious play in NFL history. Richard is right. Not only would in the grasp be called if Super Bowl XLII was played a decade later, but Seymour was getting mauled by a group of Giants on that play too. The flag should’ve been thrown. Holding, #60, 10 yard penalty, repeat 3rd down.
Oh no, you’re right....it’s totally cool to block a player by grabbing them from behind like you’re a sophomore at a school dance trying to grind.
While no complaints/valid points 13 plus years later can change the outcome of the biggest stain on the Patriots double-dynasty, Richard Seymour still deserves his spot in the Hall. It’s nice to see Tom Brady take 45 seconds out of his busy day planning for his 14th appearance in a Conference Championship Game to help out a guy who helped him get to his first five.
I wrote this blog at school during my lunch break and free period from my phone so I apologize for not embedding those tweets; it’s just a million times easier to add a screenshot. As of 2:21 PM, Brady and Seymour have amassed a few more engagements and I don’t want to short my guys.
Brady first, Seymour second.