Heading into the 2009 season, Richard Seymour, widely regarded as the most important defensive player the New England Patriots have had since 2001, faces the last year of his contract. Just 29 years of age, the three-time Super Bowl champion’s future could be up in the air.
The Patriots are an organization notorious for letting pro-bowl veterans walk in order to replace them with cheaper, younger talent, making Seymour’s prospect with the team all the more unpredictable.
Here are the questions I would ask if given the opportunity to sit down with Richard Seymour.
You came into the NFL and immediately won a Super Bowl; you’ve been around since 2001 but most people don’t realize you're just 29 years old. How are you feeling physically and how many more years do you think you have in you?
Being around the league for nearly a decade, what do you think separates the New England Patriots from other organizations in that they win consistently in an era designed to prevent top-heavy dominance?
Being a Patriot, you’ve witnessed first hand the way they truly run their organization as a business. They cut ties with veteran players seemingly without blinking.
When you heard rumors about Julius Peppers and Jason Taylor coming aboard, did you worry at all about their signing affecting an upcoming contract or strictly view it as an upgrade to the defense?
How hard was it last season to overcome such adversity as a team only to fall short of the post-season? Especially beating the Arizona Cardinals so badly at home only to watch them get to the Super Bowl.
How often do you think about your contract situation?
I know you must be sick of being asked this question, but how often do you think about the David Tyree play and where does that game rank in your career? Does that game motivate you more than any other loss you’ve experienced?
Are there any teams you enjoy or don’t enjoy going up against more than others?
In a society we live in so infatuated with statistics, how frustrating is it for you when your numbers go down due to double and triple teams? Obviously not talking about opposing coaches, but do you ever feel overlooked?
Which Super Bowl was the best experience or most memorable?