"I would love to see Richard Seymour inducted into NFL HOF. Not only was he a dominant player but a team-first, selfless player who played championship fb each & every wk. He was a cornerstone of the Patriots dynasty & deserves to be recognized for his contributions to fb history," Brady tweeted.
Seymour and Brady were teammates with the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2008, winning three Super Bowls together. Seymour was the standard-bearer of the New England defense, earning five Pro Bowl berths and three All-Pro selections before leaving for the Raiders, where he added two more Pro Bowl appearances.
The NFL selected Seymour to its All-Decade team for the 2000s, and he was inducted to the Patriots Hall of Fame last year.
"Certain players like Seymour—who humble themselves for the greater good—exemplify why football is the ultimate team sport. He should not be punished for making the choice to be a champion and elevate those around him. He should be celebrated," former Patriots executive Scott Pioli wrote of Seymour on Monday.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has named Seymour a finalist three times, but he fell short in both 2019 and 2020. He has stiff competition in this year's class, with Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson considered shoo-ins for first-ballot status and several other finalists with strong resumes.