For 8 years and 3 Super Bowl championships, Richard Seymour was a recognized force along the Patriots’ defensive line. As a Patriot, he sacked the QB 39 times in a scheme that isn’t set up for defensive linemen to get sacks. He was equally as impressive against the run, helping to hold and set the edge. NFL.com has been running a “2K” series, debating between the two best players at each position for the millennium, and Seymour is in the debate over the who the best defensive tackle of the millennium is. While he played defensive end in the 3-4, he is considered a DT in a 4-3, and thus is part of that position’s debate. The player he is up against, Pittsburgh’s Casey Hampton, plays nose in their 3-4. I must say that I’m against this even being a debate because they really play two different positions due to the technique involved, but alas they are both technically defensive tackles. Former Patriot and teammate Willie McGinest argued for Seymour:
With Richard’s size, you couldn’t beat him one-on-one. His speed and agility made him so hard to block. And he also was so good at holding the point, which made my job easier. If the defensive tackle is getting pushed five yards back, then I can’t make any plays from the linebacker spot.
You can read McGinest’s full argument, as well as Elliot Harrison’s argument for Hampton, and vote for your winner by clicking HERE.