Former University of Georgia All American Richard Seymour has made a significant statement giving back to his alma mater.
The three-time Super Bowl champion has established the Richard Seymour Family Endowed Scholarship and also made a gift to the Sanford Stadium west end zone project currently underway.
“I’m really grateful for the blessings I have received from the University of Georgia,” said Seymour. “This is just a small token back that I can bless another young man’s life and give him the opportunities that I had helping him be successful in life. I’m humbled and grateful that I am able to do this. It’s difficult to put into words the feeling to give someone else the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. You think about the people that came before you and also the lives that can be touched after you. That’s what this is all about.”
A native of Gadsden, South Carolina, Seymour played a total of 41 games for the Bulldogs, starting 25 of those.
In 1999, Seymour led the Bulldogs with 74 tackles, becoming one of only two defensive linemen in Georgia history to lead the team in tackles for a season. Following his junior season, Seymour was elected as a permanent team captain by his teammates. Seymour was a two-time All-SEC first-team selection and was named a first-team All-American in 2000. He ended his career in Athens with a total of 233 tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss, and 10 sacks.
“The University of Georgia was the first major college to offer me a scholarship,” recalled Seymour. “Football gave me an opportunity to live out my dreams. It’s always had a very special place in my heart. ”
The New England Patriots took Seymour with the number six overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft. With the Patriots, Seymour won three Super Bowl rings and was named to seven Pro-Bowl teams. In 2015, he was inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame and was also named one of the “Legends of SEC Football.”