Richard Seymour is one step closer to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the second year in a row, Seymour was named one of 15 finalists. A maximum of five players will be elected.

The other finalists are Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Issac Bruce, LeRoy Butler, Alan Faneca, Torry Holt, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Sam Mills, Troy Polamalu, Zach Thomas, Reggie Wayne and Bryant Young.

Seymour was a stalwart in the early years of the Patriots dynasty, winning three straight First Team All-Pro awards, as his team won three Super Bowls. Bill Belichick took Seymour No. 6 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft, and the defensive lineman played to his pedigree.He wound up going to seven Pro Bowls in a 12-year career.

In his post-football career, Seymour has become an avid cards player, making a deep run at the World Series of Poker last spring.