FOXBORO, Mass. — Despite eight years of service and three Super Bowl parades with the Patriots, Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour wouldn’t get too specific Wednesday while discussing his time in New England.
Just four days prior to his first game against the Patriots since the shocking 2009 trade, Seymour was asked if he had this week circled on his calendar once the schedule was released.
“I feel that way about all of them,” Seymour said. “This one is no different.”
Is there anyone in particular who Seymour wants to catch up with on the field?
“It’s a big game for us,” he replied. “We’ve got to bring out our A game in order to beat them. It’s a team that we respect, and [they] have a lot of good players. We’ll put our best foot forward.”
It’s believed that Seymour and Bill Belichick didn’t always see eye to eye, which could have spurred the trade a year before the defensive lineman’s contract expired.
Seymour was simply asked Wednesday if he hoped to catch up with Belichick on Sunday and responded, “All my teammates out there, I don’t have a problem with anyone.”
Vagaries aside, Seymour referred to the trade as “a business decision.” This also won’t be his first time seeing many of the Patriots since the trade, as he was in Massachusetts for Myra Kraft‘s funeral in July.
Seymour was asked how he has changed as a player and a person over the last two years.
“In life, you grow, you learn from different situations,” Seymour said. “I’ve experienced a lot. Over the course of my career, I’ve learned a lot from a lot of different players and tried to incorporate that into my game. Out here, it’s like I’m the veteran guy around a bunch of young guys, so they keep me young and rejuvenated as well. It’s been a good mixture for me. I feel great.”
Does Seymour reflect upon his time with the Patriots?
“Not a whole lot, that was three years ago,” Seymour said. “All of my attention is focused on getting my team out here a lot better. I think that chapter is closed and over and done with. I think you kind of reflect when your career is older. I definitely understand I’m on the back nine right now, but I’m looking to finish strong.”