Richard Seymour intimidated the NFL’s largest athletes while he won three Super Bowls, played in seven Pro Bowls and was the highest paid defensive player in the league at one point. Seymour retired after the 2012 season and filled his newly found free time with poker. Seymour made the trip to Atlantic City to play in the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open where his 6’6″ 300 pound frame made him easy to spot in the field.
“I’ve played poker with my dad since growing up,” Seymour said. “We played all sorts of card games, it was something we did for fun. Once I retired, I still had those competitive juices and still liked to compete. It’s a great way to still have psychological and mental warfare but on Mondays I’m not beat up and sore. It’s a very competitive game and I enjoy that aspect of it.”
During the summer of 2014 Seymour played in a few high profile poker tournaments; including the World Series of Poker Main Event and the WPT500 at the Aria. He earned his first live cash in a Venetian DSE event with a 178th place finish for $2,488 out of nearly 2,000 entrants.
Seymour is one of many athletes that found poker as an outlet to compete – Jason Koon, Jeff Gross and Jamie Kerstetter were Division I athletes that turned to poker after their playing days were behind them.
When asked who was the best poker player in the NFL Seymour laughed and said, “When I was playing it was me, but Kyle Boller was pretty good.”
“One year when we had the lockout (2011) I had all of my teammates with the Raiders come down to Atlanta,” Seymour said. “We practiced during the day but at night we had a big poker tournament. It was all for fun and when you get a bunch of NFL guys or athletes together that are competitive, it’s a great way to enjoy the time.”
The WPT Borgata Poker Open is Seymour’s second straight WPT event – he played in the Legends event at the Bicycle Casino but did not cash. Seymour’s venture into poker has afforded him the chance to meet some of the best professional players. When asked which pro he would most like to play heads up he said, “Whew, I would say Doyle Brunson. Just because I think I could learn a lot from him – he’s seen so many hands. But it wouldn’t just be for poker, he has so much life experience I would definitely go with him.”
Seymour’s career in football earned him accolades and awards – including the aforementioned three Super Bowl rings, but would he trade any of his rings for a major poker title?
Seymour thought for a moment, smiled and said, “Maybe the Big One for One Drop,” while laughing.
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