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This year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 included six remarkable NFL players whose football legacies still reverberate through the sport today: Tony Boselli, Cliff Branch, LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, and Bryant Young.
To celebrate their historic achievements and their recent induction into the Hall, NFL ALL DAY is releasing “Enshrinement: Class of 2022” packs that feature exclusive Rare and Legendary Moments from these all six newly-minted Hall of Famers.
Join Otis from the NFL ALL DAY Community Team for a deep dive into the six brand-new Legendary Moments featured in the Enshrinement drop.
Richard Seymour, DL (New England Patriots 2001 - 2008; Oakland Raiders 2009 - 2012)
After the Patriots drafted Richard Seymour 6th overall in 2001, he quickly became one of the best and most versatile defensive linemen in the league, and immediately helped to anchor a defense that went on to win three of the next four Super Bowl championships.
Over the ensuing decade-plus, he was simply one of the toughest players in the league for those on the opposite sideline to gameplan for.
One thing Seymour was especially known for was his ability to use his athleticism and 6’6” frame to knock passes down at the line of scrimmage. In the Patriots matchup with the Texans late in the 2006 season, though, he did more than just bat the ball down.
Midway through the 1st quarter with the Patriots leading 7-0, Seymour leaped up to get his hands on a pass, and wound up deflecting the ball high into the air behind him. He immediately turned around and gathered the ball into his chest, securing his second career interception.
The Pats wound up winning that game 40-7, while Seymour’s illustrious career continued on for several more seasons. By the time he hung up the cleats after eight seasons in New England and four-year stint with the Raiders, he’d accrued three 1st Team All-Pro selections and seven Pro Bowl nods to go along with his three Super Bowl rings won with the Patriots.
LeRoy Butler, DB (Green Bay Packers 1990 - 2001)
LeRoy Butler is known for giving offensive coordinators nightmares.
Throughout the 12 years that Butler spent patrolling the defensive backfield in the icy tundra of Green Bay, there weren’t many players that opposing offenses feared as much as they feared him. Able to make plays all over the field, Butler was the kind of safety that kept quarterbacks up at night weeks before they even had to face him.
On one particular play against the Oakland Raiders, on a frigid 0°F Green Bay afternoon late in the 1993 season, Butler’s legend truly began to blossom.
First, he made the hit that knocked the ball loose, which bounced right into fellow Hall of Famer Reggie White’s hands, and then received the pitch from White before running the ball in for the momentum-swinging touchdown.
Following the score, he leaped into the crowd at Lambeau Field, creating what would become one of the most famous celebrations across all sports.
When Butler finished his career 8 seasons later, he’d been named 1st-Team All-Pro four times, made four Pro Bowl appearances, won one Super Bowl title, and finished with career totals of 38 interceptions, 20.5 sacks, and 13 forced fumbles, though none more iconic than the one he caused on that icy day in 1993.
On NFL All Day, you can own the Moment that birthed the iconic Green Bay tradition.
Tony Boselli, OL (Jacksonville Jaguars, 1995 - 2001)
When one thinks of Tony Boselli, the first things that come to mind have to be dominance and determination.
As the first-ever draft pick of the newly-founded Jacksonville Jaguars, who took him 2nd overall in 1995, he quickly became one of the NFL’s elite offensive linemen as he anchored an offense that found its footing in the league far quicker than most expected.
In no game was Boselli’s dominance more on display than in the Jags 1996 Wild Card Round matchup with the Buffalo Bills and their formidable run defense.
Led by Boselli’s brilliance on the left side of the line, the Jaguars were able to neutralize the stout Buffalo defense and go off for 409 total yards of offense, which included 183 rushing yards on 5.3 yards per carry. A late field goal gave Jacksonville a shocking 30-27 lead that they never relinquished, and they later went on to reach the AFC Championship game before their unexpected playoff run came to an end.
Throughout his 7-year career, Boselli would make five Pro Bowls and be named 1st-Team All-Pro in three consecutive seasons.
He also led the Jaguars to three straight playoff appearances from 1996 to 1998, carrying the young franchise to heights not many expected it to reach so early in its existence.
Sam Mills, LB (New Orleans Saints 1986 - 1994; Carolina Panthers 1995 - 1997)
It’s an overused cliche to state that undersized players make up for their smaller stature with heart, but in the case of Sam Mills it only tells half the story - the 5’9” linebacker was also simply one of the most talented defensive players in NFL history.
Considering him to be anything less than that is to do a disservice to the poor offenses who had to play against him.
Mills had a non-traditional path to the league, but by the time 1992 rolled around, he was a seven-year NFL vet and multiple time Pro Bowler. As such, when his Saints traveled to his home state of New Jersey to take on the Jets late that season, the opposing offense must have known what they were in for, but even they couldn’t have predicted that Mills would pull off one of the smoothest heists the NFL has ever seen.
During the 1st quarter, the Jets QB dropped back to pass, but Mills had immediately busted through the line of scrimmage and smacked the ball out of his hands before he could make the throw. The ball bounced up off the cold turf and right into Mills’ hands before he’d even broken stride, and he continued running for the 76-yard fumble return TD to give the Saints a 7-0 lead.
They’d go on to win that game 20-0, and Mills would finish his illustrious career several years later with a final tally of five Pro Bowl appearances to go along with 1200+ career tackles and 23 total fumble recoveries.
Bryant Young, DL (San Francisco 49ers 1994 - 2007)
Defensive tackles certainly do not have the most glamorous job on a football field, but their role as hole-fillers and play disruptors is as noble as it is crucial to a defense’s success.
The very best DTs, like Bryant Young, rise above and beyond the dirty work to become transcendent playmakers and true superstars on the field.
Throughout his 14-year career - all of which were spent with the San Francisco 49ers - Young had three sacks in a game on three separate occasions, one of which was during Week 1 of the 2005 season against the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams offensive line had no answer for Young no matter where he lined up against them; whether he was bull-rushing the interior or putting a swim move on the right tackle, Young was going to get to the quarterback and there wasn’t much the Rams could do about it.
Due in large part to his efforts, the 49ers pulled out a tough 28-25 win on the day.
By the time Young played his final NFL snap, he had finished with 89.5 career sacks, been named 1st-Team All-Pro once, made four Pro Bowls, won the 1999 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, and won one Super Bowl championship, which had come back in his rookie year.
Cliff Branch, WR (Oakland Raiders 1972 - 1985)
Cliff Branch in his prime would almost certainly beat your favorite WR in a foot race.
Arguably the NFL’s most explosive deep threat throughout the 70s and into the 80s, Branch spent his entire 14-year career with the Raiders terrorizing opposing defenses by utilizing his Olympic-level speed to blow the tops off coverages and make defenders look silly.
There is one Cliff Branch highlight that stands out above the rest: his 99-yard TD reception against Washington in 1983. Despite being 35 years-old at the time and pulling his hamstring halfway down the field, Branch took off on a go-route from the 1 yard-line, caught a deep ball over his shoulder around the 35-yard line, and then sprinted the last 65 yards to the end zone without a Washington defender ever getting close enough to even make an attempt at a tackle.While the Raiders ultimately fell in that game, they did go on to win the Super Bowl that season, giving Branch his third Super Bowl title.
By the time he retired, in addition to those three rings, Branch had been named 1st Team All-Pro three times, made four Pro Bowl appearances, and accumulated over 8000 receiving yards and 67 receiving TDs.
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