Patriots Star, 2022 Hall Of Famer Richard Seymour Thrives In Business World

A Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2019, Ty Law knocked on the front door of Richard Seymour’s Atlanta home on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 9 am

Law hugged his former defensive teammate on the New England Patriots and told him that he had received the ultimate football distinction.

“It’s my honor and my privilege to welcome you, my brother, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, class of 2022, boy,” Law said. “Welcome to Canton.”

Champagne, then cigars, followed their embrace.

“It was a range of emotions,” Seymour exclusively shared. “Ty Law gave me the great news. That made it extra special.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker used to inform inductees, but he retired in October of 2021, and now former teammates notify the new recipients. So Law informed him two days before the NFL Honors awards show. Seymour’s wife, Tanya, helped arrange the whole thing but stayed silent in the days leading up to the encounter.

“I’m still getting comfortable with people calling me a Hall of Famer,” Seymour said.

Seymour’s enshrinement came after a 12-year, NFL career, in which he earned seven Pro Bowl berths, three All-Pro selections and three Super Bowl rings.

His post-football career is shaping up to be successful as well.

He is the managing partner at 93 Ventures — a business named after his Patriots jersey number — which aims to create strategic partnerships and value-added investments.

His entrepreneurial venture started after he was introduced to his partner, Albert Sye, through quarterback Jason Campbell, Seymour’s former Oakland Raiders teammate.

Sye and Seymour make a good team as well.

Though Seymour majored in housing consumer economics at Georgia and has obvious business savvy, he can lean on Sye, a Morehouse graduate and venture capitalist who also serves as a strategic advisor to Shaquille O’Neal.

Meanwhile, Seymour opens doors because of his football fame, having recorded 498 tackles and 57.5 sacks during 164 games as a stout defensive end and tackle.

“Money doesn’t buy you access,” Sye said. “If you could put Richard Seymour’s name on the cap table and the press release, I think that gives us an unfair advantage and leverage.”

Together they invest in late-seed technology, growth stage fintech (or new technology that seeks to improve the delivery and use of financial services) and consumer packaged goods.

In December of 2020, 93 Ventures invested in Bill Gates’ solar power firm Heliogen, which had a $750 million valuation at that point.

But many of their investments have been in the beverage and non-fungible token industry.

Seymour and Sye are strategic advisors and investors in Dezo, which sells spiked coconut, cactus and watermelon water.

They also have invested in ZenWTR, which is an alkaline water product distributed in bottles made from 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic, and Lemon Perfect, an enhanced water product.

In the NFT industry, they invested in Dapper Labs, the $2.6 billion company behind NBA Top Shot, in March of 2021; Rad, a platform for which they are both advisors and investors, and Calaxy, the mobile app that Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie and his team have created.

Even more than the products themselves, though, Seymour looks for companies that have good leadership.

“It’s really about the relationships and doing deals with really good people,” Seymour said. “At the end of the day, that’s kind of the straw that stirs the drink.”

It’s a lesson the defensive lineman learned from one of the great coaches of all time, Bill Belichick, while winning Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX during his eight years with the Patriots.

“Coach Belichick believes in having a really good staff and putting people where they’re best at and also holding them accountable,” Seymour said. “You have to be super disciplined in everything and you have to put in the work.”

Belichick’s most famous protégé, Tom Brady, sent Seymour a congratulatory text after Seymour’s Hall of Fame honor.

“Tom’s a dear friend,” Seymour said.

Seymour also texted Brady after he announced his retirement, though Seymour added a juicy rumor, joking that he doesn’t think the quarterback has turned his official paperwork into the league office.

“Who knows?” Seymour said, laughing. “He may come back, right?”

Seymour’s NFL career, however, is definitely in the rear-view mirror. The defensive lineman played his last snap in 2012 and clearly has found his post-football calling.

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