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January 21, 2008

Richard Seymour was a 22-year-old rookie from the University of Georgia when he played in his first NFL season and promptly won a Super Bowl, aiding in the upset of heavily favored St. Louis by sacking Rams quarterback Kurt Warner for a 7-yard loss. Here's his view of the three championship seasons, and the current undefeated Patriots team as it heads to Arizona for Super Bowl XLI:

Super Bowl XXXVI Feb. 3, 2002 at New Orleans Patriots 20, Rams 17

"In 2001 we were such a Cinderella story. We were playing the 'famous' Rams, and we had supposedly only gotten there by the tuck rule from our win over Oakland. No one gave us a shot. No one. That's a dangerous way to treat a team like ours, which had so many proud guys. We were determined to prove everyone wrong - and we did."

Super Bowl XXXVIII Feb. 1, 2004 at Houston Patriots 32, Panthers 29 "When we got back to the Super Bowl, we were playing a Panthers team that claimed they played the way we played. They kept talking about how tough they were, tough like we were. Well, let me tell you what we were saying in our locker room - no one is as tough as we are. You'll have to carry me off the field before I'll allow someone to say they are tougher than our guys."

Super Bowl XXXIX Feb. 6, 2005 at Jacksonville Patriots 24, Eagles 21 "Honestly, this was just a situation where we had a more talented team than the Eagles did. We were so confident going into this Super Bowl, and then their receiver [Freddie Mitchell] started popping off and playing right into our hands. The bottom line in this one, though, was we were just better."

2007 Patriots

18-0 (16-0 regular season) "This team is probably the most talented team of them all. It's also probably the one with the most depth, too. But, even though I know we won 16 games [in the regular season], we've probably played better football in other years leading up to this point. I'll be the first to say we're fortunate to [have gone] 16-0. It's different than other years. Our defense hasn't made as many of those big plays - the sacks, the interceptions, the forced fumbles. I guess we ought to make more. But I still believe when it's time to get it done, we'll rise to the occasion. We still have the qualities of a tough team."

JACKIE MacMULLAN

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