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June 15 in Pats History: The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Adam Seward

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Adam Seward


June 15 is a very special day at PatFans.com because it is the birthday of a most legendary player on this forum - yet one who was never part of the Patriot organization.


Happy 39th birthday to Adam Seward
Born June 15, 1982 in Champaign, Illinois
NFL ILB, 2005-2009; uniform #59




Adam Seward was misfit in Carolina's 4-3 defense, and visited New England as a restricted free agent in 2008. Seward felt he would fit in nicely to the Patriots 3-4, and it appeared that the asking price (a 5th round draft pick) would make him a great addition. The Pats had just drafted Jerod Mayo, but the rest of the starting linebacking corps was all on the wrong side of 30. Others saw Seward's lack of playing time (just two starts, stuck behind Dan Morgan and Jon Beason) as evidence that he was nothing more than Monty Beisel v2.0. The Pats did not sign Seward to an offer sheet and instead headed in to camp with Bo Ruud, Victor Hobson, Eric Alexander and Vince Redd as backups to Mayo and Tedy Bruschi.

The real story of course is the epic debate on this forum that Seward's visit sparked. That topic was reactivated a year later when he became an unrestricted free agent (Seward ended up signing with the Colts). Just as every season some player will be Ventroned, in every off season some free agent will become the next Adam Seward.




PatsFans.com Adam Seward Threads:
March 5, 2008: (41 pages)

Dec 8, 2008:

March 6, 2010:

March 9, 2015:

Nov 24, 2009:




Seward himself openly wanted to play for the Patriots, much to the chagrin of this columnist from North Carolina:

Aug 12, 2008 - Seward disappointed Patriots never offered | Rock Hill Herald



Aug 24, 2007: Heath Evans powers past Adam Seward for the end zone against Carolina during the Patriots 24-7 victory over the Panthers at Bank in Charlotte.


Adam Seward has a Bachelor's in Marketing, Master's in Education, an MBA from Southern Cal, and PhD as well. He has done very well in his post-football career:

Sept 1, 2014:

Nov 9, 2017:

March 30, 2017:

March 19, 2021:

Adam Hartford Seward - President - Goober Foundation Properties | LinkedIn



Could Adam Seward be Kramer's cousin?​
 

Ryan

Practice Squad Player
I have been off and on this forum, mostly just reading it and not posting, for like 10 years and never really understood the Adam Seward jokes I'd see. I just took a look through that thread.....oh boy. I get the jokes now. All that for a guy barely anyone remembers. Good stuff.
 

jmt57

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Today in PatsFans History
Jonathan Freeny


Happy 32nd birthday to Jonathan Freeny
Born June 15, 1989 in Margate, Florida
Patriot LB, 2015 - 2017; uniform #55
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2015
Signed again as a free agent on Dec 6, 2017


Jonathan Freeny spent four seasons with Miami (the first year on the practice squad) before being signed by New England as a free agent. The Rutgers alum (imagine that!) appeared in the first 13 games of 2015 before missing the last three with a hand injury, then played in both playoff games. In late August of 2016 Freeny was given a healthy two-year contract extension that raised some eyebrows, questioning if he was overpaid. He played in five games with four starts before going on IR with a shoulder injury.

In 2015 Freeny was on the field for 389 defensive snaps (36%, 14th) and 249 special teams snaps (51%, 6th). In his limited 2016 playing time Freeny had 97 defensive snaps and 49 special teams snaps - though he did earn a ring from Super Bowl LI versus the Falcons. His salary of $1,000,000 may well have played a role in his being cut at the end of 2017 training camp. Freeny bounced around the league in '17, spending time with Baltimore and Jacksonville. Freeny returned to New England for one December game, filling an open roster spot available when Rob Gronkowski was suspended for one game for a late hit against Buffalo.

After being claimed off waivers he played in one final NFL game for the Saints. Matt Patricia signed Freeny in the 2018 offseason, but he did not make the final roster for Detroit. Jonathan Freeny played in 68 regular season games over seven seasons in the NFL, which included 19 games with Pats; all eleven of his starts were with New England. He also played in four playoff games, two each with the Patriots and the Saints.




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jmt57

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Nate Jones


Happy 39th birthday to Nate Jones
Born June 15, 1982 in Newark
Patriot safety, 2011; uniform #23
Signed as a free agent on November 30, 2011




Yet another Rutgers alum, Jones was 29 and in his eighth NFL season when the Pats signed him at the end of November 2011. He played in the final five games of the season with one start, and also in the 23-20 playoff victory over the Ravens.

Dec 9, 2011:

Four days after Jones signed with the Patriots, he started at safety in last Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the Colts. Jones finished with nine tackles, playing a significant amount of snaps.

The Patriots went with a few new faces against the Colts, with receiver Matthew Slater making his first NFL start at safety, and Nick McDonald earning his first start NFL start at center. But Jones was unique in that he had days to learn his responsibilities in a new system.

“I thought Nate did a good job,’’ said coach Bill Belichick. “I mean, he wasn’t even familiar with what we were doing, so he had a steeper learning curve, but he’s a more experienced player, so there’s a trade-off there. [He] played the defenses pretty well, was good in communication, got his hands on a couple balls, made a few plays. It was far from perfect, but I thought he did a good job.’’

There was plenty for the Patriots to like about Jones, who was drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round in 2004 out of Rutgers. His introduction to the NFL came under the guidance of Bill Parcells.



Nov 30, 2011:

The Patriots brought in veteran cornerback Nate Jones Wednesday, one day after releasing Phillip Adams. So what can Jones provide that Adams couldn't? Versatility jumps out while examining his career contributions.



Nov 30, 2011:

Jones, 29, has played with Dallas (2004-07), Miami (2008-09, 11) and Denver (2010). He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by Dallas (205th overall) out of Rutgers in 2004. Jones, 5-10, 185 pounds, has played in 101 games with 10 starts and has 163 total tackles, 6.0 sacks, three interceptions and 59 special teams tackles. Jones has also played in three postseason games, two with Dallas and one with Miami.



The Patriots did not re-sign Jones following the 2011 season. Since then he worked as a college referee, and began officiating NFL games in 2019.

April 17, 2019:

Jones, from the Pac-12 Conference, and Killens, from the American Athletic Conference, are former NFL players, become the third and fourth active NFL officials to have NFL playing experience along with Steve Freeman and Phil McKinnely. Jones played as a defensive back for the Cowboys, Dolphins, Broncos, and Patriots from 2004 to 2011 (video) and was active, but did not play in, Super Bowl XLVI.





Pro football players with New England area connections:

- Mike Flynn, 47 (June 15, 1974)
Agawam native went to Springfield Cathedral High School and the University of Maine.
The center played in 142 games for the Baltimore Ravens from 1998 to 2007.

- Jack Rizzo, 72 (June 15, 1949)
Born in Boston, Jack grew up in Weston, went to Weston High School and also Kimball Union Academy in Meriden NH.
The running back played for the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders in 1972, the New York Giants in '73, and for Houston and Shreveport in the WFL in '74.

- Leo Stasica (6/15/16-9/23/82)
Boston Yanks
The all-purpose back was a third round pick in the 1941 draft. For the 1944 Boston Yanks he completed 21 passes and also had two punts, three kick returns, three punt returns, and an interception.

- Brett Hundley, 28 (June 15, 1993)
Draft trade
The Arizona QB was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft by Green Bay, out of UCLA. That draft pick, #147 overall, was originally traded by Cleveland to the Patriots (along with a 4th, used on Tre' Jackson, and a 6th, used for A.J. Derby) in exchange for a 3rd and 7th from New England. The Pats then traded down again, sending that fifth round pick (Hundley) to Green Bay for a lower fifth (#166, Joe Cardona) and seventh (Darryl Roberts).



Other NFL players born today include draft busts Jake Locker (8th overall) and Curtis Enis (5th overall).
 

captain stone

Hall of Fame Poster
"The Pats did not sign Seward to an offer sheet and instead headed in to camp with Bo Ruud, Victor Hobson, Eric Alexander and Vince Redd as backups to Mayo and Tedy Bruschi..."

Seward would've been >>>>>> Bo (he ain't his brother) Ruud & especially Effin Alexander (aka the less-than-useless stiff who "helped" us lose the 2006 AFCC).
 

captain stone

Hall of Fame Poster
"The Patriots brought in veteran cornerback Nate Jones Wednesday, one day after releasing Phillip Adams. So what can Jones provide that Adams couldn't? Versatility jumps out while examining his career contributions..."

Phil Adams was >>> Nate Jones. Didn't make any sense at the time either.
 

PP2

Pro Bowl Player
Today in PatsFans History
Adam Seward


June 15 is a very special day at PatFans.com because it is the birthday of a most legendary player on this forum - yet one who was never part of the Patriot organization.


Happy 39th birthday to Adam Seward
Born June 15, 1982 in Champaign, Illinois
NFL ILB, 2005-2009; uniform #59




Adam Seward was misfit in Carolina's 4-3 defense, and visited New England as a restricted free agent in 2008. Seward felt he would fit in nicely to the Patriots 3-4, and it appeared that the asking price (a 5th round draft pick) would make him a great addition. The Pats had just drafted Jerod Mayo, but the rest of the starting linebacking corps was all on the wrong side of 30. Others saw Seward's lack of playing time (just two starts, stuck behind Dan Morgan and Jon Beason) as evidence that he was nothing more than Monty Beisel v2.0. The Pats did not sign Seward to an offer sheet and instead headed in to camp with Bo Ruud, Victor Hobson, Eric Alexander and Vince Redd as backups to Mayo and Tedy Bruschi.

The real story of course is the epic debate on this forum that Seward's visit sparked. That topic was reactivated a year later when he became an unrestricted free agent (Seward ended up signing with the Colts). Just as every season some player will be Ventroned, in every off season some free agent will become the next Adam Seward.




PatsFans.com Adam Seward Threads:
March 5, 2008: (41 pages)

Dec 8, 2008:

March 6, 2010:

March 9, 2015:

Nov 24, 2009:




Seward himself openly wanted to play for the Patriots, much to the chagrin of this columnist from North Carolina:

Aug 12, 2008 - Seward disappointed Patriots never offered | Rock Hill Herald



Aug 24, 2007: Heath Evans powers past Adam Seward for the end zone against Carolina during the Patriots 24-7 victory over the Panthers at Bank in Charlotte.


Adam Seward has a Bachelor's in Marketing, Master's in Education, an MBA from Southern Cal, and PhD as well. He has done very well in his post-football career:

Sept 1, 2014:

Nov 9, 2017:

March 30, 2017:

March 19, 2021:

Adam Hartford Seward - President - Goober Foundation Properties | LinkedIn



Could Adam Seward be Kramer's cousin?​


If only he knew how much of a legend he is on this board.
 

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