Paul Seymour (American football)

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Paul Seymour
No. 87
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1950-02-06) February 6, 1950 (age 69)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Royal Oak (MI) Shrine
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1972)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Paul Christopher Seymour (born February 6, 1950) is a former American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1969 to 1972 and was selected as a consensus first-team offensive tackle on the 1972 College Football All-America Team. He later played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) as a tight end for the Buffalo Bills from 1973 to 1978, catching 62 passes for 818 yards.

Early years[edit]

Seymour was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1950.[1] He grew up in Berkley, Michigan,[2] and attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan.[1] His older brother, Jim Seymour, also attended Shrine High School and went on to become a standout wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame. Both Seymour brothers were inducted into the Shrine High School Hall of Fame in 2009, along with their brother, John, who played running back at West Point. [3]

University of Michigan[edit]

Seymour enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1968 and played for coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1969 to 1972.[2] He played as a split end in 1969 and a tight end from 1970 to 1971.[2] In his two seasons as a tight end, Seymour caught 19 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown.[4]

At 6'5", 250 lbs., he was converted to an offensive tackle in 1972.[2] At the end of the 1972 season, Seymour was selected as a consensus first-team offensive tackle on the 1972 College Football All-America Team.[5] He received first-team honors from the Newspaper Enterprise Association, the Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association, the Sporting News and Time magazine.[6]

Professional football[edit]

Seymour was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the 1973 NFL Draft.[1] He was drafted primarily as an offensive lineman to block for O. J. Simpson, but he was converted back to the tight end position.[7] As a rookie, he started all 14 games as a tight end for the Bills and caught 10 passes for 114 yards.[1] Seymour ultimately played five seasons for the Bills from 1973 to 1977, appearing in 69 games, 68 of them as the team's starting tight end.[1] His best game as an NFL player came against the undefeated New England Patriots on October 20, 1974. In that game, Seymour caught three passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bills to an upset victory over the Patriots.[7] In five seasons with the Bills, Seymour caught 62 passes for 818 yards.[1]

In August 1978, the Bills traded Seymour to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for wide receiver Frank Lewis. However, Seymour failed to pass the Steelers' physical when they discovered that he had undergone surgery on his arches.[8] Seymour was returned to the Bills, but he never played another NFL game.

Later years[edit]

Seymour currently resides in Okemos, Michigan.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Paul Seymour". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "Shrine Knight Hall of Fame". Shrine Knight Alumni. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of College Football from 1869 to the Present". Archived from the original on May 5, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Bills' Seymour 'Redeems' Himself". The Ledger, Lakeland, Florida (AP story). October 21, 1974. p. 4B.
  8. ^ Sheeley, Glenn (August 24, 1978). "Fails Physical Exam: Steelers Return Seymour". Pittsburgh Press. p. D-1. Retrieved March 27, 2015.