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Seymour speaks at ring ceremony

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]()Richard Seymour addressed the media after receiving his Super Bowl XXXIX championship ring at a Sunday night.

Seymour: I wanted to be with my teammates and they wanted me here. I'm not discussing my current situation. I want to remain a professional as I've always been. I'm here to celebrate as a champion and hopefully we can celebrate again.

Question: Is this a ring you're likely to wear or do these things go up on shelves?
Seymour: I think it's a combination. I had this ring kind of sized for my pinky. I had the middle finger and the ring finger and I have this one for the pinky. Hopefully I'll be able to add some more fingers.

Question: What do you want people to know about where you are [in terms of you missing the mini-camp]?
Seymour: I love the organization. It's just … that's just what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. I love the fans here in New England. That's what it is.

Question: You've never spoken about your contract. There has always been speculation, but you've never spoken publicly …
Seymour: I won't speak about my contract.

Question: But you skipping mini-camp was surprising. Do you have any comment on that?
Seymour: No comment.

Question: Inaudible
Seymour: I love everybody. I love my teammates. I love the organization. Ultimately, like I said, hopefully we can get another ring. That's my ultimate goal. I want to be the best at what I do and I know the organization wants to be the best at what they do. That's where we are at this point.

Question: How important was it to be here tonight?
Seymour: Very important. I know how to separate things. I wanted to be here with my teammates. That's what it is. I love my teammates and my teammates love me. That's what it is.

Question: Was it tough sitting out mini-camp knowing the guys … inaudible?
Seymour: I want to be everywhere. That's just what it is. I want to be everywhere. It's a night of champions. It's a night to celebrate. We're here to celebrate. It's an awesome time. The Krafts put on an awesome event here at their house. I thanked Mr. Kraft for the hospitality. It's just awesome. Hopefully we can make it an annual event.

Question: Do you feel blessed to be part of this organization?
Seymour: Of course. I feel blessed to be in the National Football League. That's been a childhood dream of mine. Like I said, it's a night of champions. That's what I always want it to be and that's what I am: a champion.

Question: Was it tough to decide not to go to camp?
Seymour: I'm not answering those questions. It wasn't tough for me to decide to be here [tonight].

Question: Why don't you want to answer those questions?
Seymour: Because I'm not. I'm a man of my word. I'm not going to answer those questions.

Question: Offseason stuff continues into next week …
Seymour: I'm going to continue to stay in shape. I pride myself … I don't know if pride is the right word to use, but I love being in tip-top shape and being able top play at a high level, at an elite level, and I'm going to continue to do that.

Question: Any concerns about backlash from the fans?
Seymour: You know. I don't know. I don't have any concerns at this point. I'm happy with my life. I'm happy with my family and with my kids and I think that's the most important thing at this point. Football is just something that I do.

Question: Has it cross your mind that you may not be a Patriot down the road?
Seymour: A lot of things cross my mind. I'm not entertaining those questions about anything. I think my main focus is on this night of champions and that's the way I'm going to conduct myself.

Question: What about the report that you would sit out the season?
Seymour: I haven't said anything to you guys. So I remain that way. I'm speaking from the horse's mouth. I heard reports about what I said -- this, that and the other. But you're hearing it live right now. I never said anything about anything and that's the way I remain. I'm here with my teammates and that's the most important thing. I love my teammates and my teammates love me. Like I said, it's a night of champions and I'm a champion. My teammates are champions and hopefully we can continue to be champions. That's what it is.

Question: Will you attend training camp without a new contract?
Seymour: Thank you guys.

Question: Is that a no comment?
Seymour: Thank you. The ring is nice.

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