No. 9 biggest Notre Dame football NFL Draft bust of all time: Jim Seymour
1969 NFL Draft: Round 1, Pick 10
Los Angeles Rams, 1969 (Did not play)
Chicago Bears, 1970-1972
Jim Seymour’s obituary in the New York Times following his passing in 2011 tells the story of how the receiver will be remembered.
“Seymour played three years for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League, but he made his name as an athlete in college,” the NYT’s Bruce Weber prefaced before saying, “At 6 feet 4 inches, weighing more than 200 pounds and able to run 100 yards in less than 10 seconds, he was bigger and faster than virtually any other college receiver at the time, a physical type who set a standard for the position long before the likes of Keyshawn Johnson, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens ever caught a pass.”
Seymour caught just 21 passes and five touchdown throws during his NFL career in Chicago despite being a 3x All-American wideout while in South Bend. Seymour’s time with the Fighting Irish will forever be what defines his greatness.