One night, Seymour recalled, the Patriots rookies were asked to take the veterans out for dinner. The veterans ate "aggressively" and drank Cristal champagne.
Seymour's share of the tab? $15,000. That, he later recalled, was the moment he decided to put himself on a budget.
[Rookie players also quickly learn to carry at least two cellphones: one for family and "real" friends, the second sometimes called a "girlfriend phone."]