Belichick: Faulk 'the ultimate team player'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk announced his retirement Tuesday in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium attended by Faulk's coaches and teammates.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick lauded Faulk for his 13-year career in New England, calling him and former Patriots receiver Troy Brown the "gold standard of teamwork, commitment, performance, and winning."

Belichick called Faulk "the ultimate team player," noting how in addition to being the franchise's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage, he is also the record holder in game balls, with "60-something."

"The bigger the situation or the play, the more you could count on him," Belichick said.

In a highlight video of Faulk's career, quarterback Tom Brady said that no player "was more clutch" than Faulk.

Faulk thanked a wide range individuals for contributing to his career, and became emotional when discussing the impact of his mother, who died in 2004. He ended his speech by showing the crowd his three Super Bowl championship rings.

Current players in attendance included receiver Deion Branch, linebacker Jerod Mayo, and cornerback Devin McCourty. Former players at the ceremony were receiver Troy Brown, running back Sammy Morris, and linebacker Matt Chatham.