Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Faulk's powerful thank-yous
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Another highlight from Kevin Faulk's retirement news conference Tuesday at the Patriots Hall of Fame came when Faulk directly addressed owner Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick.
Faulk started with Kraft, who had opened the retirement ceremony by lauding Faulk as one of the franchise greats.
“Mr. Kraft, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the many, many things you’ve allowed me and my family to accomplish in life," Faulk said, explaining how he watched how Kraft conducted himself and his business and used it as a model for his own life.
Faulk then singled out Kraft's late wife, Myra.
"And Miss Myra, how much she loved the kids, and how she’d help out no matter what, what anyone needed. That’s the type of person she was,” Faulk said, as Kraft bowed his head to compose his own emotions.
Then Faulk turned his attention to Belichick.
"Bill, a one-of-a-kind coach. I’ve had a lot of football coaches in my career and every last one of them, I’ve tried to get the best feel for them so I can understand and put forth the best effort I had to get the job done for my coaches. For a very, very long time, it was hard for me to figure out who you were, and how you worked," Faulk said, drawing laughter. "[But] I knew one thing: If I did my job, I was all right.
"It was my third or fourth year in the league, and I had to go sit down and talk with him," Faulk continued, at that point addressing the 100 or so coaches, teammates, media members and fans in attendance. "It was one of those things where I was shocked. In a team setting, he’s got you. You can’t win nothing with Bill. But when you go 1 on 1 with him, and sit down in his office, it’s totally different.
"You taught me so much about the game of football, the different strategy of football, the different angles to attack the game of football," Faulk said, turning his attention back to Belichick. "As a player, you think you know everything. Nah, not with Bill. There is always some insight he has – him and Ernie [Adams] – that make you a better football player, to put you that one step in the position you need [to be] to make a play. I want to thank you once again for the opportunity to be able to grow as a football player.”