New England Patriots: Kevin Faulk

Faulk, Light: Looking forward to Sunday

January, 18, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Matt Light and Kevin Faulk, who will serve as honorary captains for the Patriots this Sunday for the AFC Championship Game, met with local media on Friday.

"To have the opportunity to do this, and know the guys that have done it in the past like Ty (Law), (Tedy) Bruschi and Drew (Bledsoe), it's an honor," Faulk said. "You never think about what's going to happen at the end when you're playing football. I never thought I was going to play 13 years in the NFL, and to accomplish the accomplishments that we accomplished as a football team, and to see this organization still on that same path after so many years, it just speaks volume to that organization, the players, the coaches, just everybody around. Once again I'd like to say thank you for the opportunity to Mr. Kraft and the Patriots' organization."

"To have the Kraft family honor us in this way, to share this special moment at this time of the year when everybody is amped up, it's truly a blessing," added Light. "And as Kevin said, the time that I've spent here, the time that Kevin spent here, you look back on it and you say as an organization, as a coaching staff and as the guys you play with, as all those things were combined to form what we experienced, it doesn't get any better. And we really appreciate it, and we're really looking forward to it."

Faulk 'gained another family' in Pats fans

November, 11, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk, who retired last month, was honored at halftime of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

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AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaKevn Faulk was honored at halftime Sunday.
Faulk was introduced by Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The following is a transcript of Faulk's remarks to the fans:

"This has been amazing. Ever since I announced my retirement, I didn't know how I was going to accept it. But you, you the fans. I didn't really know how I was going to accept not playing football anymore, but you are the ones who got me through it. From the Twitter messages, personal messages you sent me and let me know how I played the game of football is how it is really meant to be played, I want to thank you once again for all those kind words that helped me.

"It helped me get through the times, when I made a decision and I knew that it was it for me. It helped me get through those times. It helped me think about those memories, those championships, the guys that we played with, Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, Mrs. Kraft, who we dearly miss. It helps me remember all of those things.

"For the past 13 years, my only goal was to take care of my family. I've done that. On the same token, I gained another family, and that's the New England Patriots nation. Also, I want to thank Mr. Kraft, his family, Mrs. Myra, who like I said before, we really miss. She was part of the inspiration for a lot of the guys on this football team. I want to thank him and his family dearly. Thank you, Mr. Kraft, once again.

"I also want to thank my family. My wife, my three kids, my sister and her two kids. My two best friends in this whole world, who actually moved up here with me, to deal with the things that I was dealing with. Thank you all for being there, because I needed you. Thank you all very much.

"Once again, the opportunity to play in front of these magnificent fans has been the real reason why it has really pushed me and pushed the football team that I played on for 12 years to be so successful and who we are.

"Now I'll continue to go not as a football player, but to go as a man in a world that we know is fastly changing. I want to thank you all because you helped me do that as a football player.

"The many opportunities, the many players I got an opportunity to play with, the many coaches I had the experience to be coached by, I just want to thank them for the many opportunities.

"I got a lot of stuff about this in my retirement speech. Before I leave, I want to clear this up, and I want to straighten it out right now. Today, in Gillette Stadium, there's nothing going wrong between Tom Brady and Kevin Faulk. Tom Brady is the person and probably the reason why this organization is where it is today. For anyone to talk about, 'OK, I didn't say his name in my retirement speech,' it was only because he wasn't in the building. I acknowledged everyone that was in the building. He is a pillar for this New England Patriots organization, and I want to tell him thank you."

Pats to honor Faulk at halftime Sunday

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The Patriots will honor longtime running back Kevin Faulk with a halftime ceremony at their Week 10 contest against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium, the team announced Monday.

Faulk, a veteran of 13 seasons who recently announced his official retirement from football, played in 161 games during his career, all with the Patriots. He was originally drafted in the second round out of LSU in 1999, and finished his career as the Patriots' all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (12,349), kickoff return yards (4,098), and receptions by a running back (431). He was known as one of the most reliable players on the team throughout much of his career, and was tremendous in a role as a third-down running back.

The ceremony for Faulk is one of two halftime events lined up to honor recently retired Patriots, as the team will do the same for former offensive tackle Matt Light in a later home game in 2012.

Belichick: Faulk 'the ultimate team player'

October, 9, 2012
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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.

Faulk on Edelman's arrest: 'Over with now'

November, 2, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots running back Kevin Faulk had his own off-the-field troubles with the law a few years back and can relate to what wide receiver Julian Edelman is going through after being arrested for indecent assault and battery earlier this week.

Faulk, who was cited for marijuana possession in his native Louisiana in February of 2008, suggested Edelman's troubles are in the rear-view mirror as far as the team is concerned.

AP Photo/Don WrightPatriots running back Kevin Faulk understands what Julian Edelman is going through.
"It's over with now," said Faulk. "We're focused on the Giants. It happens. But the worst thing happened, now it's over. Keep letting everybody else talk about it and don't worry about it. You got a game to play on Sunday. I was actually in that situation in the offseaosn a few years ago. It's one of those things where you forget about it. It happened already, so you move on."

While being peppered on the subject earlier in the day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick suggested he had talked with Edelman and that all internal discipline would be handled behind the scenes. Faulk noted it was no longer an issue in the Patriots' locker room.

"We talk about it; It’s hard for you not to hear about it because the media’s talking about it," said Faulk. "But at the same time, it’s not being talked about in here. The thing being talked about right now is the Giants."

After he was asked if he might take a younger player like Edelman aside and give him a little pep talk, Faulk admitted he would be happy to dispense advice, but again suggested it was in the past.

"At the same time, you talk to Coach [Belichick], you talk to Mr. [Robert] Kraft, and they discuss everything. Now it's a dead issue for anybody else on the team," said Faulk. "Now it's for him to talk about and his attorney to talk about, that's it."

Loss tempers Faulk's return

October, 31, 2011
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AP Photo/Don WrightKevin Faulk got thrust right back into the fire against the Steelers.
PITTSBURGH -- Back in game action for the first time in 13 months Sunday against the Steelers, Patriots running back Kevin Faulk seemingly played with less rust than some of his teammates who had endured a mere 14-day break over the bye.

Faulk caught five passes for 20 yards through the air, while adding six carries for a team-high 32 yards on the ground. It was all overshadowed by the outcome -- a 25-17 loss -- at Heinz Field.

"At the beginning of the game, it's a great feeling [to be back out there]," said Faulk. "But once you get going in the game, you’re doing your job, and not worrying about it being your first game back or whatever. You're just trying to win a football game. Obviously, they made more plays than us to win the football game.

"I'm just trying to help my team, whatever they ask me to do. I didn't know the role at the beginning of the week, but at the same time, you just do your job and your role will define itself later."

Faulk tore the ACL in his right knee during Week 2 of the 2010 season and missed the rest of the year. He started the 2011 campaign on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list, sitting out the first six games before returning to practice on Oct. 17.

Faulk was officially added to the active 53-man roster Saturday and, one day later, he was doing typical Faulk-like things again, like picking up blitzes, running routes in the flat, and hunting for yards off inside draws. Faulk, who wore a barely-noticeable brace, also showed the ability to still get outside and turn the corner, nearly scoring on a short run in the second quarter on an outside run (he got pushed out at the 2 and, on the next play, Deion Branch caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady for the team's first score).

Not all went perfectly for Faulk -- not only with the outcome, but his own play.

"I don’t know how closely you were watching, but I had a couple mistakes," said Faulk. "I missed a blitz pickup. At the same time, winning the game was the most important thing for me. This might have been my first football game in 13 months, but winning the game was most important and we didn’t do that."

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A midseason boost from PUP

October, 19, 2011
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AP Photo/Winslow TownsonPatriots running back Kevin Faulk is working his way back to game activity.
The Patriots' patience with Kevin Faulk, Ron Brace, and Brandon Deaderick may soon pay dividends writes Chris Forsberg:
On the day of the NFL trade deadline, the New England Patriots added three potential starters to the practice field. The cost? Nothing but patience.

Three thousand miles away, the Oakland Raiders gave up a small ransom (potentially two first-round picks) to land holdout quarterback Carson Palmer, a move that highlighted the smattering of deadline activity.

Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio had noted Monday that his team would be content to move forward with the roster it had. Sure enough, New England's roster juggling Tuesday was limited to re-signing a depth cornerback (Phillip Adams) and starting the clock on three players on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Let's remember that running back Kevin Faulk and defensive linemen Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick were all starters at one point for last season's 14-2 team. Each must prove he is healthy enough to return to action, then carve out a role on this season's squad, which has improved depth at both positions.

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[Your turn: Which PUP player will have the biggest impact on the team moving forward? Will Faulk's veteran experience mean more than Brace and Deaderick's depth on the defensive line? Sound off in the comments.]

Faulk 'probably' on PUP to start season

August, 30, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk acknowledged Tuesday night that he'll "probably" start the season on the physically unable to perform/reserve list while continuing to work his way back from the right knee injury that sacked much of his 2010 campaign.

Entering his 13th year in the league, Faulk admitted it's been tough to be a spectator ever since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second game of last season, but said he's willing to do whatever helps the team, even if the PUP list leaves him unable to return to the gridiron until Week 6 of the 2011 season.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN BostonKevin Faulk acknowledged Tuesday that he's likely to begin the season on the PUP list.
"When you’re a player and you've been doing it for this long, you understand the business and understand the game, so you accept your role and move on," Faulk said while addressing reporters before the Patriots' Kickoff Gala Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium. "Keep getting better [while on the PUP list], each and every day, and wait to see when your opportunity comes again. That's been my role for the past 13 years."

"It would be difficult, but that’s probably what’s going to happen," Faulk said of starting on the PUP list. "I’ll deal with it as it comes, that goes with the territory."

Faulk, one of four captains last season, remains the longest-tenured member of the Patriots after inking a one-year, incentive-enriched deal this offseason. He is the Patriots' all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,140) and kickoff return yards (4,098) and is the all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,031 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 933 punt return yards).

"I feel pretty good," Faulk said. "I went into [coach Bill Belichick's] room, me and him talked, and he said, 'I know if I said I can put you out there right now, you’d give me 120 percent.' And he’s probably right, but he was like, 'I want you to be better than 120 percent.' That’s Bill. He’s just being himself. I told him, 'I understand, whatever it is I can do to help this team win, that’s what I’m going to do.'"

That's included being a veteran presence. Faulk acknowledged that he enjoys when the younger players seek him out for guidance. He was spotted during the preseason opener earlier this month celebrating scoring runs with players on the sideline, including fellow LSU product and rookie running back Stevan Ridley. Those moments are helping him grind through not being able to participate.

Could the extended break aid Faulk down the road when he is able to return?

"See, that’s a tricky question," Faulk said with a smile. "As you're going through it, you’re like, 'How can it be helping me?' But later on, down the line, it might be that it helped me. I can’t answer that right now. Right now I’m beating myself up.

"What’s really helping me is being able to go to the meetings, interact with the guys, and see what they’re seeing on film, that’s really helping me out."

Faulk: 'I'm upset for my teammates'

September, 22, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- An emotional Kevin Faulk confirmed Wednesday he was out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, saying he "cried a whole lot" after it happened but has since accepted his fate.

"Hey, it's life. You have to deal with it," Faulk said. "You get knocked off the road sometimes. [It's about] how you get back on and who you are as a person."

The 34-year-old New England Patriots running back said he would have surgery in about a month, after the swelling subsided, and that he plans to "work my butt off" to rehab from the injury before deciding if he will try to return for a 13th NFL season.

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Report: Faulk has torn ACL

September, 21, 2010
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New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk has a torn ACL in his right knee, an NFL source told the Boston Globe. It is an injury that usually means the end to a player’s season, though the Patriots have not yet placed Faulk on injured reserve.

"They're still working on it. I think part of it is how things come around in the next day or so," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on a conference call with reporters earlier Tuesday. "We'll see how things go in the next day or so and based on how that is, then make a decision at that point."

Read more about it HERE.

Earlier today, Mike Reiss blogged about what a significant Faulk injury would mean for the recently acquired Danny Woodhead.
The New England Patriots announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with running back Kevin Faulk. The team did not release the terms of the deal, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter the deal was for one year and will be signed Thursday.

More on this to come ...

Faulk on Patriots' vulnerability

December, 16, 2009
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ESPN.com AFC East reporter Tim Graham is in western New York today, and he took part in Wednesday's conference call with Patriots running back Kevin Faulk. Graham blogs on Faulk's remarks regarding the Patriots' vulnerability.

"By the way we're playing? Yes. By the way we are playing as a football team, yes, we are vulnerable," Faulk says. "I think that's why you practice each and every day, to get better at the things you're not good at."

Homecoming for Faulk, Green

November, 25, 2009
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For Kevin Faulk and Jarvis Green -- two Louisiana natives who played collegiality at Louisiana State -- Monday's matchup with the Saints isn't just another big game, it's a homecoming.

And one that's been a long time coming, no less.

The Patriots haven't played in New Orleans since their 20-17 triumph over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI on Feb. 3, 2002. They haven't played the Saints since Nov. 20, 2005, a game played in Foxborough. The Patriots last met the Saints at the Superdome on Oct. 4, 1998.

Both Faulk (drafted the year after that last regular-season visit to New Orleans) and Green (drafted the year after the Super Bowl victory) expressed excitement in returning home, but admit their cell phones haven't stopped buzzing with family and friends looking for tickets.

"Whoever's doing the schedule, I must tell them thank you," Faulk said with a smile. "That's just a joke, that's all. No, that's something that goes on, we can't control it, so why complain about it?"

Sidelined after undergoing knee surgery in late October, Green said it would be nice to return to the field in his home state, but that he's not looking that far ahead yet.

"I've got to see how I practice first," said Green, who had a purple and yellow LSU sweatshirt hanging in his locker. "It would be good, but let's just see how things go. One day at a time."

While joking the Patriots' visit to the Big Easy happens to come the year the Saints are 10-0, both players said the team's success is great for the community, particularly as the area continues to rebound from Hurricane Katrina.

"It's good for the whole state, just to see them coming along as a team. The state has been looking for this for a while," said Faulk. "You can tell by the fans, the backing they have and the sold-out game. That's how fans feel about [the Saints]. They've always had good fans, they just didn't have enough to cheer about."

Added Green: "It's good after what they went through a few years ago. It's something special down there. Like anything else, the city supports each other. It's huge for the city, it keeps them stronger."

Hitting the key points on Pats

November, 23, 2009
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ESPN football analyst Tedy Bruschi, who contributes his analysis weekly on ESPNBoston.com, shares his thoughts on the Patriots' 31-14 win over the Jets.

A few points that he highlights, which could be easy to overlook, include the role of running back Kevin Faulk providing blitz relief and the standout performance of linemen Vince Wilfork and Logan Mankins. Bruschi also tips his cap to Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in his matchup against Randy Moss.

Offensive participation in win over Jets

November, 23, 2009
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A look at snaps played by Patriots offensive skill-position players in the team’s 31-14 win over the Jets:

WR Randy Moss – 76 of 83 snaps
WR Wes Welker – 64 of 83
TE Chris Baker – 57 of 83
TE Benjamin Watson – 56 of 83
RB Kevin Faulk – 39 of 83
RB Laurence Maroney – 37 of 83
WR Julian Edelman – 28 of 83
WR Isaiah Stanback – 23 of 83
RB/FB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 20 of 83
FB Dan Connolly – 5 of 83
WR Matthew Slater – 5 of 83
TE Mark LeVoir – 3 of 83

(snaps include an offensive holding penalty, defensive holding penalty, offensive pass interference penalty and two delay of game penalties)

ANALYSIS: The 83 snaps tied a season-high for a game (vs. Falcons) and reflected the decisive time of possession advantage the Patriots had (39:54-20:06). … Maroney’s 37 snaps were a season-high. His 23 carries were the third highest total of his career (including playoffs) as his hard running – and the fact he seemed to be get stronger later in the game -- was a big part of the win. … Edelman’s playtime spiked from last week (5 snaps vs. Colts) as he was part of three- and four-receiver sets. … One of the interesting parts of the game was how Connolly started at right guard then moved to fullback on the start of the second series of the game before returning to guard. … Green-Ellis lined up as a lead-blocking fullback, running back, and in the shotgun in a two-back set. … Slater was the lone receiver in a power set with two tight ends and lead-blocking fullback.

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