Matt Light reveals battle with Crohn's

Retiring Patriots lineman talks about dark period while fighting intestinal disease

Updated: May 14, 2012, 5:11 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When members of the New England Patriots gathered at owner Robert Kraft's home to receive their Super Bowl rings in the summer of 2004, offensive lineman Matt Light couldn't make it. It wasn't by choice.

Light was fighting to stay alive, in the middle of a 30-day hospital stay.

"It was one of the darkest periods in my life," he recalled Monday.

Had things unfolded according to plan, Light would have had 13 inches of his intestine removed, ...

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