Brown: Faulk was 'counselor for questionable players'


Brown: Faulk was 'counselor for questionable players'

Kevin Faulk will be remembered as one of the all-time greatest Patriots to ever put on the uniform.

He's a three-time Super Bowl winner and a guy that epitomized what it meant to be a Patriot during that time.

Faulk officially retired on Tuesday, and was honored at Patriots Place by the organization, friends, family, and fans.

Another ultimate Patriot, Troy Brown, was on CSNNE's Sports Tonight where he spoke about even more contributions Faulk made.

"There were so many things that Kevin did behind the scenes for the New England Patriots that people will never know about," Brown said. "You look at and people question the fact when the Patriots bring in these questionable players into the organization who do you think was the guy that was the counselor for all these guys? It was Kevin Faulk.

"He hung with these guys. Those guys came and talked to Kevin Faulk. He kept them in check. He kept Corey Dillon in check. That's just the type of guy that he is."

Dillon was a player who seemed to be a high-risk, high-reward signing. As it turned out, he helped the Patriots win a Super Bowl while avoiding off-the-field issues, and Brown credits Faulk for instilling that team-first mentality in Dillon.

But Faulk took on an even bigger role in 2008 when Tom Brady missed the entire season due to a torn ACL.

"Kevin Faulk took over the leadership role as far as being the guy who was going to have the voice on the sideline," Browns said. "There were games where you see Kevin on the sideline pumping guys up getting guys going. There's no Brady, there's Matt Cassel running this team who hasn't played in eight years. Kevin Faulk realized there's a situation there'a s time now for me to step up and be heard by these guys."

Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots


Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots

FOXBORO -- Seems as though the Bills don't quite have their stories straight. 

On the one hand, you have Bills players, who say that they won't hesitate to retaliate if a Patriots player gets near one of their pregame warmup drills, as Jacoby Brissett did in Week 4. 

On the other hand, you have the Bills coach, who sounded less eager for there to be any kind of scrap before this weekend's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

"No, I mean with us, just go out and warm up," Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. "That’s what you do, but any of the extracurricular things, you know, there’s absolutely zero focus on that, and shouldn’t be any focus on that. It’s just about playing games.

"I mean if people want to show how tough they are, put the boxing gloves on and get in the ring or something. That might be more impressive -- I don’t want Gronk by the way.

"But I definitely don’t want to see that happen, and our focus is 100 percent on the game and doing the very best we possibly can."

It's an interesting comment from a coach who has made it very clear that he wanted to build a "bully" in Buffalo. His team shut out the Patriots after trying to intimidate New England's rookie quarterback before the game. Did his team not benefit somehow from what occurred before kickoff that day?

He doesn't think so.

"It had nothing to do with our team . . . Absolutely nothing," he said. "You know, those things happen every now and then but it was no big deal. It did absolutely nothing for us."

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."