During training camp, Kevin Faulk held out out hope that the Patriots may give him a call for one last run. That call never came, and so now Faulk has decided to call it a career.
The Patriots will host a press conference to formally announce Faulk's retirement on Tuesday at the Hall at Patriot Place. The announcement, to take place at 10:30 a.m., will be attended by Faulk, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick.
Faulk was drafted in the second round by the Patriots in 1999 out of Louisiana State University and proceeded to carve out a career that made him one of the most widely appreciated players in New England during his career. Why? He won.
In his 13-year career, Faulk helped the Patriots win nine AFC East titles and three Super Bowls. He is the team's all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12349), return yards (5,041) and kick return yards (4,098).
This summer Faulk told 98.5 The Sports Hub that he was training to stay in shape in case the Patriots needed a running back during training camp. He said he had been contacted by other teams in the NFL, but he had no intentions of putting on another jersey.
"I don't want to play for anyone else," he said of the Patriots.
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The Old Man got the last laugh. Tom Brady has outlived his replacement.
Remember when Jimmy Garoppolo was selected out of that football powerhouse, Eastern Illinois in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2014 draft? That was the beginning of the end for Tom Brady, remember?
Then Brady and the Patriots got off to that horrible start in '04 when they went 2-2, culminating with that butt whipping by the Chiefs in Kansas City.Good thing that the Hooded Genius was thinking ahead by drafting his boy Jimmy G., eh? Garoppolo would learn from the wise master (Brady) and then be ready to go in a couple of years when father time would finally catch up with TB12.
Well, Father Time is still in Brady’s rear-view mirror and Garoppolo saw his replacement drafted on Friday night: Jacoby Brissett out of North Carolina State. With Brady still playing at a high level and Jimmy G.’s contract up after the 2017 season -- two years before Tom’s new deal expires -- Garoppolo's days here are numbered. He's on the market . . . and that might be a good thing for him. Replacing a legend like Brady isn't easy. Garoppolo may leave here with three years of Belichick and Brady University under his belt, headed for a less pressurized situation.
Since, the Pats picked Brady’s understudy in 2014 Brady went on to win his fourth Super Bowl and could have won his fifth if his offensive line hadn’t wilted down the stretch and his head coach had not brain camped in the Eagle and Dolphin games.
I'm surprised. Brady is the greatest quarterback off all time but even the greatest has to make way for the future. That will happen eventually to Brady.