Faulk is training to come back and play


Faulk is training to come back and play

PROVIDENCE -- Kevin Faulk had some news to break while visiting Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island on Thursday afternoon.

"I'm training to come back and play," he told reporters. "But it's not up to me, it's up to the team and everything. But I am planning on coming back to play. So we'll see what happens."
"Everyone says you don't have anything to prove, which I don't. I don't play the game of football to prove anything to anyone. I play the game of football because I love it.... It took me a while to make a decision, but I felt like I needed it this time.... I've been blessed to be able, in my eyes, play for one of the best organizations in the NFL. To have that opportunity to be able to play again -- I wanted to give myself the time and thought to think about it. And I thought about it and I knew what my heart it; it's always been with the Patriots."
Faulk, 35, entertained ideas of retiring after he did not dress for the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
"I'm human. I was stressing," he admitted. "Not playing as much as I did before last year... that kind of weighed into my factor of, 'Is it time for me to let it go?' But in my mind I still knew that I could play the game of football.
"Coming back last year, I don't think it was me physically, playing the game, I think it was more for me mentally. And when I say mentally, if you've been playing the game as long as I have at the same speed for the New England Patriots, everything has to be perfect. You have to be perfect. And last year it didn't feel that way for me at all, until toward the end of the season. But at that point in time it was too late because our team was already developed."
What's changed? His knee, for one. Faulk said he's encouraged by the progress his body is making which, in turn, impacts his attitude.
"It's totally different than a year ago at this time. I feel like it's back to where it was. I feel like it is back to where it was at some point during the season last year. Like I said, mentally I wasn't there. Every aspect of the game wasn't there for me last year through the course of the season."
Faulk is a free agent so the fact that he's willing to return doesn't necessarily mean that he will. The Patriots (or another team) would still have to be willing to give him a job.

"I just pray to God, let him take care of it. Today, y'all going to blast it out, so they're going to hear it," he laughed.
Indeed, Faulk seemed at peace with his decision and what may -- or may not -- come of it.
"If it doesn't come, it doesn't come; I'm content with it. That's another part of the decision I had to make, that if a phone call doesn't come from the New England Patriots, are you ready for that? Yes, I am."

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.

*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.

*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.

*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.

*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres

*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.



Mike Gorman: 'No thanks on Carmelo Anthony to the Celtics'

Mike Gorman: 'No thanks on Carmelo Anthony to the Celtics'

The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.

Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination. 

On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen. 

"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'