Many -- most? -- of Tom Brady's teammates, and ex-teammates, feel the same as the denizens of Patriots Nation: That the future Hall of Fame quarterback has been unfairly railroaded in the kangaroo court of Roger Goodell and Ted Wells and the NFL.
Unlike the rest, however, Kevin Faulk had the chance to do something about it.
He made an unmistakable statement when, while making one of the Patriots' picks at the recent NFL Draft, he whipped off his jacket and displayed a Patriots jersey adorned with Brady's No. 12. And he punctuated it with a look of total defiance on his face.
Pats fans loved it. And so did a certain quarterback.
Brady called Faulk and, according to the ex-running back, told him: "Thank you for just showing the respect that we had for each other."
"That was all it [was]," Faulk said Tuesday morning on Toucher & Rich. "It wasn't [a] big, drawn-out deal, nothing like that. It was, 'Thank you.' . . .
"We may not talk every day, but whenever we do pick up the phone to call to each other, we can help each other out."
Still, Faulk admitted to nerves prior to the moment, Until . . .
"[I] went to the green room right before they take you to the stage," he related. "And the girl who took me to the green room, she was a New England Patriots fan. And she was like, 'I love it!' So that just gave me that much more . . . confidence.
"It was like, 'Let's go do this!' "