The New England Patriots released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding Matt Light's retirement.
On Monday, May 7, 2012, the New England Patriots will host a press conference to formally announce the retirement of Matt Light after a stellar 11-year NFL career. The press conference will be held at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon starting at 10:30 a.m. Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft will be on hand. Drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, over the next 11 years Matt Light appeared in 175 games, starting 173 at left tackle for the Patriots, including five Super Bowls and six AFC Championship games. He earned Pro Bowl honors three times and was selected to the New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team. In 2002, he started the Light Foundation, through which he continues to conduct his many philanthropic endeavors (for more information visit http:www.mattlightfoundation.org). In 2005, he earned the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award, which is presented annually to the Patriots player who makes the greatest contributions both on the field and in the community.
Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room.
"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."
Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.
During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday.
As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.
Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court.
After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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