Remembering Kevin Faulk

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Remembering Kevin Faulk

When I think back on Kevin Faulk's career, there's one play that always stands out.

And you can probably guess which one I'm talking about.

It's the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2:51 on the clock, and Tom Brady just hit Mike Vrabel for a one-yard touchdown to give the Pats a 28-22 lead.

At this point, they need a two-point conversion. They REALLY need a two-point conversion. As evidenced by the fact that their defense had given up touchdowns on consecutive possessions and showed no signs of being able to slow down the Panthers attack.

Brady lines up in the shotgun, with Faulk with him in the backfield. Hut. Hut. HIKE. No. 33 steps in front of the snap, grabs the ball and shoots himself into the end zone. Conversion good. 29-22, Pats.

Of course, the Panthers responded with an easy touchdown 80 yards, on seven plays to tie the score with 1:08 left. And of course, thanks to John Kasay, Brady, Troy Brown, Deion Branch and Adam Vinatieri, the Pats ultimately won the game anyway. But if not for Faulk's conversion, who knows what would have happened. The dynamics would have changed and it wouldn't have been in the Pats favor.

And here's my favorite part about that play: It was the only time all year that Kevin Faulk found the end zone. This despite a season where he ran for a career high 638 yards on a career-high 178 carries, and caught 48 balls for another 440 yards. He had zero points. That is, until it was all on the line; when a play had to be made.

That was Kevin Faulk. And while this one two-point conversion barely scrapes the surface of everything he did for the Patriots on and off the field for 13 years, it's a fitting microcosm of how much he means to New England and how he'll be remembered through the annals of Patriots history.

To be honest, it's hard to get too choked up about Faulk walking away. We've known that it was coming for a while, and no one can disagree that the time is right. At some point, every one has to say goodbye. But Faulk does it with his head held high, on a fast track to the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 

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But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents