Former Patriots RB Kevin Faulk To Retire

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All good things must eventually come to an end and when you talk about Kevin Faulk‘s career with the New England Patriots, nothing but good comes to time. Earlier today on a radio show, the former Pats running back announced that he would be retiring from the NFL.

After being deactivated for the 2012 Super Bowl, Faulk became a free agent in the NFL. He spoke to the Boston Herald about retiring: “It’s not like it was a definite that I was going to come back and play,” Faulk told the Herald. “The (running backs) that they have and the waiting process, I sat down and talked with Bill, and Bill kind of gave me his idea of what he thought it was. From there it was, ‘You know what? It’s time.”

Drafted in the second round (46th overall pick) in the 1999 NFL Draft, Faulk became one of the “prototype” players that Bill Belichick likes to use (a la Troy Brown). Whether he was the back in the I-formation, out of shotgun, returning kicks or lining up as one of the slot receivers, Faulk was a huge part in helping the Pats win three Super Bowls in four season.

His best season as a Patriots may have come in the 2000 when he ran for 570 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also added 465 receiving yards and a passing touchdown. By retiring Faulk ends his career with a total of 33 total touchdowns (16 rushing, 15 receiving, 2 kick return) and will retire as the franchise leader in return yards, kick return yards and all-purpose yards. Faulk took to twitter after announcing his retirement:

Faulk was a class act during his time with the Patriots and he’ll be missed as he’s walking away from the game for good. He’ll be holding his retirement press conference tomorrow at 10 AM.


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