New England Patriots running back
Kevin Faulk is at a
crossroads in his career, and he knows it.
Is it time for him to retire? Or should he try once more
to get back on
the field for another season?
The 35 year old, LSU product sat down at NESN studios with
Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza-Young in a revealing interview
that touched on
that decision as well as others which have impacted Faulk over the past
After telling followers on Twitter
that he couldn’t decide
on whether to retire or not, Faulk explained that he wants to take time
the right decision.
"Right now, with the emotions that
are going on and
with the game that just happened (Super Bowl XLVI), I know everybody
that I was going to make a decision, but it's kind of early," Faulk
said. “I don’t want to tie my emotions in to exactly what went
that passed (losing to the Giants) or what went on during the course of
the season. I think
I have to sit down to talk with my
family, my agent, my teammates and former teammates – people that I
trust in – for me to base my decision off of.”
Faulk cited his love of the game as
one of the factors
keeping him from deciding enough is enough.
Selected by the Patriots in the
second round of the 1999 NFL
Draft (46th overall), 2010 and ’11 were Faulk’s
seasons in New England. He
just nine games recording 25 rushes for 102 yards and 13 receptions for
yards over that time. Even
in an injury
marred 2005 season where he only played 8 games, Faulk managed to fare
(51 rushes for 145 yards, 29 catches for 290 yards).
The writing may be on the wall for
Faulk despite his
struggles to come to grips with how his career may be ending. He noted that Patriots
running backs coach
Ivan Fears virtually said as much, without telling him directly.
“You can see it when you’ve been with
someone so long, you
can see it in his face,” Faulk said of his conversation with Fears. “He
know what, you’re not the Kevin we’re used to,’ and I understood that,
Faulk didn't dress for the Super
Bowl, and it's something he
could always regret. But in typical Patriot-like fashion, the
veteran told Manza-Young that he could deal with not being dressed for
Super Bowl if it turns out to be his final game.
What inspiration did Faulk draw upon
to move past the
perceived slight for not dressing in his potential final
game? Troy Brown, ‘Mr. Patriot.’
"A lot of people called me the day
after the Super
Bowl, some just to congratulate me on my career, and what I've
speculation on if I was going to retire," Faulk said of his experience.
"Lots of people (supporters) were very upset I didn’t dress for the
“One thing I told one person, when they asked me the question (about
dressed), there was a picture I was looking at, and it was Troy Brown.
them if he can do it, I can do it."
Throughout the interview, Faulk revealed the feelings he struggled
being injured (He
tore his ACL vs the Jets Sept. 19, 2010), to trying
the emotions of watching his teammates against the Giants
while he cheered
them on from the sideline.
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