Patriots will honor Kevin Faulk this Sunday
|11.05.12 at 12:33 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Monday that recently retired running back Kevin Faulk will be honored in a special halftime ceremony at this Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills to allow fans an opportunity to celebrate his career. Here’s a portion of the press release that was issued by the team on Monday:
Faulk, who filled various roles for the Patriots during his years with the team, joined the club in 1999 as a second-round pick (46th overall) out of LSU. He is the Patriots all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,349) and kickoff return yards (4,098) and is the Patriots’ all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,041 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 943 punt return yards).
Faulk ranks fifth in Patriots history in rushing yards (3,607), fifth in receptions (431), eleventh in pass receiving yards (3,701) and sixth in total punt return yards (943). Faulk recorded the longest non-touchdown kickoff return in team history when he covered 95 yards on a return against the New York Jets (11/15/99).
For his career, he played in 161 games and accumulated 3,607 yards rushing on 864 attempts for a 4.2-yard average with 16 touchdowns, caught 431 passes for 3,701 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, returned 182 kicks for 4,098 yards and two touchdowns and returned 101 punts for 943 yards.
Faulk is the Patriots’ all-time leader in receptions by a running back, totaling 431 in his career. He became just the 26th running back in NFL history to reach the 400-reception plateau. In the 2000s decade, he was one of just six players to rush for more than 3,000 yards and gain over 3,000 yards receiving, joining Tiki Barber, Marshall Faulk, Michael Pittman, LaDanian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook.
In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Faulk has also been an integral part of the community since becoming a Patriot. Even in retirement, Faulk remains active with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and still hosts an annual celebrity softball game in Brockton, Mass., to benefit the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the United Way of Acadiana in his home state of Louisiana.
Matt Light, who retired from the Patriots this spring following an 11-year career with the Patriots, will be honored at halftime of a game later this season.