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Matt Light soaks up retirement but still misses football December through January

12.10.12 at 7:18 pm ET

FOXBORO — Tonight will be a night to honor one of the most decorated offensive linemen in Patriots history as Matt Light, who retired last spring, will become the fifth Patriots player since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 to retire as a career Patriot and receive the honor of addressing the fans during a halftime ceremony. He joins former teammates Kevin Faulk (2012), Tedy Bruschi (2010), Troy Brown (2008) and Ted Johnson (2005) to receive the honor.

Light was his typical personable self in answering questions.

On not facing J.J. Watt tonight and the season for the Patriots:

‘€œYou know, there are a lot of people I’€™m glad I don’€™t face anymore. My life is a lot more relaxed. I miss a lot of things about the game of football, and tonight’€™s an awesome opportunity to come back and watch these guys do what they do. Of course it’€™s an exciting season, as it always is. For me, it’€™s just an opportunity to share with my family and friends what has been just an awesome journey.’€

On how fitting it is to be honored on a wet, rainy night:

‘€œYou know, it’€™s fitting, isn’€™t it? ‘€¦ If it’€™s rainy and nasty and mucky, it’€™s a good day to be honored if you’€™re an offensive lineman.’€

On pulling pranks:

‘€œMost of them, we can’€™t talk about. And most of them I can’€™t even tell my own family, which is horrible. We had a lot of fun. ‘€¦ Poor Dante, he had to suffer through quite a few little issues within our offensive line room. I think the best thing you can say about it is if you do it the right way, you never get one person in a negative manner. It lets you do things that kind of bring everybody together. And for me, when you’€™re all laughing at a time when, for the most part, we don’€™t laugh a whole lot when we’€™re working, those are the moments that stick in your mind.’€

Looking at what this team could accomplish, do you miss that?

‘€œI do. I think this is the most exciting time of the year. We always talked about December when we played, and there’€™s obviously a ton of pressure when you get to December. I think the good teams always find a way to focus on a whole other level. It’€™s cool when you see it all come together; you go through the ups and downs of a season, and you’€™re battling injuries and battling questions marks here and there. But when you get to December and you know that you lay it all on the line, and December is going to lead to January, and January is going to lead to an opportunity to reach the ultimate goal, that’€™s an awesome time.’€

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