|Bill Belichick re-visits why selfless Kevin Faulk was so crucial to establishing the ‘Patriot Way’||09.17.16 at 6:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO — In the eyes of Bill Belichick, no one was more important to establishing the Patriot Way than Kevin Faulk.
Faulk went into the Patriots Hall of Fame in August. He was honored by the franchise for all of his contributions to the early success of the Belichick era in Foxboro. Faulk will be honored again Sunday at halftime of the game against the Dolphins.
Belichick acknowledged in the Aug. 1 ceremony that the Patriots wouldn’t have had the early success in his years in New England without Faulk’s contributions.
But what made Faulk so unique to Belichick was how unselfish the LSU product was in his time with the Patriots.
“It wasn’t an attitude of like, ‘Well, look, here’s what I’m good at. Here’s what I want to do. What do I need to do to help the team.’ He’d just go out there and do it,” Belichick said Friday. “You’re probably really lucky as a coach if you have a couple of guys, we’ve had a lot of guys like that, and he would certainly be up there at the head of that class. And honestly I think it’s great that he has been recognized for that.”
It’s not what the Patriots can do for you, it’s what you can do for the Patriots. And what meant the most to Belichick is that Faulk would always sacrifice his own individual statistical gain for what was in the best interest of the team. Belichick reminded everyone Friday that there is no one he trusted more in the clutch than Faulk.
“I don’t even know how many games he started in his career but I would venture to say not all that many, yet you’re talking about a [Patriots] Hall of Famer player that let’s just say wasn’t even a starter but that doesn’t really matter,” Belichick said. “When the game was on the line he was always in the game and he was always in the eye of the storm, and that really speaks more to me to the value of the player than whose name is in there on the starting lineup on the first play of the game. You’ve got 59 minutes of football left. I don’t think that’s the most important play yet that’s what a lot of people want to relate it to. Really the most important plays are the game-winning plays at the end of the game. Who’s in there for those? That’s what you really want to know.”
|Bill Belichick goes down memory lane with Kevin Faulk, feels ‘blessed’ to have had him, Troy Brown together||08.02.16 at 12:35 am ET|
FOXBORO — As he often does, Bill Belichick provided some unique insight Monday to what made Kevin Faulk a great player for him and the right fit in New England.
Moments after Faulk became the 25th member of the Patriots Hall of Fame, Belichick was asked if one particular moment or play stood out in Faulk’s 13-year playing career, all but one (1999) season of which was spend under Belichick in New England.
“There are a lot of them. They were talking about them today,” Belichick said. “The two-point play against Carolina (Super Bowl XXXVIII) was a huge play; it was the only time he scored all year. Kevin didn’t have a lot of touchdowns, he wasn’t a big scorer. He was big on third-down conversions and a returner, more of a situational player. The touchdown against the Jets during the playoff game when they were in an all-out blitz; it was another smart play. We were able to get him out and it was about a 10-, 12-yard touchdown, something like that. One play I remember for sure is the kickoff return he had against us [the Jets] when I was coaching in New York in 1999, his rookie year. He ran it back to about the 5-yard line. It was about a 95-yard return or something, so I remember him on both sides.
“So many of his plays were just, third-and-6 and he got seven, third-and-4 and he got five, third-and-3 and he got four. He just had a great knack [for making plays], like Troy [Brown] did. [He was] a very instinctive player; had a great knack for playing the game. He always seemed to do the right thing, even if it wasn’t a play made, maybe there was no more than what he could get, he got what he could get. He did the right thing, he made the right play. Maybe he was supposed to go out on a pass, he saw somebody come free on a rush, left his pattern to protect so we could get the play off. I mean, whatever it was, that’s what made him great is all the little things, the kind of unsung plays.
|Tom Brady makes surprise appearance at Kevin Faulk Hall of Fame induction ceremony||08.01.16 at 6:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Making his first public statements since his four-game suspension was upheld, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made a surprise appearance at the end of Kevin Faulk’s induction ceremony at the Patriots Hall of Fame, acknowledging his friend and former teammate.
Wearing a No. 33 jersey — a nod to Faulk’s decision to wear a No. 12 Brady jersey at the NFL draft this past spring — Brady spoke about the depth of his friendship with Faulk, which dates back to 2000.
“As great as a player as Kevin was, he is a better friend,” Brady said with a smile.
Brady joked about being onstage with Hall of Famers who are the same age as he is, and lined up next to old teammates Ty Law and Willie McGinest for a picture. Fans began chanting Brady’s name before the quarterback motioned for them to stop, saying this night was about Faulk.
“We have the best fans in the world,” Brady said.
Brady, ankles taped for practice, comes out in a Faulk jersey “I feel faster in this jersey already” pic.twitter.com/SUpd7dVBNG
— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) August 1, 2016
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|Patriots fans turn out for Kevin Faulk induction ceremony in Foxboro, in-stadium practice||at 4:54 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia interviews Craig Arsenault, a Patriots fan from Maine who made the trek down to Foxboro and Gillette Stadium for Monday’s induction ceremony for Kevin Fauk, and Monday’s in-stadium practice.
|Kevin Faulk: Tom Brady could call 2 big-name former teammates to workout with him during suspension||at 10:05 am ET|
When Tom Brady is suspended for the first four weeks of the season he cannot have any contact with his teammates or be at the Gillette Stadium facility.
So what will he do to stay sharp?
Former teammate Kevin Faulk speculated he may call on two of his former teammates to work out with him during the month of September.
“He’s definitely going to work,” Faulk on NESN in a segment set to air Monday night. “There’s no doubt in my mind. He’s probably going to do the same regimen he’s been doing for the last how many years he’s been playing football, stay in that routine, and yes, I’m almost positive Wes Welker is going to be here. He probably will reach out to Randy (Moss), and Randy will come because Randy’s in still good shape. Real good shape.”
Welker remains a free agent after spending the end of last season with the Rams, while Moss hasn’t played since 2012 and is now an analyst with ESPN.
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|Pats announce opening dates for training camp, confirm joint practices with Saints||06.16.16 at 10:19 am ET|
The Patriots announced Thursday 2016 training camp will open when veterans report on July 27, and the first practice will be held in front of the media and fans on July 28.
New England also confirmed that it would be holding joint practices with the Saints in Foxboro on Aug. 9 and 10 in advance of their preseason contest at Gillette on Aug. 11. It’s the first of two series of joint practices — the Patriots will also be conducting workouts with the Bears on Aug. 15 and 16 prior to their preseason game in Foxboro on Aug. 18.
In addition, the team also revealed at that the 2016 induction ceremonies for Kevin Faulk into the Patriots Hall of Fame will be held Mon., Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place. Following the induction, the Patriots will host their annual in-stadium practice for Season Ticket Members and Foxborough residents inside Gillette Stadium at 7 p.m.
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|5 thoughts on Kevin Faulk, Patriots Hall of Famer||05.19.16 at 11:15 am ET|
1. I’m going to be honest here: I’m probably incapable of writing unemotionally about Kevin Faulk. I know that’s probably considered a violation of some sort of journalistic code, but when it comes to stuff like this, I don’t really care. I’ve covered the team since 2001, and I got the chance to know him a little when he was a player, and I had the great fortune to sit next to him as a broadcast partner for a year, and he was always good company who treated me (and whoever he was working with) with respect. So if you’re looking tor a straightforward analytical look at the newest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame, you’re probably in the wrong place. (You’re also in the wrong place if you’re looking to rehash the Bill Parcells/Patriots Hall of Fame debate. Let’s all agree to meet back here next spring to talk about that again.) What I can tell you is that Faulk is eminently deserving of this honor, and I was proud to be one of the people who backed him at the Hall of Fame committee meeting. Look up the numbers if you want here, but just know that Faulk did a little bit of everything over the course of his career: feature back, third-down back, return man, direct-snap specialist. There were probably better players, but he put together a wildly underrated resume that deserves to be honored. An eminently reliable, consistent and dependable performer who went to five Super Bowls and played a role in three wins, he probably would have won the award even if he didn’t stroll out the second night of the NFL draft with a Tom Brady jersey on. (Our poll had him leading before that night.) After that, Mike Vrabel and Raymond Clayborn didn’t stand a chance.
2. Faulk was never the face-of-the-franchise, elite-level superstar type like the quarterback. And he was never the emotional centerpiece like Tedy Bruschi or Troy Brown. Instead, he occupied a weird little in-between spot in the hearts of fans, an undersized back who manage to reboot his career on three different occasions during his time with the Patriots. One of only a few players who ultimately survived the purge when Bill Belichick took over in 2000, as his career continued, he soon became one of the most well-respected guys in the New England locker room, managing to garner the admiration of players on both sides of the football. Most of the time, offensive guys stick with offensive guys and defensive guys stick with defensive guys. Only occasionally, there comes along a guy who is able to get both sides to defer to his leadership skills. Junior Seau was like that. Vince Wilfork was like that. Faulk was like that. There was, of course, one bad decision. If he had one mulligan, I suspect he would have left the weed at home in 2008 instead of bringing it with him to the Lil’ Wayne concert. That got him banned for a game, arguably the only thing he ever did that reflected negatively on the organization. But there was more than enough good to make up for that.
3. It’s easy to forget how many big plays he was responsible for, particularly over the second half of his career. And there was no one else who was capable of executing the direct snap and coming away with something big better than Faulk. (Google “Kevin Faulk” and “direct snap” and you get more than 3,000 results.) Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Panthers. The 2006 divisional playoffs against the Chargers. In big moments, he was always able to come up with a big performance. Built to run gadget plays, he was one of only two guys to throw a pass to Tom Brady.
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