|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.
|Former teammates congratulate Kevin Faulk on Patriots’ Hall of Fame honor||05.18.16 at 8:33 pm ET|
Several former teammates of Kevin Faulk took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate him on reaching the Patriots Hall of Fame.
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) May 18, 2016
Well deserved https://t.co/oZgjwkwIc8
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) May 18, 2016
— Heath Evans (@HeathEvans44) May 18, 2016
— Mike Vrabel (@CoachVrabel50) May 19, 2016
And Faulk himself took to social media to say thanks for the honor.
Overwhelmed by the number of Congrats on twitter and phone calls from some of my former teammates who I played with. THANKS for supporting!!
— K. Feezy (@feezy_k) May 18, 2016
|Kevin Faulk named 2016 Patriots Hall of Famer||at 11:23 am ET|
The Patriots announced Wednesday that Kevin Faulk has been voted by the fans as the 25th entrant into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Faulk joins Troy Brown (2012) and Tedy Bruschi (2013) as the third player to enter The Hall as a career Patriot with three Super Bowl rings. He is also just the fifth player to be selected by the fans into the Patriots Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining Drew Bledsoe (2011), Brown, Bruschi and Ty Law (2014).
Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement, calling Faulk a “selfless and tireless contributor” to three Super Bowl champions.
“Kevin Faulk helped deliver three Super Bowl championships and redefined the way an entire generation of Patriots fans celebrated football in New England,” said Kraft. “Despite entering the NFL as the second-leading rusher in SEC history, he arrived in New England without ego or pretense. He was a selfless and tireless contributor to the team, accepting every challenge and excelling in many roles throughout his 13-year career. His work ethic, enthusiasm for the game and clutch performances, especially on third down, earned him the respect of his coaches, teammates and fans alike. For all his contributions and memorable moments on the field, some of my fondest memories were of Kevin’s contributions off the field. He earned our Ron Burton Community Service award in 2009 and often involved his family in his volunteer work, teaching his children the values of giving back.”
Faulk’s induction ceremony will be held on Monday, Aug. 1 on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The outdoor hall of fame ceremony is free and open to the public. Fans of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, Faulk will be honored with a halftime ceremony at the Patriots’ 2016 home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Faulk retired as the franchise’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,349) return yards (5,041) and kick return yards (4,098). A three-time Super Bowl champion, the LSU product played his entire career with the Patriots (13 seasons), and helped New England claim nine division titles, five conference crowns and three Super Bowl championships. A versatile presence out of the backfield over the course of his career, the 5-foot-8, 202-pounder rushed for 3,607 yards and 16 touchdowns, and added 431 receptions for 3,701 yards and 15 touchdowns.
While Faulk was a fan favorite, it’s likely he took that to a new level earlier this spring when he wore a Tom Brady jersey to the NFL draft.
“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” Faulk said of the decision to show support for the embattled quarterback. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”
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|Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears: ‘Fantastic’ seeing Kevin Faulk wear Tom Brady jersey at NFL draft||05.02.16 at 2:51 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Not many people within the confines of Gillette Stadium know Kevin Faulk better than running backs coach Ivan Fears.
Fears coached Faulk from 2002 to the end of his career in 2011, so he wasn’t surprised at Faulk wearing a Tom Brady jersey under his jacket when announcing the Patriots’ third-round pick Friday night at the NFL draft.
In fact, he knew Faulk would do something to support Brady, he just didn’t know what it would be.
“Fantastic. Fantastic,” Fears said Monday of what he thought of Faulk’s choice. “You know that’s my boy. If anyone could go out there and do the right thing — you know Kevin and [Tom] Brady are [tight]. You know he was going to do something. I was just waiting to see. I loved it.”
Faulk is also up for the Patriots’ Hall of Fame this summer and Fears said he has his vote.
“He’s got my vote, you know that guys,” he said. “He’s got my vote. What he did here and what he’s been able to do for this program for the years I have been here. The kind of guy, leadership role, definitely my guy.”
Check out our poll for the Patriots Hall of Fame by clicking here.
|Kevin Faulk talks with ‘NFL Sunday’ about his public decision to support old friend Tom Brady||05.01.16 at 1:24 pm ET|
On this week’s edition of “NFL Sunday,” former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk joined Mike Giardi and Chris Price and talked about his decision to wear a Tom Brady jersey to the podium at the draft Friday night, the fallout that ensued from his decision and the depth of his friendship with the quarterback. Faulk also offered his thoughts on the team going forward and life after football.
|Bill Belichick on Kevin Faulk wearing Tom Brady’s jersey at draft: ‘He always makes good decisions’||04.30.16 at 8:16 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk surprised a lot of people when he showed up to the NFL draft Friday night to announce the Patriots’ third-round pick with a Tom Brady jersey under his sport jacket — showing support for the quarterback who had his four-game suspension reinstated earlier in the week.
A lot of people throughout Patriot Nation approved of the attire, even Bill Belichick.
“Love Kevin. He always makes good decisions,” Belichick said Saturday night following the draft. “Looked sharp out there.”
Faulk explained the move to WEEI.com’s Chris Price earlier in the day.
“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” Faulk said. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”
He also said Brady texted him afterwards giving his approval.
When announcing the pick, Faulk said, “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) April 30, 2016
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FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk pretty much secured his spot in the Patriots Hall of Fame Friday night when he strolled on stage to announce the Patriots third-round pick wearing a Tom Brady jersey.
Faulk, who spent 12 years as Brady’s teammate, walked on stage wearing a blue Brady No. 12. Standing next to executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent — who has played a central role in the Deflategate scandal — he announced: “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”
On Saturday, Faulk walked through the decision.
“There was a process where you got on the green room, and the woman from the NFL comes to get you to bring you to the stage,” Faulk said to WEEI.com. “The person who came to get me, she was a huge Patriots fan. She said, ‘Oh, I love it.’ I got out there, and I heard some cheers and some boos. There will always be some negatives and some positives, but it was mostly positive.”
Faulk said he got a text from Brady afterward. He wouldn’t share the details of the message, but gave the general gist of what the quarterback said.
“Let’s just say that were all all brothers from a different mother,” Faulk said with a laugh.
“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” he added. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”
Earlier this week, a three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2-to-1 that Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the 2016 regular season.
“That’s why Kevin Faulk is a potential member of the Patriots Hall of Fame,” Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said with a smile late Friday when asked about Faulk’s move. “We all love Kevin Faulk. Nobody more than Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick and I was actually able to develop a real good relationship with Kevin Faulk. Kevin Faulk’s one of the best Patriots on a multitude of levels and I think he certainly showed that tonight.”
I forgot Brady started his career with Faulk. Brady is old. https://t.co/wqSsgUa4zR
— Andy Carlson (@AndyCarlsonShow) April 30, 2016
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