FOXBOROUGH — On a cool evening outside of Gillette Stadium, the Patriots honored one of the most versatile players ever to play for them, Kevin Faulk.
A model of consistency throughout his 13 seasons in New England, Faulk owned the third-down back role throughout his career. Time and again, Faulk made plays when it mattered the most, including a key two-point conversation play in Super Bowl XXXVIII that Robert Kraft highlighted while introducing Faulk. Bill Belichick also said that was one of his favorite Faulk plays.
The highlight of the night, however, was an appearance by Tom Brady. Donning a No. 33 Faulk jersey, Brady addressed the crowd for several minutes and stressed that Faulk was an even better person than he was player. Faulk was been one of the most vocal supporters of the embattled quarterback, wearing a No. 12 jersey at the NFL draft and to the ceremony for his induction.
Ty Law, Patrick Pass and Willie McGinest also told their favorite Faulk stories, which included terrific on field plays and a missed practice his rookie season due to an all-night drinking competition, courtesy of Law. Every speaker, from Kraft to Belichick, Brady and all of his other former teammates made a point to mention that Faulk was an even better person than a football player. His charitable contributions throughout his career where among the most prolific on the team, both in time and money.
For his part, Faulk was humbled by the event. “It’s truly an honor,” Faulk said. After thanking god, Faulk moved on t Troy Brown, then Brady and a host of other former Patriots. He thanked his wife of 16 years for putting up with his “shenanigans” and his mentors growing up for keeping him focused on the future.
He also had a message for the people that question the Patriots success. “Come sit in our meeting rooms and see what we do,” Faulk said. “Then you’ll know why the Patriots are the Patriots.”
Simple, but true. For one of the most dependable Patriots of this century, it was a ceremony worthy of his play.