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Faulk likely to go out on rough note

Super Bowl Football AP

Kevin Faulk was not active for the Super Bowl on Sunday night.  He’s not expected to be active again as an NFL player.

The assumption from Patriots teammates according to ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss is that Faulk is headed for retirement.

“I just feel real bad for guys like Kevin, trying to go [off] into the sunset,” cornerback Kyle Arrington said.

It’s been an amazing run for Faulk. He is the last holdover from the Pete Carroll era with 13 years of experience. He forged a long career while only topping 100 carries in a season twice.

He may have been the best pure third down back of his generation and made countless big plays for the Patriots. Even the end of his career was quietly remarkable. How many 35-year-old running backs make it back from a torn ACL?

Faulk indicated during Super Bowl week that he plans to get into coaching on some level. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he landed back in Foxborough someday.

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20 Responses to “Faulk likely to go out on rough note”
  1. skeefe1976 says: Feb 6, 2012 2:56 PM

    Thanks for all the memories, Kevin. You are a true Patriot and we’ll miss you. Maybe someday you take over for Ivan Fears as RB coach.

  2. descendency says: Feb 6, 2012 2:58 PM

    Not being active in the Super Bowl was a pretty good indication that coach Belichick is probably going to have a talk with Kevin about this fairly soon.

    When one of your best big game players is too old to play in the Super Bowl… you know it’s time to retire.

  3. rc33 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:01 PM

    Good luck K.F.
    A terrific leader and always 100% about the team. Unfortunately for him, it became apparent that he had lost about two steps after that ACL surgery.

  4. silverandblack052099 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:03 PM

    Look at the bright side Kevin, you may not have been active for the game but at least you weren’t released the day before the Super Bowl.

  5. realitypolice says: Feb 6, 2012 3:03 PM

    If I were a Patriots fan, this would bother me.

    How much of an upgrade is Stevan Ridley (who didn’t even get into the game) that Belichick felt like he had to deactivate a guy who has done so much for the franchise and that he knew full well was most likely going to retire?

    I get that football is a business and no man is bigger than the team. But geez.

  6. rtandler says: Feb 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    So, wait, he was on three Super Bowl winners and he was on two more teams that made it there and we’re supposed to feel bad for how he rides off into the sunset?

  7. superskins says: Feb 6, 2012 3:30 PM

    The man owns a record-owning college resume at LSU, has had a 13 year pro career, is a 3x super bowl champion, and has made millions doing it. He’s hardly going out on a ‘rough note’

  8. Andee says: Feb 6, 2012 3:42 PM

    Yeah, the dude won three rings. Riding off into the sunset is not a birthright.

  9. invaiduh says: Feb 6, 2012 3:50 PM

    nice guy but, was always overrated

  10. mdpickles says: Feb 6, 2012 3:53 PM

    Those back to back screen passes to Faulk and Dillon in the Bowl against my Eagles were huge. But that was back when the Pats knew what defense was called.

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 6, 2012 4:18 PM

    Great player!! Always thought he and Troy Brown should be more highly regarded for their contributions to those championships. If only he didn’t get caught smoking weed that time…..but any how, what a fantastic career he should be proud of it…

  12. goforthanddie says: Feb 6, 2012 4:24 PM

    Yeah, let’s feel bad for a 35-year-old millionaire.

  13. wakexxl says: Feb 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    Well said superskins

  14. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Feb 6, 2012 4:34 PM

    And they repay him by deactivating him for the Super Bowl, his last game, for a guy who had what 1 touch all game?

    That is a rough note for any player with pride

  15. 2dollarpbrs says: Feb 6, 2012 5:06 PM

    realitypolice says: Feb 6, 2012 3:03 PM

    If I were a Patriots fan, this would bother me.

    The thing is you are NOT a Pats fan so stop telling us how we should feel

    Faulk was a great player but only played in 2 games this year. You would know this if you watched the Patriots, which you clearly don’t

    Why waster a spot in the Super Bowl for someone who will not play?

  16. august1969 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:09 PM

    Overrated? He was the most underrated player for years.

  17. realitypolice says: Feb 6, 2012 5:30 PM

    2dollarpbrs says:
    Feb 6, 2012 5:06 PM
    realitypolice says: Feb 6, 2012 3:03 PM

    If I were a Patriots fan, this would bother me.

    The thing is you are NOT a Pats fan so stop telling us how we should feel

    Faulk was a great player but only played in 2 games this year. You would know this if you watched the Patriots, which you clearly don’t

    Why waster a spot in the Super Bowl for someone who will not play?
    ======================

    I don’t know, why don’t you ask Bill Bellichik who wasted a roster spot on Stevan Ridley, who did not play?

    And by the way, since you obviously are too dense to grasp it, I never told you how YOU should feel. I stated how I would feel.

  18. 2dollarpbrs says: Feb 6, 2012 5:51 PM

    Realitypolice you WISH you were a Pats fan

    Why don’t you tell us how you feel about that Poser

    Clearly you come from where you don’t know any better

  19. CKL says: Feb 6, 2012 6:13 PM

    @ realitypolice,

    I think he did the same with Troy Brown in 07. I think like with Faulk he was on the roster more for showing the young/new to the Pats guys how to be a pro than he was for being able to play much. Just an emergency fill in type guy they didn’t have to show everything to.

    The Ridley thing is a mystery, quite frankly other than he has been turning the ball over a couple times. I expect Ridley & Vereen to be their bellcows next year.

  20. patsfiend says: Feb 7, 2012 12:27 PM

    I was surprised they even kept him on the roster this year. Along with Troy Brown, one of the most clutch and versatile Pats over this run. How many 3rd down catches has this guy made in big games?

    I would have liked to see him in there on that last drive (or the one before), but he’s probably pretty rusty, having not played.

    Great career, and good luck Kevin!

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