Last Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick opted not to activate running back Kevin Faulk for the Super Bowl. It came as a major surprise, and disappointment, to a man who could have been suiting up for the last time.
“That morning when I got the word that I wasn’t going to dress — wow,” Faulk tells NESN, via NFL.com. “[I] cried a little bit because 75 percent of me knew that this could possibly be my last game playing — not playing just dressing. If I dressed there could possibly be that much of a chance that I could play, so that really crushed me a whole lot.”
Faulk, 35, has played only for the Patriots since entering the league in 1999. He tore an ACL in 2010, and he appeared in only seven regular-season games in 2011. He last played in the Patriots’ 45-10 win over the Broncos in the AFC division-round playoffs.
Many now believe Faulk will retire. “I know everyone speculated that I was going to make a decision [after the Super Bowl],” Faulk said. “It’s kind of early, and I don’t want to tie my emotions to what went on the Sunday that passed. What went on the whole course of the season.”