Having spent the entire of his 11-year career with the New England Patriots, running back Kevin Faulk thinks that he should just begin and end his NFL career both as a Patriot, just like All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who chose to re-join the Boston Red Sox, the team drafted him in 1994 be he retired the next day. So, Faulk decided to re-sign with the Patriots.
“I might have left and gone and it might have been successful, but it wouldn’t have been the same if I would have been here doing it,” Faulk said Thursday in a conference call with reporters, a day after Garciaparra made his awkward, one-day return to the Red Sox for the purpose of announcing his retirement. “What happened with Nomar Garciaparra—it’s great he came back and retired a Red Sox, but at the same time if he would have done it here it would have even been better.”
Being picked by the Patriots as a second-round draft choice in 1999, Faulk became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month. He is the longest-tenured member of the Patriots and played in all the Patriots’ three Super Bowl victories along with Tom Brady, Matt Light and Stephen Neal. His numbers in last season included 335 rushing yards, 37 pass catches for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns. Since putting on the Patriots jersey, he has totally had 3,505 yards rushing and 418 receptions for 3,605 yards along with returned kicks and punts.