Running back Kevin Faulk, who spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Patriots, will announce his retirement on Tuesday at the The Hall at Patriot Place in Foxborough, the team said on Monday.
Faulk tore his right ACL against the Jets in 2010 and began last season on the physically unable to perform list. He returned to the roster in late October and played in seven regular-season games, finishing with 17 carries and seven receptions, but has since acknowledged that he wasn’t at 100 percent physically.
Speculation about Faulk’s retirement has been ongoing since last season. In a February interview with the Globe, Faulk said he had no regrets about his time in the NFL.
“If I say I regret, that means I regret everything that I did,’’ Faulk said. “That’s enough. God blessed me with 12, 13 years of playing the NFL. Just because my last year didn’t go the way I wanted it to go? Nah, I’m good. I did a whole lot, and I realized that through the course of the year.”
In the same interview, he talked about how he wanted Patriots fans to remember him:
“I want to be put in that same category as your Troy Browns, Tedy Bruschis, your Willie McGinests, Ty Laws - all of them. Those are the guys that when I came, those were the guys that everybody was looking up to.”
Faulk leaves behind a unique legacy in New England. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round in 1999 out of Louisiana State University and played for all three of the franchise’s Super Bowl championship teams. He is the team’s career leader in all-purpose yards with 12,349 and kick return yards with 4,098.