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BOSTON (CBS) – Technically, Kevin Faulk is not a member of the New England Patriots.
But that does not stop him from helping out a former teammate.
Faulk, along with numerous past and present Patriots, were present at the Joe Andruzzi and Friends Golf Tournament at Granite Links in Quincy on Monday, all to raise money for families dealing with cancer.
“We’ve been together for a long time, me and Joe,” Faulk said from the tournament. “When he called and I was able to be here I was like ‘sure, why not? I can stink up the course for a little bit to help out a good cause and donate some money.”
As for what the free agent back has heard from the Patriots, well it isn’t much. There has been no contact between the 14-year-veteran and the team.
“Not at all. But this is the New England Patriots; it’s what they do,” said Faulk. “They’ve been doing business like this for a long time, and you have to understand that.”
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“I’m human, I get frustrated by it,” said Faulk. “But at the same time I’m fortunate enough to have been there long enough to understand what’s going on.”
“(I’m) just being patient; still working out but still doing what I have to do to maintain me and my family.”
If that call never comes from the Patriots, the decision on his future has already been made.
“Kevin Faulk is done. It’s as simple as that,” the 36-year-old said. “I’ve been fortunate to do things in previous years to prepare myself for this. It’s one of those things; it happens. Your career comes to and end at some point.”
As Faulk has said numerous times before, he doesn’t want to play anywhere but New England.
“I’m not playing for any other team,” he said adamantly. “I’ve built a foundation here with the team, the fans, the media. It doesn’t make no sense, if I’m going to play for 1 or 2 more years, to go somewhere else and do that.”
The Patriots are in pretty good shape at running back, with veteran Joseph Addai joining Danny Woodhead and second-year backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. But if his playing days are over, could Faulk find his calling on the sidelines as a coach?
“You never know,” said Faulk. “My heart is with football, and I’m sure I’ll be around football in some fashion.”