Speaking while visiting Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence on Thursday, Patriots running back Kevin Faulk said he’s training to come back for another season with the team.
“I am training to come back and play. But it’s not up to me. It’s up to the team and everything. But I am planning on coming back, so we’ll see what happens,” Faulk said.
If Faulk does return in 2012, it would mark his 14th season with the Patriots. The 35-year-old running back has been limited the last couple of seasons because of a knee injury he suffered in a loss to the Jets early in the 2010 season.
“Everyone says, ‘You don’t have anything to prove.’ Which, I don’t. I don’t play the game of football to prove anything to anyone,” he said. “I play the game of football because I love it, I’m passionate about the game of football. It’s what I’ve been doing. It’s what I love to do.
“It took me a while to make a decision, but I felt like I needed this time. I’ve been playing professional football for a very long time. I’ve been blessed, in my eyes, to play for one of the best organizations in the NFL. And to have the opportunity to be able to play again. ... I wanted to give myself that time to think about it, and I thought about it, and I knew where my heart is -- and it’s always been here.”
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Nick O'Malley contributed to this report.
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