The people have spoken.
No disrespect whatsoever to the Patriots’ other Hall of Fame candidates, Mike Vrabel and Raymond Clayborn, who were worthy in their own rights. But the election of Kevin Faulk is an example of democracy at its finest.
We can talk all we want about Faulk’s 161 regular season games and accumulated 3,607 yards rushing on 864 attempts for a 4.2-yard average with 16 touchdowns. His 431 passes for 3,701 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Or the 181 kicks he returned for 4,098 yards and two touchdowns and his 101 punt returns for 943 yards. Celebrate all you want that he is the Patriots’ all-time leader in receptions by a running back and is one of just 30 backs in NFL history with 400 receptions. Those numbers are why he was a Pats’ Hall of Fame nominee, but not why he’s in.
Make no mistake, number 33 locked up this election the nanosecond he walked up to the podium at the draft in a number 12 jersey and announced “The New England Patriots and Tom Brady select…” When he threw his defiance in the NFL’s face, he spoke for all decent, right-thinking, freedom loving fighters for justice everywhere. And such is the struggle of our times, articulated by Kevin Faulk better than anyone has. And for that reason alone, he deserves to be immortalized.
Now, I can’t wait to hear Faulk’s induction speech. Let’s just hope in includes a big, fat #FaulkYou to the NFL.
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