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Kevin Faulk

Kevin Faulk during a game against the Bills in 2008.
No. 33     New England Patriots
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: June 5, 1976 (1976-06-05) (age 33)
Place of birth: Lafayette, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Debuted in 1999 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing yards     3,505
Average yards per rush     4.2
Rushing touchdowns     16
Receptions     418
Receiving yards     3,605
Receiving touchdowns     15
Stats at

Kevin Troy Faulk (born June 5, 1976 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is an American football running back for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football at LSU.

He is a distant relative [1] of former NFL running back Marshall Faulk.[2]


High school career

Faulk attended Carencro High School in Carencro, Louisiana, where he helped his team win the 1992 State Championship (Class 5A). In high school, Faulk rushed for 4,877 yards on 603 carries (8.1 yards per carry). He also had 7,612 all-purpose yards and 89 touchdowns. He was twice chosen as Louisiana's Most Valuable Player (Class 5A). He was also given All-American Honors by USA Today and Parade.

College career

In 1995, Faulk went to the Louisiana State University (LSU), where he immediately became the starting running back for LSU's football team.

At LSU, Faulk rushed for 4,557 yards in 41 games, which was 2nd best in SEC history behind the legendary Herschel Walker of Georgia (5,259 yards in 34 games). Faulk also finished his career with 6,833 career all-purpose yards and 53 total touchdowns, which tied him for 5th in NCAA history and 1st in SEC history. His SEC record was surpassed on November 21, 2009 by Tim Tebow of the University of Florida.

In 1996, Faulk was voted to the College Football All-America Team by the AP.

Faulk holds the following school records at LSU:

LSU Career All-Purpose Records
  • Most career all-purpose yards (6,833)
LSU Career Scoring Records
  • 2nd most points scored in a career (318 points)
LSU Career Rushing Records
  • Most career rushing yards (4,557 yards)
  • Best career yard-per-rush average (5.32 yards per rush)
  • Best career yard-per-game average (111.2 yards per game)
  • Most career rushing touchdowns (46)
  • Most career 100-yard-rushing games (22)
  • Most career 200-yard-rushing games (4)
  • Most career 1,000-yard seasons (3)

Faulk was also one of the best kick returners in LSU's history with 832 yards and 2 TDs on punt returns and 884 yards and 1 TD on kickoff returns.

NFL career

In 1999, Faulk was selected by the New England Patriots in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 1999 NFL draft. During that same year, Faulk finished his rookie season with 1,358 all-purpose yards in only 11 games. He also returned a kickoff for 95 yards against the New York Jets on November 15.

In 2000, Faulk finished the regular season with 1,909 all-purpose yards in 16 games.

In 2001, Faulk helped the Patriots finish the regular season with an 11-5 record by compiling 1,070 all-purpose yards in 15 games.

In 2002, Faulk finished the regular season with 1,440 all-purpose yards in 15 games. He also finished 2nd in the NFL with a 27.9-yard kickoff return average (725 yards on 26 returns). That same year, he broke the Patriots' franchise record for total kickoff return yards, which had previously been held by David Meggett (who had 2,561 yards on kickoff returns). Also in 2002, Faulk returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, becoming only the 2nd player in Patriots history to return more than one kickoff for a touchdown in a season. One kickoff return was an 86-yard return against the Oakland Raiders on November 17, the other was an 87-yard kickoff return against the New York Jets on December 22.

In 2003, Faulk helped the Patriots finish the regular season with a 14-2 record by compiling 1,351 all-purpose yards in 15 games (including 1,078 yards from scrimmage). In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Faulk helped the Patriots to a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers with 42 yards rushing and 19 yards receiving. His biggest plays were a 23-yard run in the 4th quarter and a two-point conversion score with 2:51 left in the fourth quarter; stunningly the two-point conversion was the only score by Faulk in 2003.

As of the end of the 2006 season, he had the most receptions (276) for a running back in Patriots franchise history.[3]

In Week 13 of the 2007 season against the Ravens, Faulk forced a fumble out of Ed Reed who had just intercepted a Tom Brady pass. The play turned out to be crucial to the game and the 16-0 season, as it let the Patriots score a field goal on that drive. The Pats won the close game, 27-24

To start the 2008 season, Faulk was given a one-game suspension for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He was found possessing marijuana while attending a Lil' Wayne concert.[4] He thus missed New England's ill-fated meeting with Kansas City in which Tom Brady was lost for the season. Faulk returned against the Jets and in 15 games compiled 1,161 all-purpose yards and a combined six touchdowns.

His loyalty and devotion to the Patriots team mentality has been applauded on by multiple announcers, coaches, and other players. Bill Belichick once said in a press conference, "Kevin would be willing to stick around no matter what. Heck, he'd even sweep the floor if it contributes to this team. He's a great person."

As of November 2009, Faulk has the most career rushing yards in NFL history of any running back to not record a single 100-yard rushing game.

On March 10th, 2010, Faulk agreed to a contract with the Patriots.

Career stats


Year Team Games
Yards Avg. TD 1st
Long Fumb Fumb
1999 New England Patriots 11 67 227 3.4 1 7 43 3 2
2000 New England Patriots 16 164 570 3.5 4 31 18 4 2
2001 New England Patriots 15 41 169 4.1 1 9 24 0 0
2002 New England Patriots 15 52 271 5.2 2 8 45 0 0
2003 New England Patriots 15 178 638 3.6 0 28 23 3 3
2004 New England Patriots 11 54 255 4.7 1 14 20 0 0
2005 New England Patriots 8 51 145 2.8 0 5 13 1 1
2006 New England Patriots 15 25 123 4.9 1 6 11 0 0
2007 New England Patriots 16 62 265 4.3 1 15 14 0 0
2008 New England Patriots 15 83 507 6.1 3 24 41 0 0
2009 New England Patriots 15 62 335 5.4 2 18 29 1 0
Totals 145 807 3279 4.06 15 158 45 12 8


Preceded by
Terry Allen
New England Patriots Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Antowain Smith

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