Kevin Faulk and his future

BOSTON -- Taking a short break from his visit to Children's Hospital-Boston this morning, veteran running back Kevin Faulk answered questions about his football future. The longest-tenured member of the team and lifetime Patriot shared his thought process on a potential retirement.

"My decision is not going to be based solely on me," he said. "That's one thing I have to weigh in, but at the same time, I've played a lot of football. If it doesn't happen to work out for me later, hey, it doesn't. I'm blessed, I'm happy, I thank God for everything. At the same time, I know what I love to do. If it happens, it happens."

Faulk, who has been with the team since 1999, was inactive for the team's Super Bowl XLVI loss. After opening the season on the physically unable to perform list in his return from a torn ACL, he ended up playing in six games (88 snaps), with Danny Woodhead assuming more of his "passing" back role.

As for what the offseason has been like for him, Faulk said, "Different. But that's life. You just have to deal with it, move on, and hope that everything works out for the best later on."

He doesn't have a sense of where things may lead.

"No, I wish I did. That's the different part, because you don't know what's going on," he said. "You're just going and living your life, and keeping faith in God and knowing that he'll take care of you no matter what goes on later on."

One way or the other, Faulk plans to be connected with the Patriots.

"No matter what happens, I'm going to be involved with the New England Patriots. I've been here 13 years playing. If I happen to retire or they don't happen to bring me back, I'm still going to be a New England Patriot," he said.

Asked what he might do in retirement, Faulk said he feels blessed to have a few options. On the possibility of coaching, he described himself as a "football guy" while adding that's "definitely" something to consider.

"But I don't want to say that now, and then something happens, so I'm just living the life right now," he said.