Faulk, Light will be honorary captains

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Longtime Patriots Kevin Faulk and Matt Light, who each retired following the 2011 season, will serve as honorary captains for the AFC Championship Game, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Both players were also honored during halftime of a regular season game earlier this season.

Faulk spent the entirety of his 13-year career with the Patriots, finishing as the franchise's all-time leader in all-purpose and kick return yards. Originally a 1999 second-round pick out of LSU, Faulk was known during his career for his well-rounded, dependable game as an adept runner, receiver and pass protector.

Light, like Faulk, spent his entire career in New England, starting 173 of 175 games played in 11 seasons, providing stable protection of quarterback Tom Brady as the team's left tackle. He shares a record with Brady and others for the most Super Bowl games started with five, and was named three Pro Bowls. He played in 20 postseason games in total, starting them all.